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  1. 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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  2. Study: Vaccine for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Has Potential

    Nov. 8, 2011 -- A vaccine for breast and ovarian cancer that has spread to other parts of the body shows promise, according to a preliminary study of 26 patients. One woman who got the investigational vaccine now has no X-ray evidence of cancer, says study researcher James Gulley, MD, PhD. "In Janua

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  3. 5 Things Young Women Must Know About Breast Cancer

    Just a few months before learning that she had breast cancer, Christina Applegate got a shocking insight into the struggles faced by other young women also at high risk for the disease -- and who don’t have the resources of a Hollywood celebrity. Because her mother had battled breast cancer and ovar

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  4. Breast Cancer: Sex and Intimacy

    Having a serious illness almost always takes some kind of toll on your sex life. But breast cancer can bring all thoughts of intimacy and sexuality to a screeching halt. Treatments can bring on temporary -- and sometimes permanent -- premature menopause, making intercourse painful. Chemotherapy and

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  5. Light Drinking Over Time May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Nov. 1, 2011 -- Some studies have linked drinking alcohol to an increased risk for breast cancer, and now new research suggests that even moderate to light alcohol intake may raise a woman’s risk. Consistently drinking as little as three alcoholic beverages a week was associated with a small -- 15%

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  6. More Women With Breast Cancer Get Nipple-Sparing Surgery

    Oct. 27, 2011 -- More women facing mastectomies are opting for surgeries that remove the breast tissue but not the skin, nipple, and areola. Concerns that a procedure called nipple-sparing mastectomy could raise the risk of a return of cancer have kept the surgery from being widely adopted in the pa

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  7. Breast Cancer Survival: Femara Better Than Tamoxifen

    Oct. 21, 2011 -- Older women with early breast cancers are more likely to live longer and less likely to have the cancer come back when they take the drug Femara (letrozole) instead of tamoxifen, a long-term follow-up study shows. At an average follow-up of more than eight years, postmenopausal wome

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  8. Radiation Plus Surgery Cuts Risk of Breast Cancer Return

    Oct. 20, 2011 -- Women with early breast cancer often consider breast-conserving surgery in which a doctor removes the tumor but spares the rest of the breast. But they may worry that their cancer is more likely to come back if they don't remove the entire breast. New research shows that adding radi

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  9. Does Fertility Treatment Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- When E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic made her breast cancer diagnosis public, there was speculation about whether fertility treatment might have been a factor. On NBC's Today show, Rancic, 37, said she got a mammogram when her doctor strongly recommended it before starting another ro

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  10. Annual Mammograms May Have More False-Positives

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Getting screening mammograms every two years instead of annually reduces the chance of a false alarm, a new study shows. The frequency of screening mammograms -- and the appropriate age to begin them -- has been debated since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009 recommend

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