Bitter Melon Can Kill Breast Cancer Cells

Bitter Melon Can Kill Breast Cancer Cells

A study conducted at Saint Louis University suggests that a vegetable used in Oriental and Indian medicine to treat ailments such as diabetes can also be quite effective in killing breast cancer cells. A vegetable known as bitter melon, which is common both as food and as an herbal remedy in many parts of Asia as well as India, appears to also have the ability to destroy breast cancer cells.Bitter melon, also known as African cucumber, bitter gourd and balsam pear, is a widely used vegetable in …

Breast Cancer Survivors Taking Aspirin Experience Lower Death Risk

Breast Cancer Survivors Taking Aspirin Experience Lower Death Risk

A recent study showed that breast cancer survivors taking aspirin may also experience a lower death risk from the disease. The said study was made by researchers from the Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The said study involved more than 4,000 nurses who took aspirin, mainly as a way to prevent heart disease. But this also seems to translate into a 50 percent lower risk of women dying from breast cancer and a 50 percent lower risk that the cancer would sp…

Eating Mushrooms May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Eating Mushrooms May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

According to a recent study, eating mushrooms may help lower the risk of developing breast cancer in women. The findings was recently reported at the International Journal of Cancer.The study involved 2,000 Chinese women from age 20 to 87 years old, with 1,099 of them also breast cancer patients. The rest were healthy women equally matched for age. Each participant was instructed to fill up a detailed dietary questionnaire that lists specific foods being consumed. The study results found out tha…

What You Should Know About Breast Cancer Screening

What You Should Know About Breast Cancer Screening

Getting screened for breast cancer is important, especially if you are at a relatively high risk of the disease. Also, early detection could mean the difference between life and death. However, before you set an appointment for you next or first film-screen mammogram, you should know that screening attempts to detect the possibility of an existing cancer. This means that getting negative result on a mammogram year after year doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cancer free, and vice versa, as evidenc…

Breast Self-Exams: Way to Detect Breast Cancer

Breast Self-Exams: Way to Detect Breast Cancer

Breast cancer accounts for 15% of cancer deaths in the United States. In 2008, of the 692,000 cancer deaths in the US, breast cancer accounts for 26%. To help women fight the rising breast cancer epidemic, medical practitioners have created a number of tests that will determine the presence of the disease, and hopefully catch it in its infancy where we still have a fighting chance. Some of these tests include: self-(breast)exam, clinical breast exam, mammograms and magnetic resonance imaging (MR…

Are Fat Injections Safe for Breasts?

Are Fat Injections Safe for Breasts?

Plastic surgeons agree that fat injections are okay for touch-ups after breast reconstruction. But to inject a woman’s own fat for breast augmentation, surgeons claim that it still requires more research. In 2007, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gave a joint statement of caution about fat injections for the breasts, saying that it can be effective in enhancing the appearance of the breast after reconstruction. The statement also sai…

Keeping Your Breasts Healthy

Keeping Your Breasts Healthy

Younger women normally worry that their breast may not be the right size of the perfect shape. A decade or so later, mature women worry that they’re breast will start to sag after childbirth and breastfeeding. After menopause, women worry about breast cancer.But throughout their lifetime, there’s one thing women think about that is constant: the desire for healthy breasts for a lifetime. In your 30sBreasts are made of fibrous tissue, fatty tissue and dense glandular tissue which includes the lob…

Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk

Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk

Research has been linking obesity to incidence of breast cancer, saying that severely overweight women are more likely to develop breast cancer because their bodies produce more estrogen than usual. This also puts to risk obese menopausal women because their estrogen levels are higher during this period. Although it is a natural hormone in our body, estrogen has been known to stimulate certain types of breast cancer tumors.The study shows that the average concentration of estrogen among obese wo…

What is a Benign Breast Lump?

What is a Benign Breast Lump?

You take your usual self breast examination and you feel a lump in one-or both-of them. At first, you may panic thinking that it could be cancer. Fortunately, most lumps in the breasts are non-cancerous. However, it could cause little discomfort and require minimal treatment.Here are what you need to know about those breast lumps.All women have lumpy breasts These lumps, or nodules, are part of a normal breast tissue and can become more prominent just before menstrual period.Having a lumpy breas…

A Novel Method for Breast Cancer Prognosis

A Novel Method for Breast Cancer Prognosis

AviaraDx reported that a study conducted in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine further demonstrated the clinical utility of two novel genes for the identification of patients at higher risks of early breast cancer recurrence.┬áThis study has been published in the October issue of “Journal of Clinical Oncology.”The 852-patient retrospective study confirms the original discovery of the two-gene ratio of HOXB13/ IL17BR (H/I) as an independent prognostic marker for risk of recu…