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  1. Adding 3-D Mammograms May Improve Accuracy

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- Although mammograms remain the gold standard for breast cancer screening, they are not the perfect test. They don’t find up to 30% of cancers, and they often find something that may be suspicious for cancer but really isn’t after additional testing. These are called false-positive r

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  2. African-American Women: Breast Cancer More Deadly?

    Oct. 28, 2012 -- African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research. As to why, there are no clear answers yet, but the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American w

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  3. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Tests Overdone?

    Sept. 12, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Tests often performed to look for cancer spread in women with early-stage breast cancer are generally unnecessary, new research suggests. Analysis of pooled data from eight published studies involving about 1,700 women with breast cancer shows that bone scans, liver

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  4. Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Recovery

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Extra pounds may raise the risk for recurrence among women with the most common kind of breast cancer, a new study shows. Prior studies have found that being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting a number of cancers, including breast cancer. And smaller studies have note

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  5. Breast Cancer Radiation for Older Women?

    Aug. 13, 2012 -- Radiation may benefit some older women after lumpectomy for early breast cancer s, contrary to national treatment guidelines. That finding comes from a new study of nearly 7,500 older women with early stage, estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.  The study shows that women who got radia

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  6. Anti-Estrogen Combo Better for Late Breast Cancer

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- Older women with the most common type of metastatic breast cancer may soon have a new treatment option that may improve their survival. A new study shows that postmenopausal women with advanced disease treated with a combination of two anti-estrogen therapies lived longer than women

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  7. Big Babies May Boost Mom's Breast Cancer Risk

    July 17, 2012 -- Women who deliver big babies may have a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the future, a new study suggests. Women who gave birth to babies weighing 8.25 pounds or more were 2.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer later in life, when compared to women who gave birth

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  8. FDA OKs Perjeta for Late-Stage Breast Cancer

    June 12, 2012 -- The FDA on Monday approved a new drug for the treatment of a type of late-stage breast cancer. The drug helped stop cancer growth for about six months longer than existing medications. Pertuzumab, to be marketed under the name Perjeta, targets the HER2 protein, which is found in gre

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  9. Test May Predict Spread of Early Breast Cancer

    June 5, 2012 -- A new study shows that some breast cancers try to spread much earlier than doctors once believed, and a blood test may one day be the way to find out. The study, of 302 patients with early-stage breast cancer, found that about 1 in 4 patients whose tumors had not yet apparently sprea

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  10. 'Magic Bullet' Drug Delays Breast Cancer Worsening

    June 4, 2012 (Chicago) -- A new targeted cancer drug delayed the worsening of metastatic breast cancer, possibly with fewer side effects than traditional treatments, according to results of a late-stage study. Called T-DM1, the new drug combines Herceptin with a potent chemotherapy drug. It's been c

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