Integrating Gender in Medical Education

The word cancer has become synonymous to breast cancer amongst women. Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells (building blocks). It occurs mainly in women, but contrary to general belief, men can get it, too. Should it be assumed that we are all well-informed about breast cancer and don’t need to talk about it? Well, October was the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed every year to increase awareness of the disease.

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October was the Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer and Medical Research

Breast Cancer Pain Management - A Review of Current & Novel Therapies
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers amongst women in the world. Unfortunately, even after adequate treatment, some patients experience severe pain either due to disease progression or due to treatment related side effects. The persistent pain causes a negative physical and psychosocial impact on patients’ lives.Find out more →

Yes, Breast Surgeons May Provide Breast Cancer Genetic Assessment and Testing 
There is underutilization of genetic testing and counseling to identify breast cancer mutation carriers before they develop breast cancer; the next generation of genetic testing has arrived with the ability to test for multiple mutations simultaneously; some payers have instituted severe restrictions on any genetic testing unless the payer’s genetics professionals Find out more →

Human Breast Cancer and Induced Abortion

Is Abortion Linked to Breast Cancer?
Abortion is an issue that can bring out strong feelings in people. These feelings are often linked to personal, religious, and political views that may have little to do with any connection to a disease like cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (aside from skin cancer), and it’s the second leading cancer killer in women.Find out more →


Breast Cancer and Induced Abortion: A Comprehensive Review of Breast Development and Pathophysiology, the Epidemiologic Literature, and Proposal for Creation of Databanks to Elucidate All Breast Cancer Risk Factors
This article synthesizes breast developmental biology and pathophysiology which cause induced abortion to be a risk for breast cancer with the extant epidemiologic studies that differentiate induced and spontaneous abortions. These studies are rigorously statistically analyzed. Find out more →



Breast Cancer among Male Patients

A Case Report of Male Breast Cancer in a Very Young Patient: What is Changing?
Male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancer cases, and men tend to be diagnosed at an older age than women (mean age is about 67 years). Several risk factors have been identified, such as genetic and hormonal abnormalities. The present study reported the case of a 25-year-old man who was diagnosed with an advanced invasive ductal carcinoma; however, he did not have any important risk factors. Find out more →


Endocrine Therapy for Male Breast Cancer
More than 90% of male breast cancers (MBC) are estrogen receptor positive but unfortunately over 40% are either stage III or stage IV at the time of presentation. This means that for a substantial proportion of patients, endocrine therapy will be used in a palliative role in the management of MBC.Find out more →



Breast Cancer and Oral Contraceptive

Oral Contraceptive Use and Breast Cancer: A Prospective Study of Young Women
Previous studies convincingly showed an increase in risk of breast cancer associated with current or recent use of oral contraceptives from the 1960s to 1980s. The relation of contemporary oral contraceptive formulations to breast cancer risk is less clear. Methods: We assessed lifetime oral contraceptive use Find out more →

Use of Oral Contraceptives and Breast Cancer Risk: The Norwegian- Swedish Women’s Lifestyle and Health Cohort Study
Current use of oral contraceptives (OCs) has been reported to increase breast cancer risk slightly. In 1991/ 1992, a prospective cohort study specifically designed to examine the role of hormonal contraceptives in relation to breast cancer was conducted in Norway and Sweden. This study was entitled Women’s Lifestyle and Health.Find out more →


Breast Cancer and CAM


The role of complementary and alternative medicine in the management of early breast cancer: Recommendations of the European Society of Mastology (EUSOMA)
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer have many needs that for a start include the expectation of cure. Where cure is unlikely there is always a place for hope and spiritual support. Furthermore whether dealing with the early stages or with the advanced disease patients require symptomatic control that encompasses pain relief, Find out more →

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Women With Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review

Patients with breast cancer use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) despite the fact that no studies have shown altered disease progression attributable to CAM use. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize research as it relates to CAM use among women with breast cancer. Among the many findings of the review, biologically based practices were noted as the types of CAM most used by women with breast cancer, followed by mind-body medicine,Find out more →


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