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Breast disorders

Breast cancer risk confirmed with new pills

Numerous studies have suggested that oral contraceptives can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However, a recent paper has noted that 'more recent formulations have received relatively little scrutiny'. .

New breast cancer hope

Breast cancer encompasses at least four main subtypes (Nature 2012 490:61-70). Around one in five breast cancers express a gene called HER2. HER2-positive cancers grow and spread especially aggressively.

Breast cancer in images

While breast cancer can affect both men and women, nurses are most likely to encounter a woman presenting symptoms. Dr Jean Watkins discusses presentations of female cancers that might arise.

HRT link to breast cancer

Postmenopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new analysis from the Women's Health Initiative.

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