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FORCE's eXamining the Relevance of Articles for You (XRAY) program looks behind the headlines of cancer news to help you understand what the research means for you. XRAY is a reliable source of hereditary cancer research-related news and information.
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In portal: Breast Cancer, Categories Screening

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Relevance: Medium-High

Strength of Science: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Study : Yearly breast MRI screening improves outcomes for women with inherited BRCA mutations

Relevance: Medium-High

Strength of Science: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Most relevant for: People with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation who are considering breast MRI screening

An international research study of yearly breast MRI screening among women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations found that BRCA1 carriers who had MRI screenings were less likely to die of breast cancer than those who did not. Additional studies with more BRCA2 mutation carriers are needed to determine if yearly breast MRIs reduce deaths from breast cancer in this group. (Posted 6/24/24)

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Relevance: Medium

Personal Story : Living a full life with Li-Fraumeni syndrome

Relevance: Medium

Most relevant for: People with Li-Fraumeni syndrome

This XRAY review is about a five-time cancer survivor who has an inherited mutation in the TP53 gene. People with inherited mutations in TP53 have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, which is linked to a very high lifetime risk for many types of cancer. Here we share his inspiring story and provide more information on Li-Fraumeni syndrome. (Posted 4/16/24)

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Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

Research Timeline: Post Approval

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Study : Genetic testing among people with cancer can find mutations that may affect treatment and prevention

Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

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Most relevant for: People diagnosed with cancer who have not yet had genetic testing

Despite national guidelines recommending genetic testing, less than 10 percent of eligible patients had genetic testing within two years after their cancer diagnosis. Among those who had testing, 10-30 percent had an inherited mutation that could affect their medical care. (Posted 3/15/2024)

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Relevance: Medium

Update : News from the FDA– new breast cancer treatment, thermography warning and implant screening updates

Relevance: Medium

Most relevant for: People with HR-positive and HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer. People with silicone breast implants. People considering thermography screening

This XRAY review is a summary of FDA breast cancer updates from July to December 2023.  This includes a new drug approval and two consumer updates. (Posted 2/21/24)

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Relevance: Medium

Article : Breast cancer risk for transgender women with inherited mutations

Relevance: Medium

Most relevant for: Transgender women with inherited mutations who are considering or have had gender affirming care

There has been little research on breast cancer risk for transgender women who are at high risk for breast cancer due to an inherited mutation. This review summarizes what we know. (Posted 11/29/23)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Human Research

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Article : Artificial intelligence (AI) may find breast cancer on mammograms sooner

Relevance: Medium-High

Research Timeline: Human Research

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Most relevant for: People interested in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools may help doctors read mammograms. This assistance may lead to earlier diagnoses of breast cancer. (Posted 9/29/23)

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Relevance: Medium-High

Guideline : What is breast density and why does it matter?

Relevance: Medium-High

Most relevant for: People who have mammograms

New FDA guidelines for mammograms will go into effect by September 2024. Current FDA guidance requires hospitals and breast centers to give people information about their breast density with their mammogram results. By September 2024, mammogram providers will need to relay to patients who have dense breast that they should discuss the need for additional imaging. This article provides an overview of what breast density means and why it matters. (Posted 6/8/23)

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Relevance: High

Quality of Writing: High

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Article : A food lover’s decision to remove her stomach highlights difficult decisions around cancer risk

Relevance: High

Quality of Writing: High

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Most relevant for: People with a CDH1 mutation or a family history of stomach cancer

National Public Radio reporter Sáša Woodruff shares her story of learning about her CDH1 mutation and making a decision about risk-reducing surgery. Mutations in the CDH1 gene significantly increase a person’s risk of stomach and breast cancers. Woodruff’s personal essay describes the psychological challenge of making decisions about risk-reducing surgeries and draws attention to a lesser-known mutation linked to hereditary cancer. (Posted 5/17/23)

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Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

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Topic : Cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations

Relevance: High

Strength of Science: High

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Most relevant for: Americans Indians and Alaska Natives

The American Cancer Society released a special section in their 2022 Cancer Facts & Figures report that discussed cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations in the United States. This review highlights the special section’s main points, including disparities in cancer screening, diagnosis and survival rates in native communities, as well as factors contributing to those disparities. (Posted 12/20/22)

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Relevance: Medium-High

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Article : Breast cancer risk for transgender men with inherited mutations

Relevance: Medium-High

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Most relevant for: Transgender men with an inherited mutation

There is little information related to the risks and treatment options for transgender men and nonbinary people who are at high-risk for breast cancer due to an inherited BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. We review an expert viewpoint on the implications of a BRCA mutation for transgender men undergoing breast removal as part of their gender-affirming care plan. (posted 5/19/22)

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