Novel gene test might 'narrow down breast cancer risk'

Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2017

The research team has found there are differences in the bacterial composition of healthy women when compared to those with breast cancer.

Researchers believe it could help to reduce the number of women required to undergo a mastectomy by around a third. It is alarming how most Indian women do not get early detection examinations - in many cases they are diagnosed when their cancer is already in later stages.

"We know that numerous women who are receiving (double) mastectomy do not have advanced tumors that require mastectomy even on the affected side", said lead study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi of the University of MI in Ann Arbor.

"If you're not one of those poor people that develop it, you're related to them, love them, you are friends with them, so breast cancer affects everyone one of us", said Michael Stewart, a diagnostic radiologist in Missoula.

"I think it helps a lot to know the procedure and to be aware how it's done", she said.

Every woman is treated individually to give her the best possible chance at survival and with the best quality of life. This is because it can help narrow down who is more at risk. The data collected by institute between 2010 and 2014 shows the rate of breast cancer is 132 per 100,000 in St. Francois County compared to the average of 125.9 to the Missouri.

The majority of women in the study had surgery - either a lumpectomy that removes malignant tissue while sparing the rest of the breast or a mastectomy that removes the entire breast. Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare. It is more common in women over 50 and nearly half of cases develop in women aged 65 and over.

"I have women come in and I have to give them terrible information", Stewart said. Also, women who missed more than a month of work often lost substantial income; 29 percent of these women lost more than $5000.

As an initiative to make sure everyone has equal access to cancer screenings and education, New Jersey and Center for Disease Control and Prevention has funded NJCEED, New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection.