Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women

LONDON — Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, a study by leading European cancer agencies suggests.

The added radiation from mammograms and other types of tests with chest radiation might be especially harmful to them and an MRI is probably a safer method of screening women under 30 who are at high risk because of gene mutations, the authors conclude.

The study can't prove a link between the radiation and breast cancer, but is one of the biggest ever to look at the issue. The research was published Thursday in the journal BMJ.

"This will raise questions and caution flags about how we treat women with (gene) mutations," said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. He and the society had no role in the research.

Mammograms are most often used in women over 40, unless they are at high risk, like carrying a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Having such a mutation increases the risk of developing cancer five-fold. About one in 400 women has the gene abnormalities, which are more common in Eastern European Jewish populations.

In several European countries including Britain, the Netherlands and Spain, doctors advise women with BRCA mutations to get MRIs instead of mammograms before age 30. In the United States, there is no specific advice from a leading task force of government advisers, but the American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms and MRIs from age 30 for women with BRCA gene mutations.

Comments
New York Yankees spread cheer during Children’s Holiday Concerts (w/video)

New York Yankees spread cheer during Children’s Holiday Concerts (w/video)

The event spread free holiday cheer to more than 5,400 children from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. _informq.push(['embed']);...
Updated: 2 hours ago

AP Top News at 11:36 p.m. EST

AP Top News at 11:36 p.m. EST
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Reuters demands Myanmar release its 2 journalists

Reuters demands Myanmar release its 2 journalists

Reuters news agency has called on Myanmar to immediately release its two journalists who were arrested for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two police
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

The fifth-largest wildfire in California history is now 30 percent contained but it still threatens coastal communities and gusty Santa Ana winds that drove the flames continue
Updated: 23 minutes ago

FL Lottery

FL Lottery
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing as evictions draw fury

Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing as evictions draw fury

Five people have died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor
Updated: 1 hour ago
Marchand rallies Bruins by Wings

Marchand rallies Bruins by Wings

DETROIT — Brad Marchand assisted on the tying goal late in regulation and scored the winner 35 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday.The Bruins managed only two shots on goal in the first period but tw...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay Rays making progress in trade talks

Tampa Bay Rays making progress in trade talks

Without getting into specifics – especially the who and the where – Rays officials are for the first time talking optimistically about making a trade before the winter meetings end Thursday.Speaking at around 5:15, senior VP Chaim Bloom s...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Wed., Dec. 13, midday:53 738 7036e_SRit10321Wed., Dec. 13, evening:57 775 2681e_SRit55890LottoWed., Dec....
Updated: 1 hour ago

Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
Updated: 1 hour ago