Breast Cancer News of Note: September

October 19, 2020

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news, so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the previous month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Sept. 1: When girls reach puberty at an unusually early age, they face a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Now, researchers offer a new, unified explanation for why that increased risk occurs. Find out why in News Medical’s full story HERE.

Sept. 2: Researchers recently developed new imaging contrast agents using common dyes such as tattoo ink and food dyes. When these dyes are attached to nanoparticles, they can illuminate cancers, allowing medical professionals to better differentiate between cancer cells and normal adjacent cells. Read more in Science Daily HERE.

Sept. 18: Breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to their brains fare better if their metastases are picked up before they begin to cause symptoms, according to a recent study. Asymptomatic brain metastases can be identified with an MRI scan and the new research suggests that doing so could mean less aggressive treatment and a longer survival time. Read the full story in MedicalXpress HERE.

Sept. 24: Researchers have developed a computational model which is effective in detecting and identifying genetic mutations in breast tumors that would help in the identification of which are high-risk and which are low-risk. They used RNA sequencing, a sensitive, precise tool which has very gradually started to be applied clinically, although not yet for breast cancer. This method could be in clinical use as early as next year. Read the full story in Science Daily HERE.

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