Better mammography: A new and improved technology for reading mammograms called CAD (computer-aided detection) is described in the latest issue of The Economist . Researchers at Duke University Medical Center are developing a knowledge-based CAD system that compares the images taken by a radiologist with a large collection of normal and abnormal mammograms in a database. The new mammogram reading system has a lower rate of false positives than other systems.
Why cancer spreads: The great majority of cancer deaths—more than 90 percent of them—are caused when cancer cells begin to spread or metastasize from a primary tumor through the body to a vital organ such as the lungs, bones, brain or liver. Now, according to an illuminating article in the New York Times, scientists are beginning to understand more about metastasis and new therapies are beginning to accumulate. This is widely viewed by researchers as an important milestone in cancer treatment.
Breast cancer treatment and hear...
Several years ago, I wrote an article for U.S. News and World Report about the large and well-known Harvard study of nurses that is often in the news for its findings about women’s health. So I take a special interest when the study is in the news , as it is again today for its’ latest finding: that the risk of breast cancer , especially the type I was diagnosed with, estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, could be linked to eating red meat.
The study of 90,000 women found that the more red meat the women ate in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the larger their risk was for developing breast cancer in the next 12 years. The women who ate the most red meat –more than one and a half servings a day—had nearly twice the risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate three or fewer servings per week. The study was published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The findings are not definitive and further research is needed to confirm the connection between ...
October 11: If you spot a new, glossy, bright pink magazine on
the shelves of your local grocery and book stores, it may be the
Live & Thrive After Breast Cancer . This semi-annual
magazine is the first to focus entirely on breast cancer.
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