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Partial mastectomy better for survival than mastectomy?

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A new study from the Netherlands has shown that a smaller surgery that removes only part of the breast, plus radiation, is just as effective as a mastectomy, and may even improve survival rates.

Not all women are eligible for both surgeries. If your tumour is large relative to your breast, or if the cancer cells are spread around your breast, you might need a mastectomy. But women with small, confined cancers usually have a choice between mastectomy and BCS.

The NZBCF recommends all women have an in-depth discussion with their surgeons about which surgery best suits their situation.

Worrying about wasting GPs’ time is stopping people from seeking help

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A UK study has revealed that many patients don’t report cancer “alarm symptoms” to their GP, because they’re worried about wasting their GP's time.

The study found that long wait times gave the impression GPs were very busy, which meant patients wouldn't go unless they felt their symptoms were very serious. 

Late-night snacking could increase your breast cancer recurrence risk

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Recent research is encouraging breast cancer survivors to ditch the late-night snacks and extend their overnight fast in order to prevent cancer recurrence.

Researchers monitored over 2000 breast cancer survivors’ eating habits, and found that those who avoided eating for 13 hours or more overnight had a 36% lower rate of breast cancer recurrence.  

What about the other breast?

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Over the last 20 years the number of preventative breast cancer surgeries has increased; surgeries intended to reduce a woman’s risk of getting the disease.

But are these surgeries actually preventing anything? And do the negative effects of the surgery outweigh the benefits?