Can Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer?

Women have been alerted to concerns that certain ingredients in under arm deodorant may be a cause of breast cancer.

The new study does not prove that personal care products cause breast cancer. But “the fact that parabens were present in so many of the breast tissue samples does justify further investigation,” said Philippa Darbre, PhD, of University of Reading in the U.K., in a news release.

“Although the environmental exposure to parabens as a cause of breast cancer is a possibility, there is no conclusive data thus far to state this as fact,” says Katherine B. Lee, MD, in an email. She is a breast specialist at the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center in Ohio. “The study suggests that if there is a relationship between parabens and breast cancer, it may be a complex one.”

While there is no direct link between deodorant and breast cancer, eliminating toxic exposure would benefit your health.

Giulliana Rancic to Undergo Double Mastectomy

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E! reporter, Giulliana Rancic, after discovering breast cancer and undergoing two lumpectomies, has decided to have a double mastectomy.

Rancic discusses her decision with Ann Curry of the Today Show with husband Bill Rancic, winner of “The Apprentice” reality show, by her side.

Rancic, 37 and her husband are trying to have a child and cancer treatments could put that desire at risk.

But at the end of the day Rancic is choosing “to live”.

Seeing the results of a double mastectomy of a friend made the decision to go ahead with procedure easier for Rancic.

Early Detection is Still the Best Defense Against Breast Cancer

New information backing mammogram screening for women in their 40’s while still confusing focuses on the importance of early detection.

Here’s what they found:
* 373 of those cancers were detected by mammogram
* Of those, 61 percent of women had no family history of breast cancer
* Among women with no family history, 63.2 percent of the cancers were invasive
The percentage of women with invasive disease (63.2 percent) was literally identical to the numbers among women with a family history (64 percent).

So with all the conflicting data the best advice is to work out a plan with your doctor and decide what is best for your individual case.

Breast Cancer Risk Increases With Alcohol Use

Breast cancer risk rises with alcohol consumption in women.

The research, which looked at the habits of more than 100,000 women over 30 years, adds to a long line of studies linking alcohol consumption of any kind — whether beer, wine or spirits — to an increased risk of breast cancer. But until now the bulk of the research largely focused on higher levels of alcohol intake. The latest study is among the first to assess the effect of relatively small amounts of alcohol over long periods of time, drawing on a large population of women to provide new detail about the breast cancer risks associated with different patterns of drinking.

So, it seems that women need to weigh their risks of developing breast cancer from alcohol consumption or mitigating the risk of cardiovascular disease by consuming small amounts of wine.

While the conflicting information is confusing each women needs to consult with her physician to plot the best regime for her potential health risks.

Just in Time for Breast Cancer Month, Blue Shield of California Won’t Cover Breast Cancer Drug

Blue Shield of California won’t cover an approved breast cancer drug for women suffering from breast cancer.

For many, this drug is the only thing keeping them alive.

Blue Shield of California will no longer pay for the use of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer, a sign that support for the widely debated and expensive treatment may be eroding among health plans.

Blue Shield, with 3.2 million members, is apparently the first large insurance company to end payments since a federal advisory committee unanimously recommended in June that the Food and Drug Administration rescind Avastin’s approval as a treatment for breast cancer, saying the drug did not really help patients.

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