Researchers Find Link Between Breast Cancer and Bacteria

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Many women with early-stage breast cancer have full-time jobs when they're diagnosed, and they are more likely to miss at least a month of work when they receive aggressive treatment that includes surgery, a US study suggests. "That's the difference between mastectomy, lumpectomy, the difference between chemotherapy or no chemotherapy. If you do have cancer, the sooner it's found, the more likely it is to be successfully treated".

The Pink Ribbon Appeal is the major fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, and collectors will be in full force on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14.

In addition to the Methylobacterium finding, the study, which was published online in Oncotarge, discovered that cancer patients' urine samples had increased levels of other bacteria, including Staphylococcus and Actinomyces, although it is unclear if they have a role in breast cancer.

"It worries many women I think", said Missoula resident Camill Severti.

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The United States Preventive Task Force Services recommends women ages 50 to 74 years who are at average risk for breast cancer be screened with a mammogram every two years.

The feeling of not being able to work and isolation can be devastating for most patients and survivors, re-entering employment is crucial to returning back to normality and getting their life back.

Becky Measures, who had a mastectomy at Manchester's Wythenshawe Hospital, said: 'When they find that they have the BRCA1/2 gene many women fear that they have to take action immediately. It is the time to inform people about it and to educate them and tell them about its effects, prevention and treatment methods.

"Women should start by figuring out what treatment has the best chance of curing their cancer", Hassett, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. "This drastically affects the survival rate and treatment options for the patients".

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