Best of Breast: news for week ending 14 March 2014

A round-up of news for Breast Cancer and Cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 14 March 2014.

This week’s studies feature several from the University of the Obvious, but still welcome news.

The first is research directly linking BPA (the compound used to make plastic bottles) and breast cancer.


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Most cancer patients, in the course of their reading, will come across research which potentially links BPA with cancer, so in this sense, this is a new development because it shows there’s a direct link.  BPA is an endocrine disruptor, i.e. disrupts anything to do with hormones.  [Did you know that BPA was used as a synthetic estrogen in the 1930s?]

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Best of Breast: news for week ending 8 November 2013

A summary of the latest medical developments in breast cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 8 November 2013.

It’s a strange mix this week, with the usual search for the causes of cancer in DNA and food and cholesterol, and drug therapy mixed with robots!


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1.  Diet rich in bread after the menopause can raise risk of breast cancer

OK, I know this is not the most earth-shaking news, but I’ve always been interested in nutrition and cancer.  When I was first diagnosed I was told to avoid anything with gluten.  Fortunately, I don’t need bread to survive, so I was able to tolerate the diet.  But it was just one of these blanket dietary bans, with no rationale behind it except that it caused inflammation in the body and gummed up the digestive system.  As for pasta – well, that was carbohydrate which would convert to sugar and fuel the cancer cells.

If we’re going to use GI to measure whether or not a food is appropriate, surely pasta (which is refined carbohydrates) is as bad as bread?

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