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Strength of Science: Medium
Study : Are more men with breast cancer opting for prophylactic mastectomy?
Most relevant for: Men diagnosed with breast cancer
Recent headlines describe the rise in prophylactic double mastectomy for men with breast cancer. We looked at the research to see how many men are choosing this option and what it means for men with breast cancer. (10/6/15)Read More
Strength of Science: High
Research Timeline: Post Approval
Study : BRCA mutations more common than expected in young black women with breast cancer
Most relevant for: Young black women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer
Most estimates of the percentage of breast cancer patients with mutations in BRCA are based on studies in White women. These researchers found that Black women diagnosed at a young age with breast cancer were twice as likely to have a BRCA mutation than previously reported based on studies in White women with breast cancer diagnosed in the same age categories. This study shows how important it is for all Black women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50 to speak with their doctor about genetic counseling and testing. (9/29/15)Read More
Strength of Science: Medium-Low
Study : Prenatal exposure to the pesticide DDT and breast cancer risk
Most relevant for: Women with prenatal exposure to DDT, women in countries where DDT is used
This study found an association between prenatal exposure to the pesticide DDT, and an increased risk of women developing breast cancer. While this study does not prove that DDT exposure directly causes breast cancer, it serves as a reminder that pregnant women's exposure to toxic environmental agents can affect their children's risk for disease later in life.Read More
Strength of Science: High
Study : All DCIS is not the same: Young women and African American women at higher risk after DCIS diagnosis
Most relevant for: Women diagnosed with DCIS
Diagnoses of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), sometimes called stage 0 breast cancer, have increased in recent decades. Many people with DCIS wonder if they need aggressive treatment. A study looking at the survival of over 100,000 women found that breast cancer mortality after DCIS is low (3%), and identified groups of women who are at higher risk after DCIS. (9/8/15)Read More
Strength of Science: Medium-High
Study : Weight gain associated with breast cancer survivorship
Most relevant for: Women diagnosed with early stage (1-3) breast cancer
Weight gain in breast cancer survivors can affect survival and quality-of-life. This study found that breast cancer survivors are more likely to gain weight than women of the same age who are at high risk, but have never been diagnosed with cancer. The study looked at which groups of survivors were more likely to gain weight. (8/24/15)Read More