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Breath and urine tests can detect breast cancer early

“We’ve now shown that inexpensive, commercial electronic noses are sufficient for classifying cancer patients at early stages.” ~ Professor Yehuda Zeiri, Ben-Gurion University   Researchers have discovered that exhaled breath and urine samples can provide a fast and inexpensive breast cancer diagnosis. This early and accurate breast cancer screening is being done using commercially available…

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KNOWING BRCA STATUS CAN BE LIFE-SAVING

JERUSALEM – Leading international breast cancer researchers attending a Soroka Medical Center and Israel Healthcare Foundation symposium addressing the question: “Should Ashkenazi Jews or even the general population be tested routinely for inherited predisposition to breast cancer?” concluded that the current testing model focusing on family history isn’t working and that data shows that half…

Two Cancers, Four ‘Survivors’

Breast cancer survivor stories are everywhere (fortunately!), and they are worth telling because they are both inspirational and motivational: She survived. Maybe I can! A mammogram detected her cancer. I’m making an appointment right now! But there is another “survivor” worth celebrating as well. The patient’s partner. The patient must deal with a whole lot…

Care for caregivers

As a child we lived with my grandparents in a red brick apartment complex in Queens, NY. I remember the pleasure of sitting on my Papa’s lap as he imbued me with love, kindness and wisdom. My grandfather Louis Blumenstock was a well-known philanthropist who founded the Hyam Salomon Home for the Aged. Later in…

Oregon promotes awareness of breast cancer

The Oregon Public Health Genetics program has received a grant to educate members of the Jewish community about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and their potential for increased risk of developing those cancers. “This program worked on education materials, contracted with a geneticist from OHSU (Oregon Health & Science University) to create a presentation and training targeted…