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Breast Cancer

BRCA Gene Mutations and Cancer

Two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, if mutated are known to dramatically increase a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Men can also carry these genes, and if they have a gene mutation, which also puts them at risk for developing breast and other cancers, though their breast cancer risk is not nearly as much as in women. Here's what you need to know about these genes and genetic testing.

Lifestyle Changes Women Should Consider to Prevent Cancer

While it is not clear how nutrition and physical activity may relate to ovarian cancer risk, there is strong evidence that a few basic lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of breast and endometrial cancers. The strongest risk factor for both is being overweight or obese. Researchers think that as fat mass increases, estrogen levels do too, so lifestyle changes that focus on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight are key to decreasing a person’s risk of endometrial and breast cancers.

Study finds rate of mastectomies decreases with adoption of breast tumor margin guidelines

Date Visible: 
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:45

In a dramatic shift since the publication of margin guidelines for breast cancer surgery, lumpectomy rates have substantially increased and more-aggressive surgical options have been used less often, a new study finds.

Anti-estrogen therapy reduces risk of breast cancer recurrence

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 17:30

Daniel Hayes, M.D., Clinical Director of the Breast Oncology Program in the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the results of trials involving the use of anti-estrogen therapy for more than five years for breast cancer patients.

Women’s sexual recovery after cancer

Sexual recovery during and after a women’s cancer diagnosis and treatment is as important as ensuring adequate nutrition, sleep and a healthy frame of mind. We spoke with Sallie Foley, LMSW, AASECT, co-author of "Sex Matters for Women," about sexual recovery after cancer for women who experience early menopause or menopause-like symptoms following cancer treatment.

Free event highlights latest in breast cancer care, research

Date Visible: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 09:00

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center experts will discuss breast cancer risks (and how you can reduce yours), as well as screening, treatment and research at a free Breast Cancer Summit on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Physicians’ misunderstanding of genetic test results may hamper mastectomy decisions for breast cancer patients

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 16:00

A recent survey of over 2,000 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer found that half of those who undergo bilateral mastectomy after genetic testing don’t actually have mutations known to confer increased risk of additional cancers.

Looking beyond cancer cells to understand what makes breast cancer spread

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:15

A new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center identifies a protein in that microenvironment that promotes the spread of breast cancer cells. It’s part of a well-known family of receptors for which promising inhibitors are being developed.

Doctor communication key to managing breast cancer patient risk worries

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 14:00

Nearly one-third of early stage breast cancer patients overestimate their risk of cancer recurrence — believing it to be more than double their actual risk. And that overestimation is affecting their quality of life, according to two recent studies. The good news? A more nuanced approach to doctor-patient communication may help improve patients’ understanding.

Medical assistant's cancer opens a door

Mimi Schork, a breast cancer survivor, used her diagnosis to move her toward a healthier lifestyle -- and led her to get involved in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.