Every year, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins and the wave of pink floods my inbox, mailbox, TV screen, Facebook wall and store shelves, I cringe. This year, I have lost six friends to breast cancer. In the past three weeks, I have received more than a dozen resource requests from women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the rural county I serve in northern Maine. What is going on? How can this be happening? Haven’t all of these pink ribbons fixed this problem yet? On the contrary, breast cancer incidence is increasing and, despite small adjustments to treatment regimens, years of campaigns to raise awareness, ever-expanding screening programs, increased fundraising efforts and research, incidence and mortality have not changed significantly ...
Study Finds Bacteria in Breast Ductal Fluid Differ Between Healthy Women and Those With Breast Cancer History - Findings Show Microbes May Be Linked to Breast Cancer Development :
Los Angeles, Calif. (June 24, 2016) – The first study of the microbiome – the community of microorganisms – in human breast ductal fluid has shown differences between the bacteria found in women who have experienced breast cancer and the bacteria present in those who have not. The study results open the door to investigation of the potential role of microbes in breast cancer development.
Research Worth Watching: Update From ASCO 2016:
From June 3 to June 7, I was one of more than 35,000 oncology professionals, advocates, and survivors from around the world mingling at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.