Skirt Size Increase Linked to 33% Greater Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk

Bottom Line: Going up a skirt size over a period of 10 years between your mid 20s and mid 60s is linked to a 33% greater risk of developing breast cancer after the menopause, finds a large observational study published in the online journal BMJ Open. The women in the study were questioned at the … Continue reading Skirt Size Increase Linked to 33% Greater Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk

Time to Halt “Unethical” Breast Cancer Screening Trial, Warn Experts

Bottom Lines: Experts are calling for the ongoing trial into extended breast cancer screening to be halted. In a letter to The BMJ this week, Susan Bewley, Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London and colleagues describe flaws in governance and oversight that have led to “improper science and an unethical trial.” They call for the trial to be halted while an … Continue reading Time to Halt “Unethical” Breast Cancer Screening Trial, Warn Experts

Breast Cancer Screening For Over 70s Doesn’t Prompt Expected Sharp Fall in Advanced Disease

Bottom Line: Including much older women in a national breast cancer screening programme does not prompt a sharp fall in new cases of advanced disease in this age group – as would be expected for a successful initiative – reveals a study of the Dutch experience, published on the bmj.com today. Instead, it may just … Continue reading Breast Cancer Screening For Over 70s Doesn’t Prompt Expected Sharp Fall in Advanced Disease

Racial Disparities in Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Women with Breast Cancer

Bottom Line: The use of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) to stage early breast cancer increased in both black and white women from 2002 to 2007, but the rates remained lower in black than white patients, a disparity that contributed to disparities in the risk for lymphedema (arm swelling common after breast cancer treatment because … Continue reading Racial Disparities in Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Women with Breast Cancer

New Study Suggests Benefit of Screening on Breast Cancer Deaths

Bottom Line: Invitation to modern mammography screening may reduce deaths from breast cancer by about 28%, suggests a study from Norway published on bmj.com. This means that for every 10,000 women invited to screening, about 27 deaths from breast cancer might be avoided during their lifetime. Full Study: An accompanying editorial says this study largely confirms … Continue reading New Study Suggests Benefit of Screening on Breast Cancer Deaths

Breast cancer surgery trends in Canada

Bottom Line: Surgical care for breast cancer in Canada varies substantially across the country according to the province or territory in which a woman lives, according to an article in CMAJ Open. Breast Cancer: Breast cancer surgery is the most common treatment for early-stage breast cancer. For most women, long-term survival with breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy combined … Continue reading Breast cancer surgery trends in Canada

Study Examines Prophylactic Double Mastectomy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Bottom Line: Many women diagnosed with cancer in one breast consider, and eventually undergo, a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) to remove both breasts, although few of them have a clinically significant risk of developing cancer in both breasts. Author: Sarah T. Hawley, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, and colleagues. … Continue reading Study Examines Prophylactic Double Mastectomy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis