Woman receiving chemotherapy.
New tools help doctors and breast cancer patients decide whether chemotherapy is needed. A recent study suggested that many can forgo chemo. But the decision is complicated. Here's why.
Age-standardised cancer death rates have been falling in Australia.
Currently, seven cancer types are listed in the top 20 causes of death in Australia. These are cancers of the lung, blood and lymph, bowel, prostate, breast, pancreas, skin and some childhood cancers.
We’ve come a long way since the 1950s in our understanding of breast cancer and how to treat it.
New research that more isn't better when it comes to chemotherapy mirrors the evolution of surgery approaches to breast cancer that, a few decades ago, were far more radical than now.
Stigma is likely exacerbated by our many ‘pink’ campaigns to raise breast cancer awareness and improve outcomes for women.
Although breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, around 145 Australian men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and around 25 died from it.
The cost of cancer drugs is killing patients and it needs to stop
This body map brings together evidence on proven cancer causes. Using credible, scientific sources it answers questions about whether alcohol, red meat or sun exposure increase your cancer risk.
Prolonged periods of stress can aid in the spread of cancer.
Chronic stress accelerates cancer growth in mice, according to a new study, pointing to potential treatment targets to slow the progression of cancer to other organs.
Understanding the DNA of tumours allows researchers to target treatment to each individual.
Personalised medicine is based on the idea that by understanding the specific molecular code of a person’s disease, and particularly its genetic makeup, we can more accurately tailor treatment.
Young women in Kano, northern Nigeria. Access to cancer screening in the region is particularly problematic.
Women in northern Nigeria are not going for cancer screenings early enough. There are myriad social, cultural and economic reasons for this. But early detection would save their lives.
When should a woman start having mammograms?
How different are the new breast cancer screening guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society? A professor of radiology explains what the new guidelines say about when women should start having yearly mammograms.
Men can get breast cancer, but that doesn't mean they would benefit from screening.
Women with DCIS or stage 0 breast cancer have the same chance of dying from breast cancer as the rest of the population – 3.3%.
We're told that finding symptoms of disease early will prevent the more serious consequences. But for pre-cancerous lesions, also known as stage 0 breast cancer, the picture is much more complicated.
Don’t stay up too late.
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How does one prove that shift work causes breast cancer, as the authors of the new study claim? A cancer epidemiologist explains how scientists weigh evidence to figure out what causes cancer.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations prompted Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy and surgery to remove both ovaries.
What if you could take a simple test to reveal your individual risk of developing a range of cancers and hundreds of other diseases?
Australia’s Federal Court last year rejected Ms D'Arcy’s appeal and ruled companies could patent genes they isolated.
The High Court challenge is the last resort for Ms D'Arcy's test case against companies patenting human genes and has implications for patients, clinicians and researchers.
The many presentations of breast cancer.
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Long gone are the days when breast cancer was seen as a tumour with an underlying relationship with oestrogen. The picture is much more complex.
For 10% of patients the disease will return.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the Western world, with 15,000 women (and about 70 men) diagnosed each year in Australia.
While we search for a cure, we are still searching for cause. A volunteer hangs bras during a promotion against breast cancer in Switzerland in 2008.
Major causes have been identified for most common cancers, like liver and lung. But we still haven't identified one for breast cancer.
Jolie Pitt has announced she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to mitigate cancer risk.
Jolie Pitt has announced more surgery, this time to mitigate her risk of developing ovarian cancer. But this should ideally not have the same "Jolie effect" as her last operation.
Jolie Pitt: wants other women at risk to know about the options.
Genetic testing for cancer will become more common and risk reducing surgery is one way to cut the risk.