October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of that, we are highlighting some of the latest breakthroughs in the cancer research all thanks to the many donations made throughout the world. Breast cancer is important because it affects so many and scientists are constantly doing research to cure this disease.
Researching habits and genes
The studies focus on figuring out what habits and lifestyle choices affect the onset of breast cancer in addition to the gene related causes. Studies are examining factors such as weight, diet, and exercise in relation to how they influence breast cancer. Furthermore, explorations of gene variations are examined to figure out if there are certain people who are more likely to get the disease.
Reducing the effectiveness of breast cancer
A number of solutions are already being looked at to reduce the severity of breast cancer, which includes hormone therapy. Tamoxifen and raloxifene are two drugs that have already been approved to help reduce the severity of breast cancer, but there is still unease about any side effects. Some studies have examined dietary supplements such as vitamins B6 and B12, omega 3 fatty acids, folate, and grapeseed extract to help once someone has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Other latest developments
Molecular breast imaging, or otherwise known as Scintimammography, involves the injection of a tracer drug that’s slightly radioactive and a special camera is used for detection. It’s a technique that can potentially help locate breast cancer early on. However, for those who have already been diagnosed, Oncoplastic surgery is a procedure that’s available while the cancer is still in its early stages. However, the side effects of the surgery are that the sizes and/or the shape of the breast may be altered.
It is great seeing how donations are furthering the treatment for breast cancer. See how All Year Cooling is giving back by “going pink” and donating a portion of every AC installation to Breast Cancer Awareness here.