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Alcohol industry misleads public on cancer link – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 8th, 2017.

A UK study has found that alcohol industry groups misrepresent the alcohol-related risk of cancer in public information. By surveying websites and documents from 27 alcohol industry organisations, including Australia’s Drinkwise, the researchers found denial and misrepresentation of the cancer risk from consuming alcohol, and distraction from the effects of alcohol on common cancers like […]

Mapping mutations in breast cancer – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 3rd, 2016.

An international team of researchers have produced the most comprehensive map to date of the genetic changes leading to breast cancer, publishing their results today in the journals Nature and Nature Communications. The researchers sequenced the DNA of tumours and normal tissue from 560 breast cancer patients to identify mutations in 93 genes, moving us […]

Cancer: the cost of a life – NZH special series

John Kerr posted in on November 13th, 2015.

This week the New Zealand Herald has run an extensive five-part series – in print and online – delving deep into controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reporting on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. The ‘Cancer: the cost of a life’ series, authored by Herald health reporter Martin Johnston, is supported […]

Oral contraceptive and breast cancer – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 1st, 2014.

Women taking contemporary high-oestrogen birth control pills, and a few other formulations, are at an increased risk of breast cancer, suggests new research. The study also found that oral contraceptives with low doses of oestrogen did not increase users’ risk of developing breast cancer. While previous studies have already found a link between birth control pills and breast cancer risk, […]

Breast cancer: the harms and benefits of screening – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2014.

Is breast cancer screening actually saving lives? A Norwegian study, published in BMJ, has looked at the effectiveness of modern mammography screening by measuring breast cancer mortality among screened and unscreened women. The authors found that an invitation to mammography screening was associated with a 28 per cent reduced risk of death from breast cancer […]

Breast cancer and astronauts – Michelle Dickinson

John Kerr posted in on May 15th, 2013.

Dr Michelle Dickinson, a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, spoke to TV3’s Firstline this morning for their weekly ‘science news’ segment. She discussed the increased awareness of breast cancer genetics in the wake of actress Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she had a double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRAC1 […]

NZ women may face similar issues to USA court case

Peter Griffin posted in on January 19th, 2012.

About 600 New Zealand women — and potentially as many as 1000 to 2000 — prescribed a synthetic estrogen decades ago, may have daughters facing the same issues as 53 American women who have gone to court in Boston to sue drug companies who made and promoted the drug. A study in the New England […]

Experts divided on ‘Million Women’ HRT study

John Kerr posted in on January 17th, 2012.

A new review has cast doubt on the findings of a large study which identified a link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer, but experts are treating the conclusions of both pieces of research with caution. In the ongoing debate over the benefits and harms of hormone replacement therapy, an international team of researchers […]

Radio NZ: Breast cancer vaccine tests successful on mice

Peter Griffin posted in on June 2nd, 2010.

US researchers have, they say, successfully trialed a breast cancer vaccine which stopped 100% of breast cancers developing or growing in the mouse models used. The next step will be to trial the drug in humans, and it could take years before the drug (if successful in humans) is available as a treatment. An excerpt: […]

Experts on new study on multi-vitamins and breast cancer

Peter Griffin posted in on April 20th, 2010.

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this month has raised concerns that the use of multi-vitamin supplements may increase the risk of breast cancer. Coverage in the New Zealand Herald and on the Sciblogs websitelooks at this issue. A copy of the paper can be accessed by logging into the […]

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