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Breast cancer pink has become the signifier of a new feminism more concerned with awareness than protest. GaiaRae Veliz/Flickr

Girlie or girl power? Breast cancer and the cult(ure) of pink

Pinktober, when hundreds of products turn pink for breast cancer, is a curious month – more carnival than commemoration; more rose-coloured glasses than true blue conscious raising. Concerns have been…

Protein absence may signal breast cancer

A protein necessary for lactation has for the first time been shown to inhibit the critical cellular transition that is an…
Kylie Minogue’s very public battle with breast cancer led to more women getting screened. AAP

Can celebrities be good for public health? Experts face off

Celebrities can successfully help promote public health say experts, despite questions about the long-term benefit that might…
Women need to be made aware of over-diagnosis and given enough information to make up their own minds about screening. Johan/Flickr

Over-diagnosis and breast cancer screening: a case study

OVER-DIAGNOSIS EPIDEMIC – Today Robin Bell and Robert Burton examine breast cancer to evaluate the role of population-wide screening in over-diagnosis. Since the national screening mammography program…
The case for regular breast screening has been strengthened by a study including 4,000 Australian women. AAP

Screening can halve the chance of breast cancer death: study

Breast screening can help women halve their risk of dying from breast cancer, a new Australian study has found. The research…
Basic statistical literacy is important for communicating and understanding medical risks. Janet Ramsden

Understanding risk statistics about breast cancer screening

An article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) today says a US charity “overstates the benefit of mammography and ignores harms altogether.” The charity’s questionable claim is that early detection…
A small amount of alcohol is better than none for women, research suggests. Flickr/Andrew Borodin

Risk of arthritis half for ‘moderate’ female drinkers

Women who consume three alcoholic drinks a week over a period of at least 10 years will halve their risk of developing rheumatoid…
Consumer groups says women want reliable and up-to-date information about recurrence risk. Calvin Fleming

How likely is my breast cancer to recur and spread?

Over 13,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year. After completing initial treatment, the immediate question for many, if not most, is - what are the chances my cancer will return…
Smoking is an independent risk factor for breast cancer. Tonino Donato/flickr

Breast cancer and smoking: it’s always a good time to stop

The number of people within our community who have survived cancer is increasing. But a recent Victorian study has shown that not all survivors are embracing good health. In the last 20 years, the incidence…
You’d need to consume around 100 cans of soup a day to reach dangerous BPA exposure levels. Neil Conway

Should the latest research about plastics exposure worry us?

Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and some epoxy resins – has been in the news quite a bit lately. Headline-grabbing news items have been breathlessly reporting…
Researchers have found that rare mutations in XRCC2 increase the risk of breast cancer. Robert S Donovan

Revealed: another piece of the breast cancer gene puzzle

You’ve probably heard of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – the genes that, when mutated, markedly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. We’ve also known for a while that a handful of other genes also increase…
Nanas may contribute more than just hugs and kisses. John McNab

What’s the link between caring grandmas and breast cancer?

A recent study shows that mutations in the “breast cancer genes” BRCA1 and BRCA2 – which increase the risks of breast and ovarian cancers among others – also increase fertility. This is an extraordinary…

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