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  1. Drug May Be New Option to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

    June 6, 2011 -- Women over age 60 can safely take an estrogen-lowering drug to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer, a new study shows. The drug, Aromasin, blocks the production of estrogen that's made outside of the ovaries. It's approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of recurrence in certain

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  2. Bone Drug May Prevent Return of Breast Cancer

    June 3, 2011 -- A drug that battles bone loss may have added benefits for women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancers, significantly reducing the chance that their cancer will return or spread, a new study shows. What's more, researchers say, the lowered risk of recurrence seems to last years after

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  3. Does Coffee Cut Breast Cancer Risk?

    May 10, 2011 -- Women who drink more than five cups of coffee a day may be reducing their risk of one type of breast cancer, new research suggests. Previous research has produced conflicting results about coffee and breast cancer risk, says researcher Jingmei Li, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in

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  4. Researchers Question Mammogram Guidelines

    May 2, 2011 -- The recent guidelines issued by a government task force that do not recommend routine annual mammograms in women 40-49 may be having a negative impact, according to new research. If screening mammograms are not done routinely in women in this age group, says researcher Lara Hardesty,

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  5. Low Vitamin D Linked to Aggressive Breast Cancer

    April 29, 2011 -- Women with low vitamin D levels may have an increased risk for the most aggressive breast cancers, new research suggests. Several earlier studies have suggested a link between low vitamin D levels and breast cancer risk. But the new study is among the first to examine vitamin D ins

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  6. Is Soy Safe to Eat After Breast Cancer?

    April 5, 2011 -- For years, breast cancer survivors were often counseled to avoid soy foods and supplements because of estrogen-like effects that might theoretically cause breast tumors to grow. Now, a new study of more than 18,312 women shows that eating soy foods did not increase risk of breast ca

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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