Breast Cancer

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Reporter Liza Gross investigates spending by flame retardant industry groups to forestall laws in California. The retardant chemicals accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and have been linked to a variety of health issues in children and women.
Premiere Date: 12/3/2013 Hits/Views: 7,768
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Flame retardants and flammability standards have informed public policies.
Premiere Date: 9/25/2013 Hits/Views: 13,549
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Bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely accepted as an endocrine disruptor, but evidence is lacking to establish BPA as a breast carcinogen. Human studies of the health effects of BPA are scarce, and studies of BPA are largely limited to laboratory studies. BPA is present in plastic consumer products including canned food linings and #7 polycarbonate plastics. According to recent NHANES data, human exposure is widespread. Amy Trentham-Dietz, University of Wisconsin, describes the results of her study to evaluate the association between BPA exposure and breast cancer risk in adult women. Relations between the three phenols and breast density are presented as well as relations between several sex hormones including estradiol with breast density. Results provide preliminary evidence to guide additional studies on the effects of xenoestrogens like BPA on the risk of breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 9/18/2013 Hits/Views: 22,714
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Marcia Stefanick, Stanford University, explores the role of menopausal hormone therapy on breast cancer risk. She discusses the different hormonal replacement treatments available and the risks associated with long term use.
Premiere Date: 9/11/2013 Hits/Views: 45,456
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Mary Beth Terry, Columbia University, explains that accumulating evidence from both human population and animal studies supports a role for the prenatal and early life environment in influencing breast cancer risk. Timing of menarche and menopause are also important predictors of breast cancer risk. Prenatal and early life factors that have been associated with breast cancer risk have not always been associated with age at menarche and intermediate markers of breast cancer risk like breast density in the same way.
Premiere Date: 9/11/2013 Hits/Views: 35,059
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California State Senator Mark Leno discusses his efforts to eliminate the use of toxic flame retardants through California bill TB117-2013, creatiing an alternative furniture flammability standard that would give consumers the choice to purchase furniture that is fire-safe and nontoxic.
Premiere Date: 7/29/2013 Hits/Views: 19,656
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Since the 1970's, flammability standards have led to furniture, baby products, and building insulation being treated with flame retardant chemicals. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute provides an overview examining how research from disciplines including fire science, biology, toxicology, epidemiology and public health can inform policy and reduce the unneeded use of toxic flame retardant chemicals.
Premiere Date: 7/3/2013 Hits/Views: 47,776
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One "window of susceptibility" that may represent periods of particular vulnerability to specific chemical, dietary, or psychosocial stresses that influence breast cancer risk is menopause. Speakers in this session are: Marcia Stefanick, and Mary Beth Terry and Marj Plumb.
Premiere Date: 6/18/2013 Hits/Views: 120,999
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One "window of susceptibility" that may represent periods of particular vulnerability to specific chemical, dietary, or psychosocial stresses that influence breast cancer risk is puberty. Speakers in this session are: Elisa Bandera, Frank Biro and Esther John.
Premiere Date: 5/13/2013 Hits/Views: 140,612
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Studies attempting to identify breast cancer risk factors have focused mainly on genetics and lifestyle in adult women. However, there is growing evidence that young girls may be particularly sensitive to exposures (e.g., ionizing radiation exposure, childhood and adolescent growth, body composition, and physical activity) that are associated with either initiation of breast cancer or protection against breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 5/8/2013 Hits/Views: 40,011
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Early pregnancy and multiparity are known to reduce the risk of women to develop breast cancer at menopause. The differentiation of the breast induced by the hormones of pregnancy is thought to play a major role in this protection. Jose Russo, Fox Chase Cancer Center, examines the mechanism mediating the protection of the breast conferred by full term pregnancy.
Premiere Date: 5/8/2013 Hits/Views: 67,970
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One "window of susceptibility" that may represent periods of particular vulnerability to specific chemical, dietary, or psychosocial stresses that influence breast cancer risk is in utero. Speakers in this session are: Suzanne Fenton, Shuk-mei Ho, Shanna Swan and Banita Bailey.
Premiere Date: 5/6/2013 Hits/Views: 177,278
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Shuk-mei Ho, Director of the Center for Environmental Genetics at the University of Cincinnati, is internationally recognized for her expertise in the role of hormones and endocrine disruptors on disease development. She explores breast cancer risk in utero. She explores studies that suggest prenatal exposure to BPA and the HFB displayed complex interaction to affect mammary gland development, DMBA-susceptible window, tumor incidence and tumor growth in a complex, non-monotonic manner.
Premiere Date: 5/1/2013 Hits/Views: 25,180
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Banita Bailey, Pink Ribbon Girls of Cincinnati Ohio, discusses a survey of friends, survivors, supporters and families of PinkRibbonGirls.org with respect to their interest in, and knowledge of, the potential for environmental factors to alter the way genes are expressed. The goal is to develop relevant materials to help individuals make better life-choices that translate into greater health for self, and offspring.
Premiere Date: 5/1/2013 Hits/Views: 14,702
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Epidemiologic and experimental data have shown that a full term pregnancy reduces breast cancer risk. However, recent studies have suggested that while full term pregnancy does reduce risk for estrogen receptor and luminal breast cancers, pregnancy may actually increase risk of more aggressive basal-like breast cancers. There are complex relationships between age, race, parity, and obesity in observational human datasets making it difficult to translate these findings into public health messages. Melissa Troester, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, addresses tumor heterogeneity, focusing specifically on the basal-like breast cancer subtype and the microenvironment changes that promote this breast cancer subtype during a vital window of susceptibility, the post partum period.
Premiere Date: 5/1/2013 Hits/Views: 34,912
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Epidemiologic and experimental data have shown that a full term pregnancy reduces breast cancer risk. However, recent studies have suggested that while full term pregnancy does reduce risk for estrogen receptor and luminal breast cancers, pregnancy may actually increase risk of more aggressive basal-like breast cancers. There are complex relationships between age, race, parity, and obesity in observational human datasets making it difficult to translate these findings into public health messages. Melissa Troester, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, addresses tumor heterogeneity, focusing specifically on the basal-like breast cancer subtype and the microenvironment changes that promote this breast cancer subtype during a vital window of susceptibility, the post partum period.
Premiere Date: 5/1/2013 Hits/Views: 34,912
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Elisa V. Bandera, MD, PhD, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, explains that despite extensive research and interest in endocrine disruptors, the role of estrogenic mycotoxins or mycoestrogens, such as zeranol and zearalenone, has received little attention in human studies. Findings suggest that ZEA mycoestrogens may exert anti-estrogenic effects similar to those reported for isoflavones.
Premiere Date: 4/24/2013 Hits/Views: 22,425
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Examine the physical changes that occur with puberty, and how these changes are impacted by earlier development, and, in turn, impact risk of development of adult disease. There has been an increasing awareness that early life events may impact developmental trajectories and subsequent later health. The adolescent years have received little attention, despite important behavioral, cognitive, and physical developmental changes that occur during this period.
Premiere Date: 4/24/2013 Hits/Views: 21,362
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Suzanne E. Fenton, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focuses on the role of environmental chemicals in breast development and function in utero.
Premiere Date: 4/17/2013 Hits/Views: 23,011
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The reproductive toxicity of phthalates has been known since the 1990's. Shanna Swan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has worked for over twenty-five years to understand the threats posed by chemicals to our environment and our health, and, when necessary, to develop new paradigms to assess their risks. Findings warrant concern that low dose prenatal exposure to anti-androgenic chemicals may affect human male reproductive health.
Premiere Date: 4/17/2013 Hits/Views: 22,007
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One "window of susceptibility" that may represent periods of particular vulnerability to specific chemical, dietary, or psychosocial stresses that influence breast cancer risk is pregnancy. Speakers in this session are: Melissa Troester, Jose Russo and Janice Barlow.
Premiere Date: 4/10/2013 Hits/Views: 101,851
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Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, discusses the future of federally conducted and supported research on breast cancer and the environment.
Premiere Date: 4/3/2013 Hits/Views: 51,344
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Arlene Blum describes flame retardants and flammability standards and how scientific research informs policies. Then a panel explores how public policy is formed based on research. Speakers in this session are: Arlene Blum, Michael Lipsett, Liza Gross, and Mark Leno.
Premiere Date: 11/16/2012 Hits/Views: 358
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Marj Plumb, DrPH, looks back on research presented in an earlier session regarding Korenman's suggestion in 1980 that puberty and perimenopause were two "windows" of maximum breast cancer inducibility by environmental carcinogens. The previous session focused on several exposures that are of particular relevance to peri- and postmenopausal women including obesity, postmenopausal hormone use, and environmental chemicals. The potential connections between the different windows of susceptibility are also addressed.
Premiere Date: 11/16/2012 Hits/Views: 175
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Executive director of Zero Breast Cancer, Janice Barlow, RN, discusses the impact of pregnancy on the body and how it impacts breast cancer risk.
Premiere Date: 11/15/2012 Hits/Views: 567
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Dr. Anne Wallace, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and director of the UCSD Breast Care Unit, gives an overview of the risk factors for breast cancer and discusses how you and your doctor can manage those risks. She also gives a surgeon's perspective on breast cancer screening and new treatments on the horizon.
Premiere Date: 11/8/2012 Hits/Views: 106,369
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Chances are you know someone with breast cancer. There are more than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States and nearly a quarter of a million more women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. On this edition of About Health Jeanne Blake is joined by a woman who is one of the faces behind the numbers - Monique Doyle Spencer - to talk about living with breast cancer, and two of her books: "The Courage Muscle: The Chickens Guide to Living with Breast Cancer" and "How Can I Help: Everyday Ways to Help Your Loved Ones Live With Cancer."
Premiere Date: 6/21/2012

Dr. Lori M. Strachowski, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Radiology, UCSF Director of Women's Imaging, San Francisco General Hospital, looks at pros and cons of imagining techniques for younger women.
Premiere Date: 1/16/2012 Hits/Views: 58,796
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Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and affects approximately one million women worldwide. Dr. Laura Esserman, a nationally known breast surgeon, director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, discusses advances in treatment and prevention.
Premiere Date: 10/24/2011 Hits/Views: 59,960
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Join Dr. Mary McGrath, UCSF Professor of Surgery, as she describes options available for breast surgery and body contouring.
Premiere Date: 3/28/2011 Hits/Views: 117,514
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UCLA's Dr. Susan Love has dedicated her life to the eradication of breast cancer. Learn about her most recent project, the Love/Avon Army of Women, the internet solution that partners women and scientists in order to accelerate basic translational research to find the cause and prevention of breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 3/28/2011 Hits/Views: 55,165
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Mary-Helen Barcellos-Hoff, describes the interface between basic science research and development of treatments and prevention strategies for breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 3/21/2011 Hits/Views: 66,765
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In this "You Asked For It" Grand Rounds from UC Davis, Donna Walgenbach, a Certified Genetic Counselor presents a look at counseling patients who carry BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genetic mutations for breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 3/15/2011 Hits/Views: 86,145
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Explore environmental influences on the development of breast cancers with this animated short. Get a greater understanding of the biology of the breast and how developmentally specific exposures may affect breast cancer development.
Premiere Date: 2/24/2011 Hits/Views: 61,555
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Join Dr. Matthew Allison he talks about the latest research regarding health concerns for postmenopausal women and what can be done in the way of prevention of diseases such as heart attacks, breast cancer, and fractures. Dr. Allison discusses the risks and benefits of Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), a supplemental estrogen therapy.
Premiere Date: 8/12/2010 Hits/Views: 65,121
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Exciting new technologies are being developed to improve breast cancer surgery. A leading specialist in oncology surgery, Sarah Blair, MD, joins our host, David Granet, MD, as she explains these latest advancements. Dr. Blair is developing a method for using advanced imaging techniques to ensure all the tumor cells are removed during a cancer surgery. Since this test is performed during the actual surgery, it will enable surgeons to remove the tumor precisely and may eliminate the need for any additional surgery.
Premiere Date: 3/18/2010 Hits/Views: 66,689
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A panel of experts explores how to maximize available resources for prevention, screening and treatment. Janice Barlow, the executive director of ZERO Breast Cancer, explores environmental and lifestyle strategies for minimizing breast cancer risk.
Premiere Date: 2/22/2010 Hits/Views: 118,526
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Dr. Judith Luce of UCSF examines the incidence of breast cancer in young women and explores what types of preventive medical treatments exist that may offer hope to women at risk.
Premiere Date: 2/15/2010 Hits/Views: 104,204
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Young women can and do get breast cancer. Understanding your genetic risk may help. Robin Lee discusses how to assess the genetic risks and Dr. Mary Beattie explores strategies for breast cancer prevention for women at high genetic risk.
Premiere Date: 2/8/2010 Hits/Views: 83,951
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Young women can and do get breast cancer. Dr. Lori Strachowski, Medical Director Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center at San Francisco General Hospital, explores the pros and cons of imaging young high risk women and Nancy Dunn, Director of Training, MammaCare ~ West, discusses quality clinical breast exams.
Premiere Date: 11/16/2009 Hits/Views: 98,801
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Results from the Human Genome Project are enabling scientists to understand how individual cancers form and progress. This information, when combined with newly developed drugs, can optimize the treatment of individual cancers. Joe Gray, director of Berkeley Lab's Life Sciences Division and Associate Laboratory Director for Life and Environmental Sciences, focuses on this approach, its promise, and its current roadblocks - particularly with regard to breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 11/9/2009 Hits/Views: 125,673
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Beverly Burns, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine at UCSF, looks at the benefits of integrative therapies for breast cancer. She examines the best uses of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicines in caring for patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 11/9/2009 Hits/Views: 123,572
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In a new study, researchers at UCSD School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers' model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Join Dr. Cedric Garland, lead researcher, and Carole Baggerly with GrassrootsHealth as they discuss these findings and the proposed actions.
Premiere Date: 10/12/2009 Hits/Views: 160,319
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In a new study, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers' model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Join Dr. Cedric Garland, lead researcher on the study, as he discusses the implications of these findings and the proposed actions.
Premiere Date: 9/28/2009 Hits/Views: 528,494
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In a new study, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers' model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium. Join Dr. Cedric Garland, lead researcher on the study, as he discusses the implications of these findings and the proposed actions.
Premiere Date: 9/28/2009 Hits/Views: 105,787
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Nine courageous, everyday women survive breast cancer only to discover that their health struggles continue after their cancer treatment ends. Sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Premiere Date: 2/9/2009 Hits/Views: 97,952
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Dr. Karla Kerlikowske looks at the accuracy, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mammography by decade of age. She explores both the benefits and drawback of the tool used to detect breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 2/9/2009 Hits/Views: 131,727
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Does secondhand smoke increase the risk of breast cancer? UCSF Professor of Medicine Robert Glantz explores the link between the chemicals in tobacco smoke which is involuntarily inhaled by nonsmokers and breast cancer.
Premiere Date: 1/19/2009 Hits/Views: 98,941
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When one hears the words breast cancer certain imagines come to mind: friends who've lived with the disease....of chemo, hair loss...fear. But now, after reading the book The Courage Muscle: A Chicken's Guide to Living with Breast Cancer, some may think, too, of laughter. On this edition of About Health TV, Jeanne Blake interviews the author of the book and breast cancer survivor, Monique Doyle Spencer.
Premiere Date: 8/28/2008

Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Oncologist Dr. Judith Luce of UCSF discuses the research and advances in technologies that are impacting the clinical care of breast cancer patients.
Premiere Date: 8/18/2008 Hits/Views: 87,186
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Nine courageous, everyday women survive breast cancer only to discover that their health struggles continue after their cancer treatment ends. Sponsored by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Hits/Views: 1,045
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