Researchers Find Link between Breast Cancer and Bacterial Imbalance

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The day will involve pictures, memories and stories of women and men who have been impacted by breast cancer.

"We know that numerous women who are receiving (double) mastectomy do not have advanced tumors that require mastectomy even on the affected side", said lead study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi of the University of MI in Ann Arbor.

Self examinations are good, but Stewart said a 3-D mammogram can catch things before you'd be able to feel them. "It means a lot to me and I know the girls who work here, it means a lot to them too".

Research from Cleveland Clinic in the USA took the first step towards understanding the composition of the bacteria in breast cancer by uncovering distinct microbial differences in healthy and cancerous breast tissue.

As reported by The Washington Post, breast cancer death rates increased by 0.4 percent per year from 1975 to 1989, according to the study. "That's the difference between mastectomy, lumpectomy, the difference between chemotherapy or no chemotherapy". It is more common in women over 50 and nearly half of cases develop in women aged 65 and over. Developed by researchers, including those from University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, the test looks at 18 genetic variants, in the blood or saliva, known to affect the chances of getting breast cancer.

Researchers have long suspected that a "microbiome" also exists within breast tissue and plays a role in breast cancer, but it has not yet been characterized.

"I have women come in and I have to give them frightful information", Stewart said.

Among women who missed more than a month of work, 29 percent lost more than $5,000 in income, researchers report in the journal Cancer.

For early detection of breast cancer, doctors advise people to undergo a mammogram test after reaching the age of 21 and check if there are any lump in one's breast and skin.

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