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  1. Multivitamins May Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women with breast cancer who take multivitamins with minerals appear to face lower odds of having their cancer come back or dying. "Multivitamins appears to especially benefit women undergoing radiation treatment," says researcher Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, of Columbia

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  2. Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- More than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, British researchers report. "Women with breast cancer should be tested for vitamin D levels and offered supplements, if necessary," says researcher Sonia Li, MD, of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in

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  3. Aspirin May Protect Against Breast Cancer

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Taking aspirin may reduce breast cancer risk, Scottish researchers report. Their study of 116,181 women suggests that those aged 51 to 70 gain the greatest benefit, says Boikanyo Makubate, PhD, of the University of Dundee. U.S. doctors caution that it's too soon to rec

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  4. Men With Breast Cancer Face Worse Prognosis

    Dec. 13, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Men who are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely than female patients to die in the next 15 years, researchers report. "This may be due to a difference in tumor characteristics and treatment," says study leader Hui Miao, a PhD candidate at the National Universi

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  5. Wandering Tumor Cells Predict Poor Outcome

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women with metastatic breast cancer who have no tumor cells circulating in their blood after the first round of treatment live longer than those who do, French researchers report. Circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, are cells that break off from a tumor and escape into t

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  6. Drug Combo Wipes Out Tumor Cells

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Giving a combination of the targeted drugs Herceptin and Tykerb before breast cancer surgery wipes out  tumor cells in about twice as many women as either drug alone. Both drugs target a protein called HER2 that is overproduced in about 25% of breast cancers. Herceptin

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  7. False-Positive Mammograms Linked to Breast Cancer

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women who have false-positive results on a mammogram are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to findings of a large Danish study. Researchers caution that women should not be afraid and skip mammograms, as the actual risk to any given woman is stil

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  8. Bone Drug Fails in Breast Cancer Study

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- The bone-building drug Zometa does not appear to prevent breast cancer from coming back in most women, researchers report. Adding Zometa to standard therapy, usually chemotherapy, also did not extend lives, according to results of the study of more than 3,000 women. In

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  9. Aromatase Inhibitors May Raise Heart Risks

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer who take newer hormone drugs known as aromatase inhibitors are 26% more likely to develop heart disease than those who take the old standby tamoxifen, researchers report. "Treatment with aromatase inhibitors is associated wi

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  10. Half of Insured Women Skip Annual Mammograms

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Only about half of women whose insurance pays for mammograms go in for annual breast screenings, researchers report. A review of medical claims from more than 1.5 million women aged 40 and older showed that only 50% had an annual mammogram in the years 2006 to 2009. Amo

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