By Deirdre Tynan • 28 September 2021 • 16:38
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Researchers suggest that advances in breast cancer prevention research have resulted in new and innovative opportunities to modify breast cancer risk and potentially reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality.
“It is prudent for health care providers to be knowledgeable about the benefits of assessing individual breast cancer risk, and counsel and implement risk-reducing strategies with their patients,” says Sandhya Pruthi, a Mayo Clinic internist.
Dr. Pruthi says evidence-based, risk-reducing strategies include lifestyle modification, preventive anti-estrogen medications, surveillance breast imaging and genetic testing. Women at high risk of harbouring a hereditary breast cancer mutation should consider prophylactic surgery to reduce risk.
“Physicians should be recommending individualized risk assessments for their patients and counselling them on interventions that range from lifestyle modifications to the use of preventive (anti-estrogen) medications or conjugated equine estrogen,” says Dr. Pruthi.
She says these strategies may be beneficial in reducing hormone-sensitive breast cancer tumours that have a good prognosis, and they also may be beneficial in preventing tumours that are not hormone-sensitive and have a poor prognosis.
“For many years, breast cancer prevention research has primarily focused on the use of anti-estrogen medications to reduce the incidence of favourable, hormone-sensitive breast cancers, but it is critical that we re-examine and implement other risk-reducing strategies to prevent unfavourable breast cancers, known as triple-negative tumours,” says Dr. Pruthi.
She encourages women and their health care providers to consider a comprehensive approach to breast cancer prevention that includes risk assessment; awareness of modifiable lifestyle factors, including low-fat dietary interventions; and use of medications that reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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