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  1. Many Women Don't Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

    Dec. 8, 2011 (San Antonio) -- Despite the psychological and cosmetic benefits, fewer than 1 in 4 women with insurance have breast reconstruction immediately after having a mastectomy to treat their breast cancer. Women who are on Medicare or Medicaid, who are older, who are black, and who are treate

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  2. Steps Women Can Take to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by not taking combination estrogen/progestin hormone therapy, not smoking, minimizing their exposure to radiation during CT scans and the like, avoiding weight gain after menopause, cutting back on alcohol, and staying active, a new report

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  3. Test May Help Guide Treatment of Early Breast Tumors

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- A test that categorizes very early breast cancers by their genetic fingerprint can tell a woman the likelihood that cancer may come back if she does not have radiation, researchers say. More than 45,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with this early form of breast cancer, called duc

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  4. New Treatments Target Advanced Breast Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2011 (San Antonio) -- Women with advanced breast cancer may soon have two new treatment options. Among women whose breast cancer continued to spread (metastasize) after treatment, adding the cancer drug Afinitor to a hormone drug called Aromasin more than doubled the time before the disease

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  5. Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths in Half

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- Despite the controversies over mammograms, the bottom line is they still save lives in women aged 50 to 75. A new Dutch study shows the scan reduced the risk of death from breast cancer in this age group by almost half. Women between 50 and 75 years old who had at least three mammogr

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  6. Study Adds Support to Mammograms Starting at Age 40

    Nov. 29, 2011 (Chicago) -- In the latest findings to fuel the debate on when to start getting mammograms, new research adds support to those suggesting that annual breast X-rays should begin at age 40. Screening younger women has been controversial, with 2009 guidelines from a U.S. federal task forc

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  7. FDA Rejects Avastin for Breast Cancer

    Nov. 18, 2011 -- The FDA has revoked its approval of Avastin for the treatment of breast cancer. The ruling followed the unanimous advice of a June 2011 advisory panel, which found that the cancer drug carries major risks but few benefits for women with late-stage breast cancer. Genentech, which mak

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  8. Avastin Nixed for Breast Cancer Treatment

    The FDA has ruled that the cancer drug Avastin is no longer approved for treating advanced breast cancer -- but can still be used for other cancers. In a news release, the FDA stated that Avastin "has not been shown to be safe and effective" for treating breast cancer, but that Avastin would stay on

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  9. Is Chemo the Cause of Mental Fog After Breast Cancer?

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- The mental fog many breast cancer survivors complain of after treatment may be due to changes in their brains, whether or not they had chemotherapy, a study suggests.   New research shows that even breast cancer survivors who have not received chemotherapy might experience the menta

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  10. Breast Reconstruction May Quickly Improve Quality of Life

    Nov. 11, 2011 -- Women who underwent breast reconstruction after a mastectomy using their own abdominal tissue felt better about themselves as early as three weeks later, according to a new study. "The really exciting thing about this particular study is the idea that we can show the impact of breas

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