Thursday, December 28, 2006

Investigation confirms breast cancer rate spike in ABC Brisbane, Australia studios

The ABC is supposed to report the news, but today in Queensland it's the ABC that is the news because of a mysterious and alarming spate of breast cancer cases at the national broadcaster's Brisbane studios. A five-month investigation into the cluster of cases has found that the incidence of the disease is unusual and significant. In scientific terms: a statistical spike. Ten breast cancer cases have surfaced at the Toowong studios in a decade and the experts say that means women working there are six times more likely to develop breast cancer than women in the general community. What makes it more alarming is that they don't know why. Staff at the offices in inner-west Brisbane are now set to move, after experts recommended that the site be abandoned immediately for safety reasons. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

As Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy Drops, Breast Cancer Recurrence Rates Drop

One year after millions of post-menopausal women in the United States stopped using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in 2002, the number of new breast cancer cases dropped by 7% nationwide. Researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center believe the two are linked - that the incidence of breast cancer went down largely because so many older women stopped using HRT. The investigators are reporting their findings at the 29th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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Friday, December 15, 2006

'Steep decrease' in breast cancer rate

Research presented this morning at a conference in San Antonio indicates there has been a "startling" drop in breast cancer rates in the USA, the Associated Press reports.
The 7% decrease in 2003 from the year before appears to be due to the declining number of women taking hormone pills. There is an abstract here of the findings, which were delivered at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium -- an event that the local Express-News describes today as the "largest annual conference in the world devoted to the disease that strikes 200,000 American women each year."
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