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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. PSA Test May Help Check for Breast Cancer

    July 14, 2011 -- The blood test widely used to detect prostate cancer may prove to be a useful diagnostic tool for breast cancer, a study shows. Researchers in Taiwan, using a technique they developed, say they were able to detect prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood of women with breast can

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  9. FDA Panel Opposes Avastin for Breast Cancer

    June 29, 2011 -- An FDA panel has recommended that the drug Avastin no longer be sold as a treatment for breast cancer. The unanimous recommendation came after experts concluded that Avastin offers breast cancer patients no substantial benefits but at the same time carries substantial risks. The pan

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  10. FDA Mulls Fate of Avastin as Breast Cancer Drug

    June 28, 2011 -- An unusual and closely watched hearing on the fate of Avastin as a treatment for advanced breast cancer got off to an emotional start on Tuesday, with federal advisors listening to testimony from patients, doctors, and advocacy groups. Many urged the FDA to reconsider its decision t

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