March 2004
Article Features
  Significant Disparities Still Exist in Screening Mammography Rates
Computer-Aided Detection System for Mammography Does Not Change Recall, Detection Rates
Virtual Reality Helps Breast Cancer Patients Cope with Chemotherapy
Do Cancer Patients in Clinical Trials Have Better Outcomes Than Non-Participants?
Breast Cancer Drug Shows Promise Against Endometriosis
Charities to Make Breast Cancer Gene Freely Available Across Europe
Genetic Counseling Increases Awareness But Not Anxiety
Doctors Urged to Help Patients Balance Risks versus Benefits of HRT
HRT Trial Stopped Early After Unacceptable Risks for Women with Previous Breast Cancer
Breast Augmentation May Interfere with Mammography Interpretations
Puffer Fish Biotoxin Provides Promising Relief of Cancer Pain
Questions Linger About Use of Partial Breast Irradiation
Survey Finds Women Pleased with Preventive Mastectomy Decision
Link Between Sleep and Cancer Progression Explored
New Mode of Action Discovered for Tamoxifen
Tamoxifen Used Cautiously for Early Breast Cancer Despite Therapeutic Benefit
New Breast Cancer Vaccine Study Launched
Web Based Clinical Trial Information Fails to Reach Patients


Long-Term Use of Antibiotics Possibly Linked with Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who used increased amounts of antibiotics appear to have a greater risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). However, the researchers point out that more studies are needed to determine if the association between breast cancer and antibiotics is causal or if there are other underlying factors to be considered.

"Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed nonskin malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer mortality in U.S. women," according to background information from the authors. "It is also the most common cancer in women worldwide, with more than 1 million cases diagnosed each year. Antibiotics are used extensively and overused in many countries, though efforts are underway to curb overuse."

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