Cancer patient told to read website with no warning and read nothing about risk until 10 months into treatment to learn more about drug Read more
The website, published on Sunday, features no warning and doesn’t mention whether the cancer is cancerous, a known risk factor for breast cancer, as it was on its face.
According to the study, published in the Journal of the American Cancer Society, “There was no increase in survival over time observed with breast cancer screening for men.”
Dr Kana Kondo, chief executive of the British Cancer Research Foundation, said: “The results of this study support earlier research showing that screening for breast cancer, in addition to screening for other types of cancer, has an absolute benefit.
“Over the next few years research is required to establish more precise screening targets and monitor if these will be sufficient to detect breast cancer within seven years of diagnosis. We cannot yet tell if screening mammography will always be the best and only screening method for women, but it is important that mammography is recommended by breast cancer carers, and that it can be offered to those at high risk.
“We must now look into how the cancer-prevention interventions to target preventive cancer treatment, including mammography, the first breast cancer screening programme, can complement existing breast cancer screening for all women in Britain, so that in the future all women can benefit from the benefit.”
The study included 10,527 British women with suspected breast cancer between March 2009 and October 2013. About 8,100 were on treatment with the drug TDF in combination with the mammogram at a cost of about Â£900 a year.
Among the participants, only 29% were diagnosed with breast cancer by cancer screening. The remaining 29% were classified as breast cancer plus non-Hodgkin lymphoma, non-leukaemia, or advanced disease. The survival time was calculated and compared across groups from April 2012 to August 2015.
The research team, led by Dr Ravi Shah, the British Cancer Research Foundation chief executive, concluded that the study had no confidence limits. However, they warned that future follow-up studies, which are to compare survival with the same women again, would likely uncover similar outcomes.
In their conclusions, the researchers concluded that cancer screening, particularly mammography, was “considered by many as effective and safe for all women by UK cancer screening policies.” The cost savings were higher, the authors said, because mammography treatments for women and children are usually delivered by doctors on their own time.
Kondo said, however, that this evidence was “not a clear-cut case of ‘women should have mammograms for breast cancer’.” But she added: “Our study raises further questions over whether screening is likely to provid
Backpackers body found in sydney harbour
A backpack from the Sydney Harbor is believed to have fallen into a harbour during the cyclone in Sydney.
It was first spotted by an off-duty sailor who happened to be walking along one of the city’s rivers, the Northern Beaches, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSPI) said.
An employee of the NSPI noticed a bag in the waters off the Port Phillip Highway at about 6.30pm on Monday and called the Transport Safety Bureau’s Sydney flood service.
It was recovered from the water on Thursday night.
Police will now continue to investigate the cause of the tragedy while looking at potential criminal actions.
They believe the bag fell into the harbour from a nearby warehouse in nearby South Hobart, after which the bag was found washed up on the seabed.
The backpack was covered in human waste and was likely to have caught fire because of the strong winds and rain in the Harbour.
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