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Chemo, radiation increases women’s risk of heart disease

Radiation and chemotherapy often used in the treatment of breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk for cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association said in a statement – the first scientific statement from the nonprofit organization on cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. “For older women, (cardiovascular disease) poses a greater mortality threat than breast cancer itself,” the statement read. “We hate to trade one disease for another.” Breast cancer and cardiovascular disease have several overlapping risk factors including age and obesity. The fact that some breast cancer treatments could have a negative impact on women’s heart health is concerning. The ... Read More

Some antipsychotics linked to higher breast cancer risk in schizophrenic women

Women with schizophrenia who take first-generation antipsychotics such as Risperdal had a higher risk for breast cancer compared to women who did not take antipsychotics as well as women taking second-generation antipsychotics, according to a study published in the journal Schizophrenia Research. The study, conducted by researchers with China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, focused on whether schizophrenic women were more prone to breast cancer diagnoses compared to women who did not have the disease. They reviewed health insurance claims data from 1998 to 2008 and compared records of 29,461 women with schizophrenia with 59,282 women who did not have a ... Read More

Long-term side effects of chemotherapy drugs are often unexpected

An article on the website HealthCentral says, “Hospitals and cancer centers can help by giving equal weight to both short- and long-term chemotherapy side effects. Too often, women believe that once they’re through chemo, they’ll go ‘back to normal’ – when in reality, they’ll be facing a brand new (and much different) normal.” The author, PJ Hamel, says that women are prepared by their oncologist for many side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, sore throat and hair loss. There is the expectation that after enduring these side effects during the chemotherapy treatment, once the treatment is complete, these side ... Read More

Study links Mirena IUD to increased risk of breast cancer

Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) that release the hormone levonorgestrel, such as the Mirena IUD may be at an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone which is naturally produced in a woman’s body to regulate ovulation. Not only does it hinder conception, it also strengthens the uterine lining, which reduces heavy menstrual bleeding. Not only is the Mirena IUD approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent pregnancy, it is also used to treat heavy periods, endometriosis ... Read More

FDA panel recommends approving diabetes treatment for obese patients

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has given a thumbs-up recommendation to Novo Nordisk’s type 2 diabetes drug liraglutide for the treatment of chronic obesity in patients with at least one weight-related health issue, such as hypertension or pre-diabetes. Liraglutide, known commercially as Victoza, would be sold under the label Saxenda for the obesity indication if it is approved by the FDA. The agency is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, but it usually does. The positive recommendation was based on a clinical trial in which patients were given 3 mg of liraglutide. About ... Read More

Mirena IUD linked to increased breast cancer risk in premenopausal women

Premenopausal women who use a hormone-releasing intrauterine device, such as the Mirena IUD, are at greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. There are three IUDs marketed in the United States – the ParaGard, Mirena and Skyla. Only Mirena and Skyla, which are both made by Bayer Healthcare, contain a small amount of the levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progestin. IUDs are used to prevent pregnancy, but levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs can reduce heavy bleeding and are often given to women to help treat heavy periods, a condition known ... Read More

Recent use of high-dose estrogen birth control pills linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Women who recently took a certain formulation of birth control pills may have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Research. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle reviewed health records for oral contraceptive usage among more than 1,100 women with beast cancer, most of whom were diagnosed with the disease in their 40s. Researchers divided the birth control pills into three categories – those with a low level of synthetic estrogen (about 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol), those with a moderate level of ... Read More

New study links certain IUDs to breast cancer

A recent study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has shown that levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) or progesterone-releasing intrauterine device (IUD), may be associated with a higher than expected incidence of breast cancer. These hormones are used to treat women who suffer from heavy periods, endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain; and as a contraceptive. Levonorgestrel is a synthetic progesterone, which helps to regulate ovulation. It helps strengthen the uterine wall to control the bleeding, which also makes it more difficult for the sperm to get through, making it harder to conceive. This is the same hormone that is used ... Read More

Study links high cholesterol to breast cancer

Controlling high cholesterol may help prevent breast cancer, a new study shows. However, current medications that help lower cholesterol levels could lead to other health issues. Researchers at the Aston University School of Medicine Sciences in Birmingham, England, reviewed medical records of more than 660,000 female patients between 2000 and 2013, and found a connection between high cholesterol and breast cancer. From this, researchers determined that high cholesterol increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by nearly two thirds. Obesity can be a contributing factor for breast cancer, and researchers say that may be because high cholesterol and obesity ... Read More

Low dose aspirin therapy may help prevent pancreatic cancer

A low, daily dose of aspirin has been praised for its cardiovascular benefits, but new research shows that the therapy may also ward off pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, claims daily low-dose aspirin therapy can lower pancreatic cancer risk by up to 48 percent. Low-dose aspirn therapy has already been credited for reducing risk of ovarian, colorectal, stomach, esophageal, prostate, breast, lung, and skin cancers. Researchers studied information on aspirin use and medical histories for 362 people with pancreatic cancer and 690 people ... Read More