Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women

May 22, 2020By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Cancer Research, Diagnostic Testing, Genetic Testing

On May 19, 2020 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a paper confirming that multiple genes predispose black women to breast cancer. This study is called Contribution of Germline Predisposition Mutations to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. According to the CDC African American women are more likely than Caucasian women to get triple negative breast cancer. … Read More

Liquid Biopsy

March 9, 2018By CancerSmarterBreast Cancer, Diagnostic Testing, Research

Liquid Biopsy As tumor cells devide and grow they shed DNA which travels through the patients blood streams. This new Liquid Biopsy blood test looks for the shed DNA. Jocelyn Kaiser writes, in her January 18, 2018 article for Science, about work being done by Joshua D. Cohen et al. The team has developed, CancerSEEK, a … Read More

Tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells

February 11, 2018By CancerSmarterCancer Research, Cancer Treatments, Carcinogens, Diagnostic Testing

Tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells Tamoxifen works by blocking estrogen in the breast tissue by attaching to the estrogen receptors in breast cells. Recent studies show that tamoxifen promotes metastasis in some breast cancer cells. The drug has been used as a first-line endocrine treatment for  breast cancer for decades. Tamoxifen resistance In … Read More