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Boston Breast Cancer Program Identifies & Helps Women At Increased Risk

Many women are at increased risk for breast cancer, but don’t know what to do about it. Now a local program is helping identify women at risk, then give ongoing support and counseling to help reduce it. Mil Pierce of Belmont is one of those women at risk; she has a strong family history of breast cancer. “My mom, my grandmother, my great aunt, generation after generation has had breast cancer,” she said. The 55-year old had genetic testing, but it was negative. So Mil went searching for answers to protect herself and her two teenage daughters. “I thought it would be really important to figure out an approach that was soup to nuts,” she explained. “I wanted to throw the kitchen sink at trying

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Care For A Cure! May the joy of the holiday season inspire us to spread cheer, volunteer, and continue fighting for our friends and neighbors with Breast Cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Study Reveals a Weakness of Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis

A new study analyzing the cross-talk between bone cells and cancer cells in metastatic breast cancer models may have uncovered a weakness that can be exploited to stop breast cancer from spreading to the bone. The study, “The Osteogenic Niche Is a Calcium Reservoir of Bone Micrometastases and Confers Unexpected Therapeutic Vulnerability,” was published in Cancer Cell. When cancer metastasizes, cancer cells leave the original tumor, migrate through the bloodstream, and take up residence in other organs, often quite far from the primary tumor. Sometimes, these cells grow into metastatic lesions, which can be deadly. Read the full article HERE

Are There Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch For?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that happens in phases, slowly destroying a person’s memory, cognitive functions, and eventually many physical abilities as well. The condition happens in five different stages, starting with what’s known as preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. This is when a person isn’t showing any signs of the condition, but their brain is undergoing changes that will eventually cause symptoms. During this time, protein deposits in the brain form abnormal clumps that interrupt the way brain cells communicate, the Mayo Clinic explains. The brain also begins to create tangled bundles of the fibers necessary for transporting materials essential for proper brain functio

Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low

Compared with women who have never given birth, those who recently had babies may have a slight increased risk of breast cancer that peaks after about five years and then gradually declines, according to a study published this week. The degree of risk increases with the mother’s age at the time she gave birth. The results sound disturbing, especially for women who already have more than enough stress taking care of young children. But even with the increase, the risk of breast cancer in young women before menopause remains very low, researchers say. To read the full article, click HERE Tim Clayton/Corbis, via Getty Images

Future of Alzheimer's therapy: What is the best approach?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 50 million people around the world live with dementia, and approximately 60–70 percent have Alzheimer's disease. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is aging, and people ages 65 or older are the most vulnerable. Current treatments for this condition address its symptoms, such as memory loss and behavioral changes. However, more and more research aims to find a therapy that will tackle the biological changes that characterize Alzheimer's disease. To read the full article, click HERE

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