Saturday, August 29, 2015

Breast cancer stages
To be able to choose the treatment protocols, doctors classify different cases of breast cancer by stages. Breast cancer stages are usually mentioned as a number on a scale of 0 through IV. The minimum stage is 0 which is describing non-invasive cancers that remain within their original location and the maximum stage is IV which is describing invasive cancers that have spread outside the breast to other parts of the body. Breast cancer stage is based on several factors.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Breast cancer cells
Scientists noted that at least one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime (about 12% of women). Most women who get breast cancer are over 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer. If it is discovered at early stages and if it is treated early enough, breast cancer can be cured and prevented from spreading to other parts of the body.
Nowadays breast cancer treatment protocols are pretty successful – survival rates are growing every year. To estimate and make prognosis for each case of breast cancer doctors needs to know not only tumor sizes but also breast cancer cells’ types. Depending on breast cancer cells all treatment strategies could be developed and future survival prognosis can be estimated.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Breast cancer types
One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in women (first is skin cancer). Average five-year survival rate is more than 90% for breast cancers detected early thanks to modern screening and prevention methods as well as new improved, personalized targeted treatments.
In most cases breast cancer is diagnosed in women after 50 (about 75%) but it does occur in younger women also. Only 5-10% of all breast cancers are the result of inherited genetic factors. List of other risk factors include use of hormones, stress, obesity, low levels of vitamin D, smoking, drinking, etc.
Breast cancer types are important to clarify because all treatment strategies and future survival depend on breast cancer types.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Stress and breast cancer
During last decades the stress is becoming a “normal” part of women life – career development, home, children, professional activities, complicated relations, family responsibilities. Generations of modern women experience growing levels of stress due to trying to balance work and home lives. What are the consequences of this modern stressful life?
Swedish researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg say that being under stress may double a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Red wine and breast cancer
Women could discover several confusing articles about red wine and breast cancer. Some experts recommend avoid alcohol including red wine and some consider red wine as anticancer remedy. Some introduce red wine health benefits. What about women who already have breast cancer? What to do? The dilemma is – Drink or not to drink the red wine if you want to prevent breast cancer or if you want to survive after breast cancer treatments?
Red grapes and red wine contain pretty powerful antioxidants (so called “polyphenols” and “resveratrol”) which have been shown to interact during breast cancer development.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Red wine health benefits
During last decades medical society is trying to find the explanations for so called “French paradox” linked to red wine consumption. The French paradox refers to the observation that the French suffer a relatively low incidence of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively rich in saturated fats. The phenomenon was first noted by Irish physician Samuel Black in 1819.
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Breast cancer and phytoestrogens
Phytoestrogens are structurally estrogen-like chemicals found in plant foods such as beans, seeds and grains. Foods made from soybeans have some of the highest levels of phytoestrogens. In laboratory studies it was shown that phytoestrogens can bind to estrogen receptors and either produce or inhibit estrogen effects.
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Tomosynthesis and breast cancer
Tomosynthesis (so called “Digital Tomosynthesis” or “Digital Breast Tomosynthesis” or “DBT”) is a newly developed improved type of mammography (3-D) – the method for performing high-resolution limited-angle tomography at mammographic dose levels. It is a new dimension in breast cancer detection. Tomosynthesis can provide a higher diagnostic accuracy compared to conventional mammography which is highly appreciated by experts.
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