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Physical activity's effect on breast cancer varies

Wed May 14, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a literature review of published studies confirm that while all women are likely to reduce their risk of breast cancer with regular physical activity, certain subgroups benefit more than others.

According to the report posted online by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, postmenopausal women and those with a normal body mass index (BMI) are among the groups that achieve the greatest risk reduction with physical activity. BMI is the ratio of height to weight.


One-fifth of women would consider double mastectomy as breast cancer prevention strategy

August 29, 2005

You're not going to believe this one: A recent poll of 1500 women in Britain and five other countries found that 22 percent of them would consider having both breasts removed if they were at high risk for breast cancer. We're not talking about the removal of breasts that have cancer; we're talking about the removal of both breasts, a double mastectomy, as a prevention strategy -- even without a diagnosis of cancer. Amazingly, one out of five women said yes.


Does dietary folate intake modify effect of alcohol consumption on breast cancer risk?

Laura Baglietto 1*, Dallas R English 1, Dorota M Gertig 2, John L Hopper 2, Graham G Giles 1

1 Cancer Epidemiology Centre, The Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, 100 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
2 Centre for Genetic Epidemiology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

* Correspondence to: .

Objective To evaluate the effect of dietary folate intake on the relation between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk.

Design Prospective cohort study.

Setting Melbourne, Australia.


FAQ; I have Breast Cance; Ask the Expert

I am 49 years old and had breast cancer diagnosed last Dec. I had a lumpectomy and

14 lymph nodes removed. One out of the 14 nodes had cancer in it. I received chemotherapy and radiation and because the cancer was Estrogen Receptor Positive and I am Post Menopausal I was prescribed tamoxifen. I have been on it for over 6 months now and am interested in replacing it with a natural remedy such as Natural Progesterone Cream.

Antioxidants May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women. The American Cancer Society predicts that more than 212,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2003.

At the recent 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Dr. Shumin Zhang and colleagues shared findings from a controlled study done in conjunction with the Nurses Health Study at Brigham and Woman's Hospital.


AACR: High Cysteine Levels Linked to Lower Rates of Breast Cancer

By Brian Reid

WASHINGTON, DC -- July 15, 2003 -- High serum levels of cysteine are linked to a lower risk of breast cancer, according to a presentation made here on June 12th at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

These findings suggest that boosting of plasma cysteine levels might have a preventative effect on breast cancer, the researchers said.

Women in the highest quintile for measured cystein


Breast Cancer: On Stage

September 4, 2003 

While a diagnosis of breast cancer is almost always shocking, not all breast cancers behave in the same way. In an effort to provide the best possible plan of attack, cancer specialists perform a series of tests to classify breast tumors into stages. This information determines the extent of the cancer and is used to guide treatment decisions. While early-stage disease refers to those cancers that are still contained within the breast or have not spread very far, later-stage breast cancers may have advanced to other parts of the body.

Below, Dr. D.