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How Researchers Wiped Out Triple-Negative Breast Cancer | dailyRx

How Researchers Wiped Out Triple-Negative Breast Cancer | dailyRx | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Triple-negative breast cancer is a fast-growing form of the disease that tends to return (recur). But a fresh...
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I don't even need to comment... I'm not even going to read the article. Yes, the headline is that bad.

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Breast cancer breakthrough could spare thousands needless treatment - Telegraph

Breast cancer breakthrough could spare thousands needless treatment - Telegraph | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Breast cancer test could save thousands of women from unnecessary surgery
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A molecule was identified.  The research "could be the key to the hunt to develop a reliable prognostic test....."    It is "possible" tests may be in use within two years which would be great.  The problem, the speed with which this all happens will depend upon the number of women diagnosed with DCIS who choose not to have treatment.  THAT is going to be a hard sell-the percentages of those with DCIS who progress to invasive cancer are still too high for most to choose "do nothing" .... In other words...  I appreciate the use of the word *could* in the headline but this is definitely not ready for prime time.

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Just 4 Women - Don’t be afraid – breast cancer is curable

Just 4 Women - Don’t be afraid – breast cancer is curable | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
We’ve come a long way in the fight against breast cancer, and additional progress is made each year to better understand the enemy.
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Not only is the headline the most irresponsible thing I've ever read, the CONTENT of the article follows suite.  We don't use the word "curable" in the world of breast cancer advocacy.  Those of us with close ties to the metastatic community are acutely aware that 30% of us, with early stage disease, will go on to develop distant, FATAL recurrences.  I don't know if something was lost in translation between the doctor and the author of the article, but the whole thing is extremely troubling.

 

The most egregious of a very poor piece of journalism:

 

We’ve come a long way in the fight against breast cancer, and additional progress is made each year to better understand the enemy.

 

(ME.. no, we haven't come a long way, we are barely beyond the starting blocks.  My treatment in 2006 was nearly identical to my mom's in 1987)


While there’s still much work to be done, the good news is breast cancer is curable, if caught early enough.

 

(ME.... see comment above regarding the word cure)

Doctor John West, medical director with the Tampa Bay Oncology Center in Largo, said about 90 percent of breast cancer cases are curable when found in the early stages.

 

(ME.... ditto above)

Even better news is that fewer women are being diagnosed with advanced stages of breast cancer these days, which West credits to aggressive education campaigns about the importance of breast self-exams and mammograms.

 

(ME..... read the REAL stats.  Number of deaths per 100,000 women which is really the only way to measure the success with advances disease, is barely changed.  On my blog...)

West has 30 years of experience as a radiation oncologist. An oncologist is a physician who studies all cancers and specializes in different areas of treatment – radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. In some cases, treatment is coordinated between all three.

 

(ME.... in all cases, treatment determination should be made by consulting all of these doctors: surgical, medical and radiation oncologists)

“It can be a team effort,” he said.

 

(ME.... "can be"  .... NO, it MUST BE a team effort)

Women who are diagnosed in the early – curable – stage will first consult with their doctor to decide if they should have a mastectomy or not. West said the vast majority of women prefer lump removal, lumpectomy, followed by radiation therapy, if there has been no spread of the cancer.

 

(ME..... Show me the data.... seems like someone may be pushing an agenda... but I'm so annoyed right now, I'm not thinking clearly... so, just show me the data)

He said radiation therapy is time consuming, but it allows women to preserve their breasts – the contour, shape and texture. He said the results of the biopsy, which determines the type of tumor, most often determines the best treatment method.

 

(ME..... radiated skin can be a problem and all lumpectomy affects contour, shape and texture.... very few walk away with NO noticeable changes in appearance)

Women who are diagnosed with advanced stages of breast cancer, when the tumor has grown too big or the cancer has spread into the skin, lymph nodes or other parts of the body, are harder to cure, and doctors may not be able to cure them. These women are most likely to receive attention from all three specialties.

 

(ME.... women dx'd with advanced stages aren't "harder to cure" ... they are terminal.  They will NEVER be "cured" ..at best, they will be chronic and ONLY if the research advances to help them....)

West said women with advanced stage cancer likely would be treated with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor before having surgery or radiation therapy. The goal of this “palliative care” is to extend life and improve the quality of life. He gave an example of radiation therapy being used on a patient whose cancer had spread to the bone. He said radiation could be used to kill only the cancer cells in the bone to help alleviate the pain and let the bone heal.

 

(ME...... if "advanced stage" means beyond the breast, in most cases, surgical removal of tumor has not been done.  They are researching this NOW)

He said while many advances in treatment have been made, “there still was a critical need for research,” especially for treatment methods for advanced stages and women who relapse after their cancer has been cured.

 

(ME.... YAY on need for research... NAY on the part about "relapsing after cured" .... WE ARE NOT CURED)

Researchers are continuing to understand hereditary breast cancer and to identify those genes that put women at high risk. He said the percentage of women who carry the gene for hereditary cancer is very low, although he suspects the number is probably “higher than we know.” More work also is needed to develop testing methods, which West said are “tremendously complex.”

 

(ME.... a YAY, not much wrong with this)

“Eighty-five percent of cancers are the garden variety caused by a random mutation,” he said.

 

(ME... yes that's statistically correct.  Use the "big words" .... I'm tired of hearing "garden variety" as if this is no big damn deal.  It's caused "invasive ductal carcinoma"  ... and no one is sure of all of the factors that cause ANY cancer.... could be more than just a random mutation... maybe enviornmental??)

But breast cancer tends to run in families. So discussing your family’s medical history with your doctor is very important.

 

(ME... WTF???? MOST CANCERS occur in women with NO FAMILY HISTORY)

“It’s an enormously complicated field,” West said. “I’m always learning.”

 

(ME.. .leaving that alone...)

Radiation therapy has been refined about as much as possible, he said. But other treatment methods, including hormonal therapy and targeted therapies, are being used and studied.

 

(ME... ditto above)

“We’re not quite there yet,” he said. “But someday we’ll find that silver bullet.”

 

(ME... let's hope)

West said the most important thing women need to remember is “don’t be afraid.”

 

(ME... right.. become EDUCATED and empowered)

“Early detection is so important, 90 percent of early stages can be cured – that’s the progress that’s been made,” he said. “The tragedy is when they hide the tumor and don’t seek help until it may be too late.”

 

(ME... early detection is important but it's not nearly as important as once thought to be.... it's about the tumor biology.... the biggest tumors can be relatively easy to treat and some of the smallest specks are biologically aggressive.  Size matters, but sometimes, not so much)

He said breast cancer was “great shining example” of the progress being made in the fight against all cancers.

 

(ME... NO SHINING EXAMPLE... the end game is prevent death when "fighting cancers."  We've not succeeded in the area that matters most)

West said he’s seen a change in the perception of patients in the 30 years he’s been an oncologist.

 

(ME... the perception has HARMED those with metastatic disease.....  they are seen as the failures, those who did something wrong.... they are the stain on the ribbon)

“When I started practicing, there was such a negative attitude about cancer and people would come in with advanced cases. They would almost be in denial,” he said. “But thanks to public awareness, that’s changed.”


(ME... I'm done with the commentary)

 

 

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Gene that may stop the spread of breast cancer identified

Gene that may stop the spread of breast cancer identified | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
In cancer, the spread of tumor cells from the primary site to other parts of the body is called metastasis and is a major cause of death, especially in patients with breast cancer.
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Same story as the "Major Breakthough" ....  this headline isn't splashy.  Gene that may stop spread is id'd.  That's it.  

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New Data Confirms Circulating Tumor Cells Are Useful Predictors of Progression-free and Overall Survival - The Sacramento Bee

New Data Confirms Circulating Tumor Cells Are Useful Predictors of Progression-free and Overall Survival - The Sacramento Bee | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
RARITAN, N.J., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Diagnostics, LLC announced today that results from the study leading to the approval of CELLSEARCH® in China by that country's State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) as an in vitro diagnostic for...
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CONFIRMS?????  OK... first of all, this is from a press release for the company that developed the test on these circulating tumor cells.  I think there is great promise in researching CTC's but we're not there yet.  

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When Bad Heads Go Viral: How A Malformed Headline Is Skewing Our View Of The Patient's Role In Medicine

When Bad Heads Go Viral: How A Malformed Headline Is Skewing Our View Of The Patient's Role In Medicine | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
In the business of medicine, one of the brightest hopes is the potential for re-optimizing our spend around what patients want.
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Thanks to e-patient Dave for deciphering this .....

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Mighty Casey's curator insight, May 30, 2013 1:16 PM

How information shi(f)t happens. Don't like the truth? Rewrite it in the headline, shi(f)t that story in your direction. <sigh>

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When Bad Heads Go Viral: How A Malformed Headline Is Skewing Our View Of The Patient's Role In Medicine

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Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Improved By Cognitive Training

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Improved By Cognitive Training | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Women whose breast cancer had been treated with chemotherapy demonstrated improved executive function, such as cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency and processing speed after using exercises deve
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This is an important study but this is a REALLY CRAPPY HEADLINE.  Why?  It simply is NOT accurate..... Two words are missing.  NO.. not the "FU"  ....  the words "MAY BE"  ....  Study is neither definitive nor is it conclusive.  Observation from ...... Ummmm.... the VP of R&D at Lumosity...... used better wording, "results.......**suggest** online cognitive training shows promise as an intervention"

 

I participated in a clinical study using CogMed software.  The results haven't been published.  It's possible we improve at the brain exercises in the game.....  

 

I don't know...... and neither does anyone else at this point....

 

So MNT.... IMPROVE the headline please.....

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Scientists Create Breast Cancer Survival Predictor

Scientists Create Breast Cancer Survival Predictor | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
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The team at Columbia is fabulous... and this is from the actual publication written by the scientists:

 

What follows below is from the actual scientific publication.  First, they need to see if this translates to humans.  THEN, they need begin drug development.  That involves collaborations among:

 

molecular biologists

molecular geneticists

cancer researchers

clinicians

systems biologists

immunologists

drug discovery scientists

 

How do you feel about being told scientists have created a breast cancer survival predictor?  Me?  I'm pretty irritated.....

 

"clinical trial would be required to test whether our computational predictions have utility in the realm of patient care."


In the longer term, study of these top-ranked genes may provide opportunities for uncovering new molecular mechanisms of cancer biology.  Cross-disciplinary collaborations among molecular biologists and molecular geneticists, cancer researchers and clinicians, systems biologists, immunologists, and drug discovery scientists that are aimed at scrutinizing the attractor metagenes may reveal new methods for therapeutic intervention.



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Should healthy women take tamoxifen or raloxifene? - ACSH

Should healthy women take tamoxifen or raloxifene? - ACSH | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
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This is the same story... not only with a less hysterical headline and no, I don't me Ha Ha hysterical..... AND it is thoughtful and very well written...

 

QuoteWorthy: Using Real World Language so anyone can understand:

 

"This advice is is complicated by at least two factors: first, the definition of high risk is fuzzy. Some say that a high risk factor for breast cancer is the diagnosis of breast cancer in a close female relative, like a mother or sister; others might include the definition to include a history of personal breast biopsies — or even alcohol and body mass index. Second, it is well known that both tamoxifen and raloxifene can have some serious medical side effects, like blood clots and an increased risk of stroke"

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Gene signature can predict who will survive chemotherapy

An eight gene ‘signature’ can predict length of relapse-free survival after chemotherapy, finds new research.
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This study is HIGHLY complex and exceptionally detailed.  It's entirely possible there may be significant clinical benefit but this headline reads as if it can be used today.

 

http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1741-7015-11-106.pdf

 

I have to give props to another article about the same study:

 

http://www.counselheal.com/articles/4934/20130416/genes-signature-predict-chemotherapy-survival-cancer-patients.htm

 

that was titled: 

Genes Signature May Predict Chemotherapy Survival in Cancer Patients

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Susan Zager's comment, April 16, 2013 9:49 PM
Yes this title should have said Gene signature may predict rather than can predict.
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Qld researchers 'cure' breast cancer in mice - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Qld researchers 'cure' breast cancer in mice - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) say they have found a cure for an aggressive type of breast cancer in mice.
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While promising and important to find treatments for triple negative breast cancer.... How many trials get from Mice To (Wo)Men?

 

Also, THIS:

 

"scientists hope they could be trialling the treatment in women within five years"


HOPE they could begin trials within five years.  This is a long way from clinical use.


I like knowing what's in the pipeline because I'm a science geek.

 

 

 

 

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Harmless lung cancer? Many tumors not lethal

Harmless lung cancer? Many tumors not lethal | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.
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In big letters in the article "Putting the word 'harmless' next to cancer is such a foreign concept to people." 

I understand there are "harmless" things that show up on imaging.  The problem is the need for a RELIABLE test to determine which are harmless.  Lung cancer KILLS ....  with odds at 80% the tumor is NOT a slow grower, how could USA today use words "Many Tumors Not Lethal" in a headline.  Especially since MANY MORE, ARE lethal.  It's not like lung cancer is anywhere near a success story in cancer-land.   

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New breast cancer test 'offers hope'

New breast cancer test 'offers hope' | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
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I appreciate the fact that "Offers Hope" is in quotation marks but the word MAY belongs in the headline.  When you read on and of course, this is at the very bottom on the article, it says the following:

 

"But it's not clear whether this set of biomarkers will give doctors any more useful information than the tests already in place.

 

"We would need results from further studies or clinical trials to say for certain whether this approach could be a good way of identifying different treatments and improving survival for women with the disease."

 

IN OTHER WORDS:  They have identified areas of interest that MAY be useful at some point, but for now, it's simply misleading the general population....

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Stage 4 Breast Cancer Odds Are Improving

Stage 4 Breast Cancer Odds Are Improving | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Treatments and survival rates for Stage 4 breast cancer are improving, and in some cases, patients live many years beyond diagnosis
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Show me the data.  Where is the science?  This is demeaning to those living with metastatic disease.  To use the word "chronic" is baseless.  To imply "For some cases, a cure may be possible" is disgraceful.

 

The odds haven't changed much in decades.  That's the fact.  Where the "odds are improving" comes from.... I have no clue.... 

 

 

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It's important to acknowledge progress.

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Major Breakthrough for the Breast Cancer Community: Gene that Propagates Metastasis Discovered | Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy's Breast Cancer Blog

Major Breakthrough for the Breast Cancer Community: Gene that Propagates Metastasis Discovered | Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy's Breast Cancer Blog | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
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MAJOR breakthrough?  First of all, this headline propagates a bunch of nonsense.  The gene that enables metastasis "could be considered a driver" meaning it also could NOT be a driver.  

 

And for the 2nd helping...  even IF it is found to be a driver, "further studies chould result in the development of treatments.... reduce spread.... extend life"  ....

 

EXCELLENT news, except it's not known if this is a "targetable" driver and then, if so, compounds would have to be tested.  This Major Breakthrough is nothing more than a hypothesis.

 

Shame on a DOCTOR for writing such headlines.

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Heather Swift's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:13 PM

MAJOR breakthrough?  First of all, this headline propagates a bunch of nonsense.  The gene that enables metastasis "could be considered a driver" meaning it also could NOT be a driver.  

 

And for the 2nd helping...  even IF it is found to be a driver, "further studies chould result in the development of treatments.... reduce spread.... extend life"  ....

 

EXCELLENT news, except it's not known if this is a "targetable" driver and then, if so, compounds would have to be tested.  This Major Breakthrough is nothing more than a hypothesis.

 

Shame on a DOCTOR for writing such headlines.

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Fish oil and prostate cancer: Go beyond the headlines

Fish oil and prostate cancer: Go beyond the headlines | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
The new study shows an association between higher blood levels of omega-3 and prostate cancer incidence, nothing more.
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Just read the whole thing.  Starting with the headline.  

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When doctors and patients share in decisions, hospital costs go up, study shows

When doctors and patients share in decisions, hospital costs go up, study shows | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Doctors and patients are encouraged to share decision making. This enhances communication, satisfaction and outcomes, and may lower cost.
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REALLY LOUSY HEADLINE with thanks to Mighty Casey and epatient Dave for calling my attention to this on twitter....

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Fresh hope for breast cancer

Scientists are hoping to identify new factors that predispose certain groups of people to breast cancer. It is now thought that these factors could explain an increase in breast cancer
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The first sentence tells it all.  Scientists are HOPING TO IDENTIFY ....  Make no mistake, this is extremely important and may unlock many mysteries.  They are years away from figuring this out -- and only then can screening or specialized tests be developed.  Promising indeed, no where near ready for prime time.  

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Justices Appear Skeptical Of Patenting Human Genes : NPR

Justices Appear Skeptical Of Patenting Human Genes : NPR | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
A case considered pivotal to the future of science and medicine came before the Supreme Court on Monday, involving a company that has patented two genes linked to cancer.
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The way I read the transcript?  They weren't skeptical at all.  They were trying to understand.  They were providing said company with every opportunity to show how the "isolated" gene is different from what is in our bodies.  Every defending position in support of gene patent was met by another question.

 

I didn't see that as Skeptical.

 

A better headline?  Not so sure but Inquisitive is a more appropriate word than skeptical.  Just my two cents....

 

 

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Researchers develop nanodiamond delivery system for triple-negative breast cancer

Recently, doctors have begun to categorize breast cancers into four main groups according to the genetic makeup of the cancer cells. Which category a cancer falls into generally determines the best method of treatment.
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Finish the headline: In Mice.

 

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"research team is now studying the efficacy and safety of the NDLPs in larger animals. Additional research objectives include determining whether nanodiamonds can enhance the tolerance of a wide spectrum of highly toxic drug compounds, which may improve current treatment options and outcomes. These discoveries will serve as precursors for human trials, the researchers said."


In other words, they don't know if it's effective OR safe.  

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Advanced Breast Cancer May Be Rising Among Young Women, Study Finds

Advanced Breast Cancer May Be Rising Among Young Women, Study Finds | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
Statistics show that the number of women ages 25 to 39 with advanced breast cancer has increased slightly over the last 30 years, but researchers said the finding still needs to be verified.
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A suggestion:  Add a "?" at the end.  This is beyond misleading.  While this may be a "trend" ....

 

QuoteWorthy:

 

"may have increased slightly over the last three decades"


"more research is needed to verify the finding"


"Some outside experts questioned whether the increase was real, and expressed concerns that the report would frighten women needlessly."


"an increase of 1.37 cases per 100,000 women in 34 years."


"Dr. Donald A. Berry, an expert on breast cancer data and a professor of biostatistics at the University of Texas’ M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said he was dubious about the finding, even though it was statistically significant, because the size of the apparent increase was so small"


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Statistical significance does not necessarily translate to meaningful numbers.  Observations can be a "blip" in the data.  





 

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Breast Cancer Drugs Urged for Healthy High-Risk Women

Breast Cancer Drugs Urged for Healthy High-Risk Women | HORRIBLE HEADLINES | Scoop.it
A panel of experts said tamoxifen and raloxifene may be worth taking to lower the risk of breast cancer despite the potential for serious side effects like blood clots and strokes.
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My Gripe:  The word URGE.  A better choice: "May Be Suggested"

 

QuoteWorthy:

 

"some studies found women would be more willing to take the drugs if they could prevent breast cancer entirely, rather than just lowering the risk, or if the drugs had no side effects"

 

"among 1,000 women with an increased risk of breast cancer, there would be 23.5 cases of invasive breast cancer over five years. If the women took one of the drugs, 7 to 9 cases would be prevented over five years"


"But an extra 4 to 7 women per 1,000 taking the drugs would develop blood clots during that time, and there would be 4 extra cases of uterine cancer per 1,000 women taking tamoxifen — an approximate doubling of both of those risks."


 

 

 
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