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MONDAY DECEMBER 15 2008

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China holds anti-terror

 

Study: Breast changes tell whether treatment works

drill after Mumbai

 

WASHINGTON: It may be possible to predict which breast cancer patients will be helped by tamoxifen based on changes in so-called

He said about 10% of women have dense breasts. Such breasts are harder to read on mammograms but there is evidence the tissue

“Women who lost 10% or more in breast density -- 40% of the women getting tamoxifen -- had a 63%, almost a two-thirds,

BEIJING: Armed police in Beijing conducted an anti-terror drill at a local hotel on Saturday to boost its response capabilities against Mumbai-style militant attacks, state media reported. Gunmen killed 179 people in the Indian fi nancial capital in a series of raids on targets including luxury hotels. Members of the Beijing Special Armed Police Unit (BSAPU), a crack security unit, practised jumping out of a helicopter using ropes above the ground, Xinhua

way in which the gunmen had attacked different sites in different ways including through shooting, kidnapping and a gunfi ght with the police, Xiao said. China and India held an anti-terrorism exercise earlier this week in a show of cooperation between the rival Asian nations. China is a long-time friend of Pakistan, which India has said was a base of the militants who attacked Mumbai. Beijing has nonetheless been keen to be seen to be working with New Delhi in

BEIJING: Armed police in Beijing conducted an anti-terror drill at a local hotel on Saturday to

breast density, researchers reported on Saturday. Women with dense breasts – a term meaning they have more non-fatty tissue – are known to have a higher risk of breast cancer and the study suggests that lowering density using tamoxifen also lowers the chances tumours will come back. Women whose breasts became noticeably less dense after a year or so of taking tamoxifen had a

in their breasts may be more cancer-prone. “Women with dense breasts are typically at four to fi ve times the risk of developing breast cancer than women without dense breasts,” Cuzick told reporters in a telephone briefi ng. Cuzick’s team had conducted one of many studies that showed high- risk women who took tamoxifen were at least 40% less likely to either develop

reduction in all breast cancer,” he told the briefi ng. Cuzick stressed the study only looked at tamoxifen and not at other treatments, such as the newer drugs known as aromatase inhibitors. But he said it validated the idea of using breast density as a way of telling whether a treatment is working, whether tamoxifen or something else. “If a woman doesn’t show breast density dropping within a year or so, you

news agency said on Saturday. “They then shot targets of

the aftermath of the attacks. China says it has its own

Hughes

 

63% reduced risk of breast cancer, the team of British

breast cancer, or to have it come back.

might want to consider other therapy,” Cuzick said.

swaying eggs 15m away within

problems with armed militants

unmoved

researchers told a breast

They went back

In another report, a

1.5 seconds to practise killing terrorists,” the agency said, adding

seeking independence for its restive western regions of Xinjiang

after

cancer meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

and looked at all the mammograms of the more

team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said

that police also broke through

and Tibet.

Cahill

“It is important to fi nd

than 1,000 women who took

they found some clues as

windows to rescue “hostages.”

In October it released a list

downs

a way to predict who will

part in the study.

to why dense breast tissue

“The drill was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks,

of eight Islamic “terrorists”, who it said wanted to make

City

respond to tamoxifen, and changes in breast density

If a woman’s breast density did not change

is more likely to develop tumors.

especially after the Mumbai attack which had defi nite targets and careful planning,” Xinhua quoted Xiao Yong, the head of the unit, as saying. China had noticed the

heavily Muslim Xinjiang into an independent state called East Turkestan, and had tried to bomb targets to disrupt August’s Beijing Olympic Games. – Reuters

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especially after the Mumbai attack which had defi nite targets and careful planning,” Xinhua quoted Xiao

may constitute an early indicator of benefi t,” said Jack Cuzick of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London.

during the treatment, she was much more likely to develop cancer despite taking tamoxifen, Cuzick told the meeting.

Dense breast tissue contains more cells believed to give rise to breast cancer, Dr Karthik Ghosh told the meeting. – Reuters

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