September 13, 2011

Early Screening Encouraged

1 BRCA Gene Carriers’ Cancer Diagnosed Earlier

Women with the BRCA gene, a mutation that puts them at increased risk for breast cancer are diagnosed with the disease almost 8 years earlier than their mothers or aunts who had the disease and/or ovarian cancer, finds UT research. About 5 to 10% of all breast cancers are associated with BRCA1 or 2, the latter having a 60% risk for developing the disease as compared with a 12% risk for women in general. "Currently, BRCA positive women are counseled to start screening by 25 years, or five to ten years earlier than their youngest affected family member. However, our findings show that we may need to continue to follow these trends with future generations, and make changes accordingly in order to best advise and care for women at greatest risk," says researcher Jennifer Litton.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ovary Removal Prolongs Life

Tags: BRCA1, BRCA2, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, University of Texas, BRCA Gene Mutation, Jennifer Litton, Early Screening for Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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The Only Detox That Can Kill

2 Alcohol Detox May Have Killed Winehouse

Mitch Winehouse, Amy Winehouse's father, says that his daughter's alcohol detox may have killed her. Experts warn that drug detox may make people feel like they want to die, but alcohol detox is the only drug detox that's actually deadly. MSNBC reports that about 5 percent of untreated patients experiencing acute alcohol withdrawal have seizures, and between 5 and 25 percent of patients die when going through the most severe stage of alcohol withdrawal, DTs or delirium tremens. Some people die during alcohol detox due to a gastrointestinal bleed or a bad grand mal seizure. Toxicology reports confirmed the withdrawal drug Librium in Winehouse's body. It's used to decrease risk of seizures and anxiety during alcohol detox, but seizures may also occur due to sudden withdrawal of Librium.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cause Amy Winehouse Death, Dangers Alcohol Detox, Deadly Alcohol Detox, Mitch Winehouse Interview, Drug Detox, Librium Safety, Acute Alcohol Withdrawal, Delirium Tremens

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Not a Risk Factor

3 IUDs Tied to Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

A retrospective study looking the relationship between intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the risk of cervical cancer due to human papillomavirus (HPV) found that this birth control method does not increase the risk of cancer. Data from previous research involving approximately 20,000 women from around the globe from 1985 to 2007 found that women who had used an IUD had a 44 percent decreased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma and the risk of developing adenocarcinoma or adenosqaumous carcinoma was decreased by at least half even though HPV infection was similar in both groups. Researchers hypothesize that IUDs may stimulate a low-grade immune response in the uterus that attacks cancer cells or the act of inserting or taking it out it physically removes precancerous lesions.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: IUD Treats Uterine Cancer and Maintains Fertility

Tags: Cervical Cancer, Cervical Cancer Prevention, HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Intrauterine Device, IUD, Intrauterine Device and Cervical Cancer Risk, Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

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