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Breast cancer prevention and healing news, information and inspiration for THRIVERS of strength & spirit. The Pink Paper is your online source of HOPE. Be empowered. Say "Yes" to Health, Happiness and Hope.
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Research News: Bad to the Bone: Some Breast Cancers Cells Are Primed to Thrive | Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI.org)

Research News: Bad to the Bone: Some Breast Cancers Cells Are Primed to Thrive | Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI.org) | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
HHMI scientists identified new factors that make breast cancer cells more likely to spread and thrive in bone.

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Online tools may boost breast cancer patients' mood

Online tools may boost breast cancer patients' mood | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Women with breast cancer who created a personal website about their health reported feeling less depressed, more positive and having a greater appreciation for life in a small new study.

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This makes sense as it gives women another way to feel supported on their journey and know we are not alone.

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Susan Zager's curator insight, August 30, 2013 3:18 PM

Here's another article talking about how personal websites for breast cancer helps women feel less depressed. To see the abstract of the study go to:

 

Tambre Leighn's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:39 PM

Taking action, writing out your feelings, creating = positive energy and shift in focus...always great to look at new tools!

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Personal Websites Benefit Women With Breast Cancer - Cancer

Personal Websites Benefit Women With Breast Cancer - Cancer | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Annette L. Stanton, Ph.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles, and colleagues randomly assigned 88 women diagnosed with breast cancer to participation in Project Connect Online or a waiting-list control group. The intervention consisted of a three-hour workshop to create a personal website and a follow-up call to encourage its use.

The researchers found that, six months later, women in the intervention group showed significant benefit in depressive symptoms, positive mood, and life appreciation compared with women in the control group. No benefit was observed in negative mood, perceived strengthened relationships, or intrusive thoughts. Among women participating in the online intervention, those who were currently undergoing treatment for cancer showed significantly greater benefit in depressive symptoms and positive mood than those not receiving treatment."


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Extensiveness of breast cancer surgery linked to risk of lymphedema

Extensiveness of breast cancer surgery linked to risk of lymphedema | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Breast cancer survivors who have extensive surgery are four times more likely to develop arm lymphedema. According to a new study, the extensiveness of surgery to treat breast cancer proportionately increases the risk of developing the debilitating disorder.

According to the lead author, Tracey DiSipio, PhD, from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, women who had undergone an axillary lymph node dissection, which is an invasive surgery to remove lymph nodes under the arm, were four times more likely to experience swollen or disfigured arms compared with women who had received a sentinel lymph node biopsy."


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Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer

Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Is there a link between induced abortion and breast cancer? Any such link has been hotly denied by official bodies but a new study has added further fuel to

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Professor Joel Brind, a professor at Baruch College, City University of New York explains why abortion might increase the risk of breast cancer…. “First, it is universally accepted that having a child decreases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, because the maturation of the cells in the breast into milk-producing cells renders them less susceptible to becoming cancerous. Second, pregnancy hugely increases the number of breast cells vulnerable to cancer. A live birth provides enough time for these “progenitor cells” to differentiate into more mature, more cancer-resistant cells. Therefore, abortion leaves a woman’s breasts with more places for cancer to start than were there before the pregnancy began.”

Many official bodies continue to deny categorically any link between abortion and breast cancer. However 53 (73%) of the 73 worldwide studies since 1957 show an association of induced abortion and subsequent development of breast cancer.

Women should be aware that a link between abortion and breast cancer is biologically plausible but the evidence is still hotly disputed by researchers, obstetricians and gynaecologists.

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Lymphedema (PDQ®) - National Cancer Institute

Lymphedema (PDQ®) - National Cancer Institute | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of lymphedema, a condition in which lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling.

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Facts about lymphedema from the National Cancer Institute

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Heather Swift's curator insight, August 16, 2013 6:37 PM

Cancer and its treatment are risk factors for lymphedema. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1acBsus

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Acupuncture for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture Today is a leading provider of acupuncture and oriental medicine news, info and research information in the world

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This is interesting and beneficial information since lymphedema can be a painful challenge for many.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 6:34 AM

A study reported in "Acupuncture in Medicine" shows that acupuncture and topical herbs have the potential to clinically cure 44 percent and positively affect 52 percent of lymphedema cases when used together for 12 weeks. Acupuncture appears safe and may reduce lymphedema associated with breast cancer treatments.

Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of lymph fluid that causes swelling and sometimes pain. It is a common complaint of male and female breast cancer patients following surgery. The likelihood of developing lymphedema increases with more extensive surgery, increased number of lymph nodes removed, and amount of radiation therapy to the axilla following surgery.

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Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body

Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Six ways turmeric heals your overburdened body

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Love tumeric now even more!

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Michael Wiener's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:14 PM

This is one of nature's natural medicine. We don't use turmeric solely for medicine, but for cooking as well. The aromatic flavor of this wonder spice makes dishes delicious.

Natalie Palmer's comment, August 15, 2013 8:49 AM
Sometimes we add it to our herbal tea mixes.
Marty Roddy's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:20 PM

Where was turmeric when I played football.

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Mich. Doctor Accused of Mistreating Cancer Patients

Mich. Doctor Accused of Mistreating Cancer Patients | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
A Michigan doctor is accused of committing health care fraud after he allegedly mistreated cancer patients and bilked the government of millions in false Medicare claims, a complaint said.

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:07 AM

Common sense should also prevail when seeking treatment. Second opinions can also be beneficial. At the end of the day, doctors are simply people.

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Mammograms Fact Sheet - National Cancer Institute

A fact sheet that defines screening and diagnostic mammograms and outlines mammography screening guidelines. Discusses the benefits and some potential harms of screening mammograms.
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What are your opinions about breast cancer screenings? Do they save lives or are we being over screened?

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Breast cancer: The good, the bad and the ugly

Breast cancer: The good, the bad and the ugly | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Although breast cancer is one of the most funded areas of cancer research, it is also one of the most confusing. It benefits from very high charitable donations, but suffers from overlapping research, over and underfunding of programs, uneven disbursement and duplicate research funded programs that do not interact or interface.

Approximately one third of all monies allocated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research go to breast cancer, with $631 billion dollars allocated in 2010 alone. The American Cancer Society commits close to 40 percent of its budget on breast cancer, $391 million dollars between 1992 and 2010, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has donated $700 million and the Susan Komen for the Cure has donated $420 million.

Many other programs also provide funding, raising the annual breast cancer budget to about one billion dollars annually. Despite this huge investment, however, 59,000 women will die from breast cancer in North America alone this year.

Without a central database to track research projects, there is a large overlap of research.  The different researchers do not communicate, and may not even be aware a duplicate study is taking place. Even if researchers are aware of similar programs, they are likely to remain silent in an effort to preserve their own programs rather than speak up and allocate monies to different research projects. 

Research facilities linked with pharmaceutical companies search for a cure they can sell.  They jealously guard their programs and their research until they have developed their product. Curative medications and new treatment medications are a source of perpetual income, and discovering that treatment is the goal.

Many researchers speculate that the cosmetics women use may contribute to cancer development.

Many lipsticks, make-up, hair products, skin creams and other beauty products contain carcinogens, and what goes on the skin goes in the bloodstream. Most women use 12 personal care products daily which contain dozens of chemicals. Interestingly, many of the companies that produce these products promote programs to fight breast cancer."

  
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With breast cancer the good can be hard to find...

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Susan Zager's curator insight, July 24, 2013 7:35 PM

This article takes a realistic look at breast cancer and questions every aspect as it recognizes there are over 40,00 deaths a year in the US alone from breast cancer with little knowledge of the cause. It further states:

"With 30 different agencies at the NCI addressing breast cancer, multiple pharmaceutical companies searching for a curative or treatment drug, thousands of other charitable and non-charitable efforts funding various breast cancer endeavors, there is no true ‘system’ that is broken because there is no coordinated system at all.

Money goes everywhere for everything with nothing in place for accountability.

Charitable organizations, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, retailers, car manufacturing companies and many more all spout: “We at (enter here) have contributed over (enter here) dollars toward a cure for breast cancer.”

The result? A two percent drop in breast cancer deaths."

Once again, this is not progress. Now that we know the problem we have got to start finding solutions.

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Omega-3 may offer cancer benefit – especially in certain breast cancers

Omega-3 may offer cancer benefit – especially in certain breast cancers | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolite products may be effective at blocking the growth of cancers – and could be especially effective at inhibiting growth of triple-negative breast cancer tumours, say researchers.
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Nutrition is an important and often overlooked factor in cancer prevention. Thomas Pogash of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, USA and his team found that Omega 3's reduced proliferation of cancer cell growth by 90% in triple-negative breast cancer tumors.

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Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Cures Herself of Terminal Cancer Naturally

Cancer Can Be Cured Naturally

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I absolutely recommend anyone interested in maintaining their health or improving their health to watch this incredible video.

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Ellen Naylor's comment, May 15, 2013 1:15 PM
I just watched this video. It is so how I like to live my life. I find it's pretty easy to eat healthy. The challenge is to let go of grudges and anger, and passing them along to a higher One who is in charge. I would add to her list that breathing exercises and meditation, some ways to quiet ourselves several times a day really helps me. I like your scoops, Graham.
Graham Player Ph.D.'s comment, May 16, 2013 6:09 AM
Hi Ellen. Thank you so much for your comments. You are correct in identifying the real challenge of the mind. I recommend a book called Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin who discusses this in detail. You can also listen to a 20+ minute interview with her here on that very subject - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0jleUSDBy8
Ellen Naylor's comment, May 16, 2013 7:53 PM
Hi Graham, Thanks for the sharing. I will watch the video first. Somehow I think I have heard of this book, but it's not in my collection as yet.
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Breast cancer foundation exec left deep impact - NorthJersey.com

Breast cancer foundation exec left deep impact - NorthJersey.com | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Lori Jasperse Redmer's eight months as executive director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation may have been short, but her impact was far-reaching.


Lori Jasperse Redmer of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation died Aug. 17.

She created and planned the first Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day that raised $227,000 in March and increased public awareness of this aggressive form of breast cancer. Redmer also overhauled the foundation's website, launched a webcast series focusing on patients and secured new donors.

And she did all of this while battling the very disease she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight.

Redmer, 46, died Aug. 17, more than three years after she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for 15 percent to 20 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S., according to the foundation. It is a fast-growing cancer that is more likely to recur and spread to other organs than other types of breast cancer. Treatment options are limited.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/221752231_Breast_cancer_foundation_exec_left_deep_impact.html#sthash.P3oJoYA3.dpuf
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These Foods are Banned in Other Countries - Why are Americans Eating Them?

These Foods are Banned in Other Countries - Why are Americans Eating Them? | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
You may think that food is food but other countries don't feel the same way. Read this list of American foods that are banned in other countries. Avoid them.

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Good to know since we need to be our own advocates when it comes to health.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, August 27, 2013 8:03 PM

I knew that a number of these foods had terrible additives, but didn't realize that they are banned in other countries. Hmmmm.

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The Health of Women (HOW) Study

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What is the Health of Women (HOW) Study?

The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast cancer or how to prevent it. The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer.  We will collect information about your health, your job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential causes.  Periodically, we will send you questionnaires about anything and everything. All you have to do is fill them out online. It’s that simple. This is a partnership and we need you for the long haul. The more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer.


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Prevention is key...

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Susan Zager's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:58 PM

Here is the page where you can register for Dr. Susan Love Fondation's HOW (Health of Women) study. You can sign up if you have or have not had a history of breast cancer.

vince tracy's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:08 PM

Bloody terrible disease. Spend money on research now as it's so badly needed

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Home gardens: eat what you sow and sell the surplus

Home gardens: eat what you sow and sell the surplus | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

How a cheap and simple idea is empowering millions and improving food security in developing countries...

 

Could global food security be achieved by growing tomatoes up a wall and pumpkins on a rooftop? It sounds unlikely, but food security isn't just about full stomachs. Adequate nutrition is also crucial, and helping women in particular to run productive home gardens could save millions of lives in developing countries.

 

...Homestead gardens have not only increased access to vegetable and fruits, but have also provided participating women with income from selling surplus produce. [In Bangladesh] ...a sample of 1,614 families taking part in FSUP showed that between December 2012 and March 2013, households produced an average of 53kg of vegetables and fruits, consuming on average 36kg and selling on average 18kg.

 

..."Fruits and vegetables and small animal husbandary gets short shrift in ministries of agriculture, so we need to promote the fact that you can produce a lot of highly nutritious crops this way that will help address the chronic problem of undernutrition."


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If you have the space a home garden is an excellent way to control your food supply by growing food the way you feel is the healthiest for you and the environment.

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Side-Out breast cancer pilot study benefits patients -

Side-Out breast cancer pilot study benefits patients - | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"Specifically, 52 percent of patients with advanced breast cancer received clinical benefit - meaning their disease was controlled for a longer time - when their cancer was treated based on addressing the abnormal proteins in their tumor, according to the study conducted at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership of Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen.

Each patient's treatment was "personalized," meaning that the therapy they received was based on their individual tumor biology.

All of the patients in the recent study had advanced breast cancer that had progressed following multiple previous chemotherapy treatments. Of the 25 patients, 13 received clinical benefit as a result of molecular profiling. For all 25 patients, the therapy selected based on their tumor analysis was different than what they would have received in their next planned treatment, if they had not participated in the study."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, August 15, 2013 3:44 PM

This study has many positive things for advanced breast cancer and Dr. Susan Love recommends that everyone with MBC look in to this because of the great results.


To participate in a clinical trial at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, please contact Patient Care Coordinator Joyce Schaffer at 480-323-1339 or joschaffer@shc.org.




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How To Survive Medical Bills After Breast Cancer | I Had Cancer.

How To Survive Medical Bills After Breast Cancer | I Had Cancer. | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Even after cancer survivors enter remission, they are faced with the harrowing task of managing medical bills. Read more to find out how to stay calm, positive and make sure that you don't overpay.

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34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

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Check out the evidence from 34 credible studies regarding cannabis and it's ability to cure cancer. Thoughts?

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 15, 2013 3:06 AM

In case you had heard about cannabis oil and its potential to cure cancer, and then thought ‘no it could not be’ – here is some evidence that may help to give you the truth.

The evidence comes in the form of 34 studies from credible scientific sources and journals. So you can make up your own mind.

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Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar - lab mice study rocks soda industry

Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar - lab mice study rocks soda industry | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Mortality rate doubles for females eating refined white sugar - lab mice study rocks soda industry

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Refined white sugar isn't sounding so appealing.

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Benefits of cancer tests in dispute

Benefits of cancer tests in dispute | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
An Australian public health expert has made a controversial warning about the downside of breast cancer screening, saying it is up to five times more likely to result in a false alarm for a woman than save her life.
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Innovative technique seeks to prevent lymphedema in breast cancer patients - MediLexicon

Innovative technique seeks to prevent lymphedema in breast cancer patients - MediLexicon | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it

"A team of surgeons and members of the breast cancer program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is conducting a two-year pilot study of an innovative microsurgery technique coupled with imaging technology to not only prevent lymphedema but also potentially detect and treat it early.

Lymphedema, the accumulation of lymph fluid in the arm and painful swelling due to blocked lymph drainage, occurs in up to 13 percent of breast cancer patients after sentinel node biopsy and external-beam radiation, increasing to 40 percent following complete axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and radiation."


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Susan Zager's curator insight, July 24, 2013 6:58 PM

According to the article:

"Before their surgery, study patients undergo an imaging technique known as lymphoscintigraphy, using a radiotracer such as technetium, and bioimpedance spectroscopy with a device called the L-Dex, to establish baseline lymphatic volume in the arms.

In addition to the regular follow-up visits normally scheduled after an ALND, postoperative monitoring includes physical exams for lymphedema, lymphoscintigraphy, and L-Dex bioimpedance spectroscopy to confirm that the LYMPHA bypass is open and functioning.

"We actually use the L-Dex routinely before breast cancer surgery. Then if patients need lymph node dissection, we carefully monitor them with the L-Dex. If they begin to develop increasing lymph volume in their arm, even if there's been no external change, we know they are on their way to developing lymphedema," says Dr. Feldman. "By using a support sleeve and seeing a physical therapist (for range-of-motion exercises), they may never experience lymphedema."

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Lymph Node Metastases Common With Certain Breast Cancer Mutations

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Lymph node metastases are more common in breast cancers with mutations in a cellular signaling pathway associated with growth, according to a study published online July 24 in JAMA Surgery.

Cory A. Donovan, MD, from the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and colleagues analyzed 30 invasive ductal breast cancers (stages IA through IIIB) for mutations in the AKT1, HRAS, and PIK3CA genes in breast cancer stem and progenitor cells and their association with various demographic and clinical factors.


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What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention

What Angelina Jolie forgot to mention | Breast Cancer and Healing ~ The Pink Paper | Scoop.it
Gil Welch says women shouldn't worry after hearing about Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy -- 99% of women don't carry the gene that raises their cancer risk

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This article is definitely worth reading as it helps to explain BRCA 1 and the risk...

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Susan Zager's comment, May 18, 2013 1:01 PM
This article is really good because it lets women know that this genetic mutation is not the norm. As the author so beautifully states: "Then I realized something was missing in her piece; something that should have been printed in big black letters:
NOTE: This story is not relevant to more than 99% of American women.
Why? Because more than 99% of women do not have the BRCA1 mutation -- or the BRCA2 mutation, for that matter.

Let's be clear, the BRCA1 mutation is a bad thing. Although I might quibble with the exact numbers in the piece, the big picture is this: the mutation increases the risk of developing breast cancer about five fold and increases the risk of ovarian cancer more than 10 fold.