New study accurately identifies cancer risks for women

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A 20-year international study of 10,000 women has accurately identified the cancer risks for women, further highlighting the need for early detection and lifelong monitoring.  

The research revealed the extent that family history and the location of the abnormality in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are tied directly to a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The findings are expected to change the way prevention strategies are personalised and offered to at-risk women.

The findings showed that the BRCA1 mutation gives women on average a 72 per cent risk of developing breast cancer by 80 years of age and a lifetime ovarian cancer risk of 44 per cent. While women with BRCA2 mutation have a 69 per cent chance of breast cancer and 17 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.

The research also found that cancer risk did not decrease after the age of 60, despite traditional thinking that it did.

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Total Comments: 17
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    mE THINKS they are grasping at straws and anything to try to eliminate you?
    If they stopped feeding so many chemicals and we new half of what we were eating perhaps that too might help. Never before in My life time have i seen so many sickness affecting young and old alike. Its unbelievable.

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    This is a double edged sword. On the one hand knowledge is power and those with the genes can decide what action (if any) they wish to take. On the other if you take the test and it is positive you MUST declare it to health insurers which may mean you will be unable to get any health or life insurance cover.

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      That is in America not Australia. We have laws here to protect people. It is a risk factor not a diagnosis as well
      People are treated here all the time for cancer, diabetes, etc.
      You have waiting periods to adhere to for claims if new to private health insurance. You carry those rights when you change health funds.
      It is great for families with a history of breast cancer. Although women are usually the ones with this diagnosis men can have breast cancer.
      I have had two sisters with breast cancer and I will urge my daughters to have this test carries out.

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      We are heading the same way as the US. Won’t be long before medical providers and insurance companies require people to get a test before they will provide services or insurance cover.
      Currently they are talking about it but not strong enough to move. Give the bastards time.

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    Wonderful that women have again had positive results from the next study into….them.
    Any studies for men happening. Hello? Anybody home?

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      Really, Mick? Why can’t you just see people as people?

      Would you be happier if you had ovaries, so then you may be a candidate for ovarian cancer and then at least the money and resources spent on this research would be for you?

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      Men clearly have no diseases which kill them and women alone have these.

      The issue is not about ‘poor women’ and/or their body parts. The issue is about WHY it is always women who are deserving of research dollars whilst men have little or no value? Do you not understand that as many men die of prostate cancer as women die of breast cancer, a fact that is hidden from the public.
      The female dominated media outlets routinely push women’s illnesses whilst men might get a run once a year.

      Your post says it all Janran: ‘poor me’. However, you miss the whole point of gender equity and equality…..which is something women are always demanding, for themselves.

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      Mick, you are in luck lol. Get the test if you like because men can also get breast cancer. More likely in women though!

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      Never knew about that one. Thanks for the info.
      More worried about the other end where no research dollars available for the fellas and zero media interest. Hence the protest about the continual women’s media BS broadcasts.
      Never mind the blustering. I get it off my chest from time to time. Pardon the pun.

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    Mick, the test for BRCA1 and BRCA2 for MEN is already available andhas been for years. My family carries the BRCA2 gene fault and my brothers have tested positive, which means they have an increaed risk of breastcancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, etc. One brother has died of melanoma at the age of 23, another of pancreatic cancer at 57, while my niece died of breast cancer at 32. I was diagnosed with breastcancer at 39. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and neither should you.

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    Mick, I have been listening to this rot about no moneyfor men’s cancers for 27 years, since I was diagnosed. It is simply untre. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, there were no services in this field, but what we women did was get together anddo something about it. We lobbied politicians for ABCD, there was National Aids Day but no breast cancer day, even though TEN TIMES asmany people were dying from it. We fundraised for breasr care nurses, we founded Breast Cancer Network Australia, Dragons Abreast Australia, and other organisations. We invited men to do the same for prostate cancer, but they seemed incapable of cooperating to help themselves. Every time we have a conference we hear the same moaning about no strong organisations for men’s cancers, but nothing happens! If you feel so strongly about it, Mick, get up and do something about it. The pink movement didnt happen overnight but together we made a difference.

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      My understanding from media reports is that breast cancer research funding is many times that for prostate cancer. Here are a few links which negate your claims:
      – look at the graphs and tell me that breast cancer gets less funding than prostate cancer. That is completely wrong. – more men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer!

      From another very detailed scientific paper: “Approximately one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime”.

      I think you are living in dreamworld Jan. You are wrong on all statements other than that women lobby hard. That is were men have themselves to blame….but that does not mean it is right to fund one gender when the other has more deaths attributed to it. That is sexism at work?

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      Here is another written by mainly women so you can’t claim it is biased:


      The opening paragraph: “A SPECTACULAR gender gap has resulted in men’s health problems being allocated a quarter of the funding women’s health research gets, ranked just ahead of parasitic infections.”

      What can I say? Perhaps read the entire story for a detailed analysis.

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      Yes Mick there is currently more money going into breast cancer research than prostate cancer research but I don’t agree it is sexism at work. For one thing, more women are diagnosed earlier and die earlier so there are more Potential Life Years Lost. I have seen women die in their 20s, more in their 30s, and even more in their 40s. But it is not a competition. Often research on one cancer pays off for another, and the drugs used can be used for other cancers. I certainly don’t have all the answers but have concentrated my own efforts into the areas where I feel I can make a difference. Believe me, when my darling brother died from melanoma at 23, our family was devastated. We felt helpless in the face of what seemed like no research at all on this awful disease. But due to the efforts of many people, lots has changed in the intervening years and more people are surviving. I’m part of a clinical trial on pancreatic cancer too, which will benefit both men and women. But im still waiting to see blue stuff in the shops like the pink stuff for breast cancer. Which in my humble opinion is overdone! And has been over commercialized.

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      More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer. Fact!
      Breast cancer attracts large amounts of money, much of which goes into the ongoing advertising lament about the disease. Fact!

      The statistics can be found here. You’ll notice this is government information page:

      Estimated number of new cancer cases diagnosed in 2017:
      134,174 – 72,169 males, 62,005 females

      Estimated number of deaths from cancer in 2017:
      47,753 – 27,076 males, 20,677 females

      You are talking feel good nonsense Jan whilst the statistics are black and white….or is that pink. Men are dying in greater numbers. Undeniable. Sorry.

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      Women live a lot longer and are detected much earlier.
      Your link states that:

      All cancers: men – 294,400 women – 256,900

      You need to study the graphs. For example figure 7.1 indicates that in the cancers common to both sexes the fellas fare considerably worse. Quite clear.

      You can run but you can’t hide Jan. The stats. are what they are and no amount of looking for loopholes will change that. Pretty sad you cannot accept the facts for what they are. And you wonder why men just give up. Maybe it is truly a woman’s world.



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