Are breast self-exams necessary? The answer may surprise you

(HealthDay)—A shift in thinking means it’s OK to skip your monthly breast self-exam—but don’t miss your regular professional checkup and diagnostic imaging, health experts say. A periodic visual check in a mirror can be helpful, breast health experts from the Cedars-Sinai health system in California suggest. “Beginning at age 40,…

Predicting breast cancer recurrences

A new tool combining traditional pathology with machine learning could predict which breast cancer patients actually need surgery. The technology, reported in the November issue of American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology, could spare women from unnecessary treatments, reduce medical expenses, and lead to a new generation of drugs to stop…

Study Updates Risks for Breast Cancer Associated With HRT

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 — Long-term use of estrogen-only and combined estrogen and progestogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in The BMJ. Yana Vinogradova, Ph.D., from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom,…

Mom and baby share ‘good bacteria’ through breast milk

A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Manitoba has found that bacteria are shared and possibly transferred from a mother’s milk to her infant’s gut, and that breastfeeding directly at the breast best supports this process. The research, published today in Cell…