Breast Cancer

What’s the Story on Silicone Gel Breast Implants?

What’s the Story on Silicone Gel Breast Implants?

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In November, 2006, the FDA issued its approval of silicone gel implants after a 14-year period of limited use. They had been restricted to reconstructive use and banned for cosmetic use. Why was that?

Breast implants were first on the market in 1962. From then until the early 1990s, they were becoming popular as cosmetic surgery in general was catching on. Most procedures used silicone gel implants rather than saline implants, as most people thought they had a more natural look and feel.

Not everyone approved of breast augmentation, seeing it as pandering to males. Some women came forward with complaints that their silicone gel implants had ruptured and leaked the gel into their bodies. The claim was that this had caused cancer and autoimmune or connective tissue diseases such as lupus.

Aspirin reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Aspirin reduces Breast Cancer Risk

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[Best Syndication] Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) especially aspirin have been shown to reduce breast cancer risk by up to 20 percent. The study was first reported in the March issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

The researchers looked at data over a 27 year period of time of 37,000 women. They compiled data from 21 different studies from 1980 and 2007, and found that the NSAIDs seemed to reduce the chance for developing breast cancer.

The researchers are from London’s Guy’s Hospital and was led by Professor Fentiman and Mr. Avi Agrawal who found that there was some reductions of breast cancer risk in some of the study, but some of them did not reflect any benefits. Overall, however the researchers believe that NSAID’s offer significant protection against developing breast cancer to develop in the first place. They also suggest that NSAIDs might also be beneficial to women that already have the disease.

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

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No woman wants to hear that she has breast cancer, but it is second most deadly cancer for women in the U.S., and although it rarely happens, men can get it too. Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. Failure to diagnose breast cancer can result in disfigurement, more aggressive and harmful treatments, and death.

How breast cancer goes undetected

Failure to order a mammogram, poor imaging, and improper readings of mammograms are often involved in breast cancer misdiagnosis. In many cases doctors imply do not feel that the patient is a likely candidate for breast cancer, and therefore does conduct the proper testing. Common mistakes that lead to failure to diagnose breast cancer include:

Cancer Death Rate On Decline – 2005 Numbers Actually Higher, But Actual Rate Lower Than 2004

Cancer Death Rate On Decline – 2005 Numbers Actually Higher, But Actual Rate Lower Than 2004

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(Best Syndication) The cancer death rate in the United States is still declining, according to a report form the American Cancer Society. The mortality rate is down 18.4 percent among men and 10.5 percent among women since the mortality rate began falling in the 1990s. The 2005 data is now in.

Although there was an actual increase in the number of deaths (5,424 more deaths than the previous year), because of the population increase, the rate has declined. There were 559,312 cancer deaths in 2005 compared to 553,888 cancer deaths in 2004. The Cancer Society expects there to be 565,650 cancer deaths in 2008 (294,120 among men and 271,530 among women).

Cosmetic Surgery: Helping cancer survivors!

Cosmetic Surgery: Helping cancer survivors!

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Cosmetic treatment to repair the visible damage caused by the cancer and/or its cure can be an important part of the rehabilitation process for many people.

Skin cancer patients often suffer from aftereffects ranging from scarring to loss of certain facial features such as the ears, nose, or lips. In many cases, a reconstructive cosmetic surgeon can help to restore both appearance and self-confidence.

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