NewsTag: Breast Cancer

12 facts about breast cancer

Monday 4th December 2017 - Dr Reem Salman - Irish Independent

Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour found in Irish women, with 2,883 cases diagnosed each year. One in 10 women will get it at some stage in their lives. While it's most commonly detected after the age of 50, it can occur in younger women too, writes Dr Reem Salman. Some breast ca... Read more →

New treatment hope for breast cancer

Thursday 20th July 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists have discovered a potential new approach to treating triple negative breast cancer, which is currently one of the most difficult forms of breast cancer to treat. The research was led by scientists from BREAST-PREDICT - a country-wide collaboration between breast cancer experts that... Read more →

Breast cancer trial needs Irish patients

Wednesday 4th January 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The Irish arm of a major international breast cancer trial is seeking 50 patients in Dublin, Cork and Waterford to take part. The trial will involve 4,600 patients in 500 hospitals around the world, including six in Ireland - the Mater Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, St James's Hospital, St Vincent's ... Read more →

New treatment can slow breast cancer growth

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

An international cancer trial involving Irish doctors and patients has confirmed that a new treatment can significantly reduce the risk of cancer progressing in women with advanced breast cancer. The PALOMA-2 trial has found that the new drug palbociclib, when taken with the standard hormone therap... Read more →

1 in 6 have no lump before breast cancer diagnosis

Friday 11th November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Around one in six women diagnosed with breast cancer initally attends their doctor with a symptom other than a lump, a new study has found. Lumps are the most commonly reported symtpom of breast cancer, but UK researchers decided to look at the frequency of non-lump symptoms, such as breast pain, n... Read more →

Irish team in breast cancer breakthrough

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Irish scientists may have discovered a way of treating one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most difficult forms of breast cancer to treat. It is more prevalent in younger women and around 250 people are newly diagnosed with the disease ever... Read more →

Low awareness of alcohol link to breast cancer

Wednesday 26th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

The link between alcohol and breast cancer is well established but public awareness of this remains low, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has warned. According to the charity, every year in Ireland, around 900 new cancers and 500 cancer deaths can be attributed to alcohol use and the risk is particul... Read more →

More surviving breast cancer than ever before

Monday 24th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

More women are surviving breast cancer today than ever before, the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has said. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout October, the ICS is looking back on 40 years of research into this disease in order to highlight the many advances that have been m... Read more →

Night shifts do not increase breast cancer risk

Wednesday 12th October 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Working night shifts has little or no effect on a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, new research has found. A review carried out in 2007 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that shift work disrupts the ‘body clock' and is a probable cause of cancer. Howev... Read more →

Many unaware of metastatic breast cancer

Wednesday 14th September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

While familiarity with breast cancer is relatively high, many women have never heard of metastatic breast cancer or are unaware what the term means, a new survey has revealed. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It refers to when the disease has spread to other par... Read more →

New breast cancer trial opened

Monday 27th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A cancer trial to test a new treatment for patients with advanced breast cancer, which is not responding to currently available treatments, has been opened. The trial will be run by Cancer Trials Ireland, which coordinates cancer trials in this country. Since its establishment in 1996, over 15,000 ... Read more →

Smoking affects breast cancer treatment

Monday 20th June 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is already known that smoking can increase the risk of a number of cancers, including breast cancer. Now a new study has found that a treatment commonly used to treat women with breast cancer works less well in smokers. Swedish researchers followed over 1,000 women who had been diagnosed with br... Read more →

Teen fruit consumption cuts breast cancer risk

Tuesday 17th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women may have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer if they consumed a lot of fruit as a teenager. While fruit and vegetables are thought to help protect against breast cancer, studies have provided conflicting results. However most of these studies have looked at fruit consumption during mid... Read more →

PTSD common after breast cancer diagnosis

Wednesday 9th March 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer go on to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study has found. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after experiencing an intensely stressful event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. It has been ... Read more →

Overactive thyroid linked to breast cancer risk

Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women with an overactive thyroid may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has found. The thyroid is a key gland in the body, releasing hormones that are essential for metabolism. According to Danish researchers, up to 6% of people in Europe have undiagnosed thyroid diseas... Read more →

Could 'barring exit from blood vessels' stop breast cancer spread?

Thursday 11th February 2016 - Catharine Paddock - Medical News Today

Researchers have discovered a protein that controls whether migrating breast cancer cells are allowed to push their way through the walls of blood vessels and continue their deadly journey to establish new tumors in other parts of the body. They suggest that finding a way to control the protein so ... Read more →

One drink a day raises breast cancer risk, study finds

Wednesday 19th August 2015 - Paul Cullen - Irish Times

Medical review says those with family history of disease should consider giving up alcohol Just one drink a day puts women at increased risk of breast and other alcohol-related cancers, a major study published today suggests. People with a family history of cancer should consider giving up alcohol... Read more →

Support for secondary cancer patients

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new education and support programme, aimed at people who have been diagnosed with secondary cancer, is set to begin later this month in Dublin. A primary cancer refers to where a cancer begins. For example, if you have cancer that begins in the breast, this is known as primary breast cancer. Some... Read more →

Prognosis no worse with family breast cancer

Thursday 21st May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women with a family history of breast cancer who subsequently develop the disease, have the same prognosis as other women with the disease who have no family history, a new study has found. According to UK researchers, these findings should offer hope to women who are concerned about their future d... Read more →

7,000+ cancers detected by BreastCheck

Wednesday 15th April 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Over 1.2 million mammograms have been provided to women as part of BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, since its introduction in 2000, and more than 7,400 cancers have been detected. The programme is launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging all women aged between 50 and 64 to... Read more →

Stress management key in breast cancer

Monday 23rd March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who are taught skills to manage stress after being diagnosed with breast cancer may experience improved moods and a better quality of life for many years to come, a new study suggests.US researchers followed the progress of 240 women who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. They wer... Read more →

Test reduces chemo use in breast cancer

Friday 20th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A test which determines whether chemotherapy will benefit certain women with early-stage breast cancer has proven successful in Ireland. Around 2,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland every year and it is acknowledged that the criteria currently used to decide whether chemotherapy... Read more →

Thyroid cancer risk after breast cancer

Tuesday 10th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who survive breast cancer have an increased risk of going on to develop cancer of the thyroid, particularly within five years of their breast cancer diagnosis, a new study has found. Until now, studies linking breast and thyroid cancer have been mixed, so US researchers decided to assess this... Read more →

Prostate and breast cancer link found

Monday 9th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer if they have a close male relative who has battled prostate cancer, a new study indicates. While it is already known that people have an increased risk of developing either of these diseases separately if there is a family history of them... Read more →

Most breast cancer info on web inaccurate

Wednesday 28th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Breast cancer is the most searched for cancer on the internet, yet much of the information available is either inaccurate or hard to read, Cork University Hospital (CUH) has said. Furthermore, one in three women attending breast cancer clinics in Ireland has limited health literacy. This all means ... Read more →

Drug cuts breast cancer rates by 29%

Friday 12th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Many women with breast cancer are given the drug, tamoxifen, to reduce the risk of the disease recurring. However, now a new study has found that the drug also has a major preventive effect in women at risk of the disease, which remains constant for at least two decades.According to the findings, th... Read more →

Women urged to be breast aware

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Women are being reminded of the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. According to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS), over 2,700 cases of the disease are newly diagnosed in this country every year and Irish women have a one in 10 chance of developing it during their lifetime. ... Read more →

Breast cancer study to focus on aspirin

Thursday 4th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Cancer Society (ICS) has announced the national roll-out of a major clinical study, which aims to improve outcomes for breast cancer patients by looking more closely at the potentially important role of aspirin. Recent research part-funded by the ICS found that women who had been prescribed aspirin... Read more →

Aspirin may stop spread of breast cancer say researchers

Wednesday 13th August 2014 - Medical Independent -

Irish researchers have found that aspirin may stop the spread of breast cancer. Researchers funded by the Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society have discovered that women who had been prescribed aspirin regularly before being diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to have cancer that... Read more →