March 27th 2023
In a recent study, the risk of developing breast cancer was greater in women with current or recent use of progestogen-only contraceptives.
PD-L1 CNA as a biomarker in metastatic breast cancerJune 10th 2020
Australian researchers believe that PD-L1 may have potential as an indicator of potential response to chemotherapy in women with metastatic breast cancer. That was based on results of a randomized trial, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology in Lugano, Switzerland.
Vulvovaginal atrophy among breast cancer survivorsMay 13th 2020
A diagnosis of vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) in breast cancer survivors is associated with a significant increase in the burden of illness and social costs, according to an Italian Delphi Panel in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer. These findings are primarily due to a rise in comorbidities and resource utilization, but adequate treatment might reduce the impact of the condition.
Is it cost-effective to do genetic testing on all women with breast cancer?October 15th 2019
While current guidelines recommend genetic testing in women with breast cancer who have relevant family history or clinical criteria, a new study examined whether it makes more sense to test all women with breast cancer.
USPSTF updates recommendations on medication use for breast cancer risk reductionSeptember 12th 2019
The US Preventive Services Task Force (UPSTF) recently released an updated recommendation on medications for risk reduction of primary breast cancer and which patients would benefit most from a prescription.
Does minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer = longer survival?November 20th 2018
While minimally invasive and open surgeries have been found to produce similar survival rates in other early cancers, that might not be the case for early cervical cancer. PLUS: At what age should cervical cancer screening stop? ALSO: How much do genetic variants affect breast cancer risk?
Does HPV vaccination affect teens’ sexual behavior?October 30th 2018
Results of a new population-based study in the setting of school-based immunization and education cast doubt on speculation that teens who receive HPV vaccination practice unsafe sex. PLUS: Does 3D mammography detect more breast cancers? ALSO: Can weight loss reduce breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women?
Is immediate or delayed pushing better in spontaneous vaginal delivery?October 16th 2018
A recent study looked at which approach to second-stage labor results in higher spontaneous vaginal delivery rates and lower rates of maternal and neonatal complications. PLUS: What makes hospitals safe for mothers and babies? ALSO: Does eating meat increase risk for breast cancer?
Does breastmilk have brain benefits for preemies?October 2nd 2018
Babies born preterm are known to be at risk of alterations in brain structure and connectivity, but new research shows exposure to breastmilk may have cognitive benefits. PLUS: What’s behind postpartum opioid prescribing patterns? ALSO: How valuable is a second opinion for breast cancer diagnosis?
AHRQ report underscores disparities in maternal morbiditySeptember 18th 2018
A new report shows that over a 10-year period in the United States, rates of severe maternal morbidity increased and age, race, and income, all played a role in disparities in specific related trends. PLUS: How are most women informed of a breast cancer diagnosis? ALSO: Does gestational diabetes signal long-term risk for mothers and their children?
Genetic testing plus mammography beneficial for determining breast cancer risk in younger womenJuly 10th 2018
Mammography is sufficient to predict breast cancer risk in women aged ≥ 60, but in younger women, combining mammography and genetic testing improves the assessment, according to a retrospective case-control study
Does a mother’s diet influence her infant’s gut microbiome?July 10th 2018
A study by investigators from New England suggests that a mother’s diet during pregnancy and lactation may have an impact on the microbiome in her infant’s gut. PLUS: Are prenatal vitamin D levels tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes? ALSO: Results of a survey-based study of attending surgeons shows that they play a major role in whether women with breast cancer receive genetic testing.
Study: Higher BMI associated with reduced breast Ca risk in premenopausal womenJuly 3rd 2018
While obesity has been shown to have a strong correlation with an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, the results from a large-scale, multicenter analysis show that the inverse may actually be true for younger women. PLUS: Women with denser breast tissue have higher recall and biopsy rates and increased odds of screen-detected and interval breast cancer, according to a recent study.
TAILORx trial finds chemotherapy not beneficial for all breast cancer patientsJune 12th 2018
According to research recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine, chemotherapy is not more beneficial than treatment with hormone therapy alone for women with certain types of breast cancer. Plus: Do abortions cause depression? Also: Public comments are being solicited on a new systematic review from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on unhealthy alcohol use in adults aged 18 and older, including pregnant women.