Womens' Health

Breast Implants Linked to Increased Risk of Developing Breast ALCL

A new study found that breast implants are linked to an increased risk of this rare type of cancer.

Night Shifts Found to Increase Risk for Multiple Cancers in Female Nurses

A new international study found that night shift work significantly increases the risk of developing common cancers in women.

FDA Approves GammaPod for Breast Cancer Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new breast cancer treatment machine that uses gamma rays to target tumors without harming healthy tissue.

Targeted Therapy Halves Mortality Risk in Advanced Breast Cancer

An old treatment paradigm may be killing women.

Eribulin Enormously Benefits Major Subset of Breast Cancer Patients

One group of breast cancer patients improves significantly following treatment with Eribulin.

FDA Warns Patients That Thermogram is No Alternative to Mammogram

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a warning reminding patients that thermography should not replace mammography for breast cancer screening.

New Combo Therapy Doubles Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

A new study found that a combination of everolimus and fulvestrant doubled progression-free survival in these patients compared to fulvestrant alone.

Fertility Therapy Failure Tied to Increased Risk of Heart Problems

Fertility treatment failure is associated with a significant increased risk of cardiovascular disease over the long term.

Prolonged Use of Aromatase Inhibitors Reduces Breast Ca Recurrence

  • Would extending aromatase inhibitor (AI) treatment to 10 years would further reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence?
  • Prolonged AI therapy avoid adverse effects of treatment with tamoxifen.
  • Trial enrolled 1,918 women with early stage breast cancer.
  • Extending AI treatment to 10 years significantly improved disease-free survival.
  • Results were presented at 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; not yet published in peer-reviewed journal.

Systematic Review: 3D Mammography Shows Promise Over Conventional Mammography

 

  • Systematic review included 5 studies comparing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) plus full-field digital mammography (FFDM) versus FFDM alone for the detection of breast cancer lesion in asymptomatic women.
  • DBT plus full field digital mammography detected cancer at a higher rate than conventional mammography alone.
  • DBT plus conventional digital mammography “increases the effectiveness of breast cancer screening.”
  • DBT was also found to increase patient convenience by reducing false positives.

Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives is 2x 2010; 6x 2002

  • According to the CDC, the rate of usage of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as IUDs, by American women has doubled since 2010.
  • The rate of LARC usage has grown 6-fold since 2002.
  • Currently 11.6% of American women use LARC.
  • LARC usage is the fastest growing sector of the contraceptive market.
  • This social movement represents an opportunity for clinicians to educate patients about optimal contraception.

Breast Cancer Death Rates 42% Higher for Black Women

  • Breast cancer death rates are 42% higher in black women than white women.
  • According to a recent study from the American Cancer Society, black and white women now have equal breast cancer incidences for the first time in record keeping.
  • Black women die younger and sooner after diagnosis with breast cancer.
  • Black women are often diagnosed with more aggressive cancers.
  • Data show disparity in healthcare access is not a significant cause of mortality disparity.
  • Ethnicity must influence clinical decision making.

Women at Greater Cancer Risk from Moderate Drinking

  • Numerous studies have found that one drink per day raised risk of breast cancer by as much as 15%.
  • Breast cancer risk appears to be directly related to alcohol consumption.
  • Alcohol seems to be disproportionately injurious to women.
  • Alcohol consumption has been linked to increased risk of 10 or more cancers.
  • Counsel even those patients who are moderate drinkers that abstinence  is safest.

Program Significantly Reduces Incidence of Rape at Universities

  • As many as 25% of women report being raped or sexually assaulted while attending college in North America.
  • College acquaintances are the most common perpetrators.
  • A program designed to teach college women how to assess risk, acknowledge danger, and engage in verbal and physical self-defense significantly reduced the incidence of rape and sexual assault.
  • The randomized, controlled, multicenter study included nearly 900 women on 3 university campuses.
  • Researchers found 46% fewer rapes and 63% fewer attempted rapes in the group that followed the training program.