September 6, 2014

May Not Improve Survival Rates

1 Study Challenges Double Mastectomies

Double mastectomies may not improve long-term survival rates finds a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Inst. of California. The rate of double mastectomies rose from 2% in 1998 to 12.3% in 2013 but survival rates were similar to those who had breast-conserving surgery, found researchers who analyzed data from 200,000 patients with cancer in one breast. 55% had a lumpectomy followed by radiation, 39% had one breast removed and 6% had both breasts removed. The 10 year survival rate was 83.2%, 81.2% and 79.9% respectively. “This confirms what medical professionals have always suspected,” said Kathleen Erb, a breast cancer surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital. “There is no survival benefit to removing an unaffected breast, except in special cases."

More at Www.post-Gazette.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Jolie Had Preventive Double Mastectomy

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Survival, Double Mastectomy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Survival Rates, Kathleen Erb, Allegheny General Hospital, Cancer Prevention Institute of California

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Cotton Stinks Less

2 Polyester Clothes May Reek After Exercise

Smelling less ripe after exercise may mean wearing cotton clothes instead of polyester, suggests research from Belgium. The study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, included 26 healthy people who engaged in an intense, hour-long spinning session. The shirts worn during spinning were placed in incubators for 28 hours, and then inspected by an odor panel! The shirts were also tested for bacteria. Researchers found that the bacteria responsible for odor grows better on polyester. Study author Chris Callewaert of Ghent University, Belgium hopes to one day solve the issue of body odor by transplanting microbes from non-smelly relatives to those afflicted by body odor.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

Tags: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Clothes Stink After Exercise, Cotton Versus Polyester

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