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  1. Patty Jenkins' ‘Pearl’ Spotlights the Personal Side of Breast Cancer

    Director Patty Jenkins connected naturally to her new short film, Pearl, one of five intertwined vignettes in the Lifetime Original Movies anthology, Five. The film quintet premieres Oct. 10 as part of Lifetime TV's "Stop Breast Cancer for Life" initiative (www.mylifetime.com/my-lifetime-commitment/

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  2. Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Fewer women are dying from breast cancer, largely because of advances in screening and treatment. Poorer women, however, are seeing a slower and later decline in their risk of dying from breast cancer, in part because they don’t have as much access to these life-saving advances. In 2

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  3. I'm Too Young to Get Breast Cancer!

    By Amy Engeler On September 2 of last year, Tomomi Arikawa left her office door open as she slipped out to her two o'clock sonogram appointment. She expected to return shortly — the imaging center was just across town from her office at ABC News, where she was a story editor for 20/20. At her gyneco

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  4. When to Get a Screening Mammogram

    Every year? Every other year? Not until you're 50? Once you turn 40? Will the real mammography screening recommendation please stand up? If you're a woman approaching the age of 40, you've likely been told to prepare for your first screening mammogram around the time of your big birthday and then to

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  5. Suspicious Mammogram Result: Now What?

    You get your routine annual mammogram and, soon after, you receive a call or letter from your doctor’s office. You’re told that a potential abnormality was found on your mammogram and you need to make an appointment for further testing. Although it’s unnerving to get this news, experts say you shoul

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  6. Breast-Conserving Therapy Gets Boost for Younger Women

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Younger women with early breast cancer who have breast-conserving surgery do just as well as those who undergo mastectomy, two new studies suggest. Young age at diagnosis is considered a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence. Also, studies done years ago suggested that younger wo

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  7. Researchers Question Mammogram Guidelines

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Once again, researchers are questioning the wisdom of guidelines that do not recommend annual mammograms for women aged 40-49 who are at average risk of breast cancer. In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued revised guidelines suggesting women 40-49

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  8. Fat Injections: Safe for Breast Reconstruction After Cancer?

    July 29, 2011 -- Fat injections to contour the breasts after breast cancer surgery, known as lipofilling, appear safe, according to a new study. But the researchers add strong caveats to that conclusion.  "After breast cancer treatment, the patient has to be followed more carefully," says study rese

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  9. Tamoxifen Gives 15-Year Breast Cancer Protection

    July 28, 2011 -- Five years of tamoxifen treatment -- with or without chemotherapy -- cuts a woman's 15-year risk of breast cancer death by about a third. The reassuring finding comes from analysis of long-term data on 21,457 women with breast cancer enrolled in clinical trials of tamoxifen. "Substa

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  10. Mammograms No Better With Computer's Help

    July 27, 2011 -- Commonly used computer-assisted detection (CAD) makes mammograms more costly -- but not better at finding cancers, a large-scale study finds. CAD is now used to help interpret three-fourths of mammograms in the U.S. It adds 9% to 15% to the cost of a mammogram. Despite the extra cos

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