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  1. 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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  2. My WebMD: Caring for a Spouse with Cancer

     In April 2002, when the doctor told us my wife, Chris, had breast cancer, the first two words out of my mouth were "Oh" and a four-letter word. I felt shock and disbelief -- that this kind of thing happens to other people, not to us. I had no idea how I would handle this -- do all the caregiving, p

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  3. Less Toxic Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancers?

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- For women with certain kinds of aggressive breast tumors, treatment has often come with a significant trade-off: The drugs that kill their cancer can sometimes permanently damage the heart. "Those are patients, many of whom are going to be cured of their breast cancer, but now they'v

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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