Breast Cancer News
- FDA Orders New Mammogram Standards for Women With Dense Breasts
March 11, 2023 — Women with dense breast tissue will be given additional information at their cancer screenings under new rules adopted by the FDA. Providers of mammograms will have to tell women that their tests are harder to interpret and suggest they speak with their doctors about more testing.
- Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Choose To Skip Radiation: Study
February 16, 2023 — Older breast cancer patients can consider skipping weeks of grueling radiation therapy after lumpectomy surgery, a new study suggests.
- Women Underestimate Link Between Breast Density and Cancer Risk
January 24, 2023 — Dense breast tissue is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer – up to four times higher -- but in a recent study most women didn’t see it as a significant risk compared with other factors.
- Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Diagnosed With Throat, Breast Cancer
January 3, 2023 — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova announced that she has both stage 1 breast cancer and throat cancer.
- Many U.S. Women Must Travel Far to Get Mammograms
December 19, 2022 — Researchers found that 8.2 million women had limited access to mammography screening in 2022 -- defined as living more than a 20-minute drive to the nearest facility.
- Mastectomy Not Necessary for All Multitumor Breast Cancers
December 11, 2022 — Breast cancer patients with multiple tumors may now opt for less invasive surgery -- a lumpectomy with radiation therapy instead of a mastectomy -- new research shows.
- Gene Test Might Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Skip Radiation After Lumpectomy
December 9, 2022 — Currently, people with an invasive type of breast cancer typically have surgery to remove the cancer followed by radiation, to reduce the risk that their breast cancer will return in the same spot.
- Antibody Drug Boosts Survival for Type of Advanced Breast Cancer
December 8, 2022 — According to a pair of clinical trials, a relatively new drug is boosting survival rates for women with a specific type of advanced breast cancer who haven't responded to other treatments.
- A Swimsuit Model Shares Her Mastectomy Scar
October 28, 2022 — Kelly Crump never expected to be a model in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and she definitely never thought she would be the first-ever cancer patient to show a mastectomy scar in its pages.
- U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths Have Declined, But Racial Disparities Remain
October 9, 2022 — The breast cancer death rate in the U.S. dropped by 43% during the past three decades, translating to 460,000 fewer breast cancer deaths. At the same time, Black women continue to be more likely to die from breast cancer even though they have a lower incidence of the disease.
- Katie Couric Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis
September 28, 2022 — Journalist Katie Couric announced Wednesday that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery during the summer.
- Grease Star Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73
August 8, 2022 — The “Xanadu” star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but the cancer returned in 2013.
- Keytruda Extends Survival for Women With an Aggressive Breast Cancer
July 21, 2022 — A new study finds adding the drug Keytruda to standard chemotherapy can extend the lives of some women with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy Won't Raise Recurrence Rate for Breast Cancer Survivors
July 20, 2022 — Researchers report hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for breast cancer survivors doesn't appear to increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death.
- How Role in ‘The Chi’ Made Yolonda Ross a Breast Cancer Advocate
July 8, 2022 — Yolonda Ross went all-in when she learned that the single mom she plays in Showtime’s acclaimed series The Chi has breast cancer.
- Plant-Based Diet May Help Keep Breast Cancer Away
June 16, 2022 — Researchers found women who ate a healthy, primarily plant-based diet after menopause saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%.
- Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might Skip Radiation
June 7, 2022 — Gene testing helped doctors identify a group of women who skipped radiation therapy because their cancer showed very low risk of coming back following surgery.
- Former WebMD Editor Kristy Hammam Dies
December 23, 2021 — The cause of her death was triple-negative breast cancer. She was 50 years old. Hammam retired from a 22 year career at WebMD in June of 2021, after losing much of her eyesight to chemotherapy.
- From WebMD's CEO: In Remembrance of Kristy Hammam
December 22, 2021 — Hammam was WebMD's longtime editor-in-chief and senior vice president .
- Black Women at Greater Risk for Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery
December 7, 2021 — New research suggests that Black women have more than three times the risk for lymphedema -- a side effect of breast cancer treatment that can lead to swelling in the arms and legs -- compared to white women.
- Breast Cancer Linked to Higher Odds for Dangerous A-Fib
November 16, 2021 — A new study finds odds of developing an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase after a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Beware 'Pinkwashing' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 27, 2021 — Many companies give back for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but consumers should make sure the money is going where it should.
- Cleveland Clinic Tests Breast Cancer Vaccine
October 27, 2021 — Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have launched a new study to test a vaccine aimed at preventing triple-negative breast cancer, the most aggressive and deadly form of the disease.
- New Drug for Early Breast Cancer: First Advance in 20 Years
October 13, 2021 — The new drug has been approved for use in early breast cancer for certain patients who are at high risk for recurrence.
- Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer May Have Long-Term Heart Risks
September 22, 2021 — Because of the heart's anatomical position, the organ and its arteries are exposed to more radiation when a woman receives treatment for cancer in the left breast.
- Pandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screenings
August 31, 2021 — New research shows many parts of the U.S. saw a significant drop in breast cancer screening of older low-income women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Oncologists, Patients Differ on Alternative Therapies
June 14, 2021 — Oncologists underestimate patient use of complementary and alternative treatments and often differ with patients in their opinions of approaches that offer benefits
- Is AI a New Weapon in Breast Cancer Detection?
May 7, 2019 — Studies so far have suggested that computers can outperform humans when it comes to diagnosing certain tumors.
- Many With Early Breast Cancer May Not Need Chemo
June 3, 2018 — The findings could be a game-changer in breast cancer care, researchers and experts said.
- Highly processed foods linked to cancer
February 15, 2018 — The growing popularity of highly processed foods may be storing up a future sharp rise in cancer cases, French researchers are warning.
- Breast Cancer Treatment Can Be Tough on the Heart
February 1, 2018 — It's well-known that treatments such as chest radiation and certain drugs can damage the heart, sometimes leading to chronic heart disease.
- Night light 'not linked to risk of breast cancer'
January 29, 2018 — Results from a large UK study provide no evidence to support the "intriguing but unproven" theory that circadian rhythm disturbance caused by exposure to light at night (LAN) increases breast cancer risk, say researchers.
- Faulty gene doesn't affect 'breast cancer survival'
January 12, 2018 — Younger women diagnosed with breast cancer who carry a faulty BRCA gene are at no more risk of dying early than those without the mutation, according to a UK study.
- 'Exciting' breast cancer drugs win NHS approval
November 16, 2017 — Cancer charities are welcoming a decision to recommend 2 life-extending breast cancer drugs for routine NHS use in England.
- NHS approval for life-extending breast cancer drug
June 15, 2017 — A decision to approve a life-extending breast cancer drug for routine NHS use in England and Wales is being seen as a victory for a hard-fought campaign by patients.
- Glass of wine a day 'increases breast cancer risk'
May 23, 2017 — Drinking just a small glass of wine a day can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).
- Breast clinics 'should pick screening appointment times'
May 16, 2017 — Researchers say attendance could be improved if breast screening clinics set appointments rather than asking women to arrange them themselves.
- Cheaper Breast Cancer Drug Shows Promise
June 3, 2016 — It has similar effectiveness, safety compared to Herceptin for HER2-positive disease
- Lots of Fruit May Lower Teens' Breast Cancer Risk
May 11, 2016 — But second report found women who drink more alcohol over time might increase chances of disease
- Acupuncture, Hot Flashes, & Breast Cancer Patients
March 28, 2016 — Italian trial finds the therapy was also linked to better quality of life among women in the study
- Mammograms May Also Help Spot Heart Disease
March 24, 2016 — The breast screening test compared well to heart CT scans, researchers say
- Overestimating Early Breast Cancer Return, Spread
March 3, 2016 — Misperceptions lead to worry that harms quality of life, researcher says
- Advanced Breast Cancer Survival Improving
December 2, 2015 — Study finds better prognosis in women whose tumors have spread beyond the breast, nearby lymph nodes
- New Clues to Which Breast Cancers Might Return
September 24, 2015 — Scientists found there were differences between primary and recurring tumors
- Treating Breast Cancer Survivors' Hot Flashes
August 25, 2015 — Even 'sham' acupuncture beat one frequently used medication
- These Meds May Help Some With Early Breast Cancer
July 23, 2015 — Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates
- Breast Cancer Survivors Tend to Gain Weight
July 15, 2015 — And that could increase risk of cancer recurrence, as well as heart disease and diabetes, researchers say
- Pesticide Used Decades Ago and Breast Cancer Risk
June 16, 2015 — Higher exposure to DDT in the womb linked to four times the risk of disease
- New Drug Controls Common Breast Cancer Longer
May 30, 2015 — Adding Ibrance to standard hormone therapy kept disease from progressing for nine months