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Women are more likely to survive breast cancer if they have a strong social network of friends and family—but those who are more isolated are twice as likely to die from the disease.
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.