Breast Cancer News

Developments and studies made by breast cancer associations and government agencies are made known to the public through breast cancer news. This is an effective way to keep abreast of the discoveries and advances made in this field.

At present, there are a lot of faster and easier ways to get breast cancer news. One source is the internet. Online medical journals are made accessible to everybody. News and developments can be easily published with online books. Newspapers and magazines have websites where their articles are likewise published. So all the information we need can be found by conducting a quick search. Websites of online support groups and associations also provide for links to these articles. Medical experts in the breast cancer field also develop their own websites, where they post new discoveries and observations as well as answer questions that may be posted.

Books can also be great sources of breast cancer news. But more often than not, “news” becomes old by the time the books are available in the bookstands. Still, you are assured of the accuracy of the findings because these are often products of long-term research and many clinical trials. Information found in these books continues to be useful until a new discovery comes along to contradict it.

One important thing to note is that some of these news articles are research findings that are not final yet. Take note of words like “tendency” and “possibility.” This means that you do not take all information as they are posted or published. It is better to check or verify the information with your physician, as they are also good resources of breast cancer news.

Innovations in breast cancer detection and diagnosis are the common headlines in breast cancer news. Aside from the old style mammogram, digital mammograms are now available. While the mechanism is practically the same as the old mammogram, digital mammograms allow doctors to have a clearer view of the tumor by digital enhancements and manipulations. This makes detection easier for doctors, so more tumors can be detected at its earliest stage, where patient survival rate is still 100%. An advance called CAD makes possible the storage of data and highlighting of areas that may require a second opinion. Cancer detection rate is therefore increased.

As an added innovation to digital imaging, tests are currently being conducted for the new screening technique called tomosynthesis. Aside from digital imaging, a three-dimensional image of the breast can now be generated. This will allow doctors to see tumors that might develop in between the tissue layers. This will improve detection and reduce false positives at the same time.

Another technological advancement is called positron emission mammography. The body will be injected with radioactive tracer dye in minimal amount to facilitate the PEM scan and improve the breast image.

A screening procedure that was once considered important but is not developed anymore is ductal lavage. It involves the analysis of cells in the milk ducts after it is flushed with fluids. Testing made on the procedure showed its inability to detect false positives.

Attention is focused on breast ultrasound. After some tests, it showed its ability to detect breast cysts, so a biopsy to check if the lump is malignant would no longer be necessary.

Recent news featured a link between the age when one attains his maximum height and breast cancer risk. Research shows that women who reached maximum height at a younger age had a higher breast cancer risk than those who reached maximum height at an older age. Researchers are still conducting more tests with respect to this development.

Breast cancer news provides useful information in the field of breast cancer. The major enemy of breast cancer is lack of knowledge. If we are able to gather more information on the topic, then we educate ourselves. Remember that the key to breast cancer survival is being able to detect the tumor while it is at its earliest stage. If we are not aware of this, if we do not submit ourselves to screening tests, if we continue to expose ourselves to risk factors, then we may develop breast cancer and discover it much later, where cure is almost impossible. There is no better weapon than knowledge. So equip yourselves long before the battle starts.

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