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Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have replaced heart problems as the major killer in the UK—at least for women. A similar pattern has been seen in the US, too, where the rate of coronary heart disease has fallen by 20 per cent since the 1980s.
Chemotherapy is killing up to half of all breast and lung cancer patients within the first month of treatment—although the drug is never cited as the cause of death, the first-ever study into the lethal effects of the drug has discovered.
The Epstein-Barr virus—one of the most common infections in the world—seems to increase the risk for several cancers, including breast cancer. The virus changes cells in the breast that could lead to cancer decades later, scientists surmise.
If you’re suffering through the menopause, think twice before you turn to HRT (hormone replacement therapy): it really does increase your risk of breast cancer. Women who take it for a long time triple their risk, a major new study has discovered.
Older women who follow a low-fat diet—eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—dramatically reduce their chances of getting deadly breast cancer. Even if they do develop the disease, they’re far more likely to survive it.
Post-menopausal women can lower their risk of breast cancer by taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Their anti-inflammatory properties are as powerful as drugs, new research has found.