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  1. Weight Gain After Breast Cancer May Be Risky

    April 5, 2011 -- Gaining large amounts of weight in the two years after a breast cancer diagnosis may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer recurrence and death, a new study shows. But the study, which is collecting information on more than 18,000 breast cancer survivors in the U.S. and China, al

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  2. New Genetic Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    April 4, 2011 -- New research on the genetic causes of breast cancer could change the way the disease is diagnosed and treated in the not-too-distant future, according to new research. The findings, if validated, may help doctors avoid some of the guesswork involved in matching treatments to tumors.

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  3. Breast Milk May Hold Clues to Breast Cancer Risk

    April 4, 2011 -- Breast milk may someday do more than help babies thrive. It may help determine a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. Preliminary findings from an ongoing study suggest that cells found in breast milk may identify women who might go on to develop breast cancer. The findings we

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  4. Worry About Breast Cancer Return Is Common

    March 28, 2011 -- The odds of survival for a woman treated for early-stage breast cancer are good, but many survivors worry about recurrence and communication difficulties appear to be a major contributor to this concern, a study shows. Nearly half of Hispanic women in the study who spoke little Eng

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  5. Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Raise Risk of Falls

    March 4, 2011 -- Breast cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy may affect the patients’ balance, increasing their risk of falls, a new study shows. Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute studied 59 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors w

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  6. Breast Cancer Drug Eribulin Extends Survival

    March 2, 2011 -- The new breast cancer drug eribulin (Halaven) extends survival two and a half months longer than other therapies for advanced breast cancer, researchers report. ''This will rapidly emerge as the standard tried-and-tested option," researcher Chris Twelves, MD, PhD of St. James Univer

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  7. U.S. Breast Cancer Rates No Longer Declining

    March 1, 2011 -- The decline in U.S. breast cancer rates seen in 2002 and 2003 in white women has not continued, according to a new report that tracks the numbers from 2003 through 2007. ''There was a dramatic decline between 2002 and 2003," says researcher Carol DeSantis, MPH, an epidemiologist wit

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  8. Obesity Boosts Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer

    March 1, 2011 -- Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle appear to increase the risk for an uncommon but aggressive breast cancer that is not fueled by the hormone estrogen, a surprising new study shows. The analysis of data from a health study involving postmenopausal women revealed that the heaviest wom

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  9. Smoking May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

    March 1, 2011 -- A new study shows a significant association between smoking and an increased risk of breast cancer. The study is published in the journal BMJ. Adding to a decade’s worth of research supporting that link, the study shows that both smokers and former smokers are at significant risk of

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  10. Herceptin: Long-Term Benefits for Breast Cancer

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- High-risk breast cancer patients continue to derive benefits from the drug Herceptin even four years after stopping treatment, but questions remain about the biologic therapy’s safety when given with chemotherapy. Newly reported follow-up data from a large international study show t

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