Rethinking Africa's breast cancer control strategy
- Awareness is the first step in battle against breast cancer: In developing countries, the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not survive because their cancer is detected too late. Motunrayo Bello reports on the challenges of dealing with breast cancer in Nigeria
FDA grants Roche's pertuzumab Priority Review for previously untreated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer
- Roche today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company's Biologics License Application for pertuzumab and granted Priority Review.
New University of Southampton casts doubts on long term value of screening
- A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton, supports the claim that the introduction of breast cancer screening in the UK may have caused more harm than good.
The Forrest report, published in 1986, led to the introduction of breast cancer screening in the UK and estimated the number of screened and unscreened women surviving each year over a 15-year period. Costs and benefits were measured in quality adjusted life years or QALYs (a combined measure of quantity and quality of life) but it omitted harms.
Culture and Language act as Barriers to Care for Non English Speaking Women
- Culture and language have been used through history to exclude and marginalize groups who are not part of the dominant culture. A study from Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, has found that these barriers still persist and contribute to non-English speaking women presenting late and/or defaulting from breast cancer treatment.
Population Registries in Low to Middle Income Countries
- The Facts
Population-based registries collect information on the occurrence and outcome of cancer in defined population groups (usually the inhabitants of a city,region, or country). For each new cancer case, registries record details of the individual affected, the nature of the cancer, information on treatment, and on follow-up, especially with respect to survival from the disease.
Mammogram's Role as Savior is Tested
Nov 13 - Has the power of the mammogram been oversold? At a time when medical experts are rethinking screening guidelines for prostate and cervical cancer, many doctors say it’s also time to set the record straight about mammography screening for breast cancer.