Cancer All-Clear For Night Shift Work Based On Bad Science

By Rory O’Neill, Hazards Magazine editor

A recent Oxford University study concluding that night shift work should no longer be classified as a cause of breast cancer was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers warn.

The large scale ‘meta-analysis using data from 1.4 million women, published online on October 6th, 2016 in the Journal . . . → Read More: Cancer All-Clear For Night Work Based On Bad Science

DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer

“DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer,” by Justin Worland, Time.

DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), previously linked to Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and kidney and ovarian diseases, was taken out of use 30 years ago because of its harmful effects on health and the environment. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows . . . → Read More: DDT Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Breast Cancer

Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes

“Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes.” By Theodora Ross, The New York Times.

An oncologist looks at the evidence for genetic testing in certain circumstances. This takes the conversation a step further.

On Aug. 6, researchers announced in The New England Journal of Medicine that they . . . → Read More: Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes

Chemoprevention Is No Magic Bullet

The Telegraph recently reported that, “More than 500,000 women at risk of breast cancer because of their family history should take tamoxifen as preventive measure.” The story is based on a new set of guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK recommending chemoprevention drugs to women who have not . . . → Read More: Chemoprevention Is No Magic Bullet

“Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

The summer before Jennifer died we spent a week at the ocean with her family. At this point Jen had been using a walker for a few months because the cancer had spread to her hip and she was having difficultly walking. Jen’s legs were getting weaker and she wasn’t sure that she would be . . . → Read More: “Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

Rights or Rhetoric? Breast Reconstruction Awareness

I get public relations pitches every day about the latest breast cancer fill-in-the-blank. I usually delete them as soon as they come in, but last week I lingered on one longer than usual. The pitch said that Dr. Allen Gabriel and The Pink Lemonade Project, along with Alaska Airlines and Starbucks, were inviting me to . . . → Read More: Rights or Rhetoric? Breast Reconstruction Awareness

Every silver lining has a cloud

Much of my life revolves around cancer, both professionally and personally. My ongoing research of breast cancer culture and industry that started over a decade ago entails an immersion into the topic that involves incessant reading of medical studies, news articles, advocacy materials, public policies, and personal stories as well as systematic observation, interviewing, writing, . . . → Read More: Every silver lining has a cloud

Bias in reporting of end points of efficacy and toxicity

“Bias in reporting of end points of efficacy and toxicity in randomized, clinical trials for women with breast cancer.” By F.E. Vera-Badillo, R. Shapiro, A. Ocana, E. Amir and I.F. Tannock, Annals of oncology (PDF)

Of the 164 studies included in a literature review of Phase III randomized, clinical trials (RCTs) from 1995 to 2011, . . . → Read More: Bias in reporting of end points of efficacy and toxicity

Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?

“Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?” By H. Gilbert Welch, The New York Times

For decades women have been told that one of the most important things they can do to protect their health is to have regular mammograms. But over the past few years, it’s become increasingly clear that these screenings are not all . . . → Read More: Cancer Survivor or Victim of Diagnosis?