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  1. Expert Q&A: Getting the Best Breast Cancer Treatment

    Each year in the United States, close to 250,000 women learn they have breast cancer. As they deal with their diagnosis, they are also asked to make daunting decisions about how to best fight their disease. New patients facing treatment need to understand their options, and that means learning all t

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  2. Man's Guide to Breast Cancer

    John W. Anderson has stood by his mother, wife, sister, and his mom’s closest friend as they battled breast cancer. His new book, Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men, published in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, details these experience, and all that he learned by being on t

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  3. Soy and Breast Cancer: What's the Link?

    To be safe, Jennifer Mukai all but eliminated soy from her diet after being told she had breast cancer in May 2009. Being of Japanese descent and also health conscious, the Seattle interior designer says she was eating a lot of soy in various forms before her diagnosis. “I drank about three-quarters

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  4. Depression Risk for Partners of Breast Cancer Patients

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Women with breast cancer have an increased risk for depression, and now new research finds the same thing to be true for the men in their lives. The study followed more than a million men enrolled in a nationwide Danish health registry for 13 years. Those with partners diagnosed wi

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  5. Sex Complaints Common After Breast Cancer

    Sept. 23, 2010 -- Loss of libido and difficulty having sex are common complaints among breast cancer survivors, new research confirms. More than two-thirds of surveyed survivors reported that they were still having sexual function problems two years after diagnosis. Most described their sex lives as

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  6. Mammograms Less Effective Than Believed

    Sept. 22, 2010 - Routine mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths by only 10% -- far less than the 15% to 23% estimated for the U.S., a new study shows. The findings call into question one of the cornerstones of U.S. health care: that all women should get regular mammograms once they reach a certain a

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  7. Gene Test, Preventive Surgery Save Women's Lives

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Women who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer genes cut their risk of death, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer by getting preventive surgery. But to reduce their risk, women must make difficult choices: They must decide whether to get tested for the BRCA mutations. If BRCA positive, the

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  8. Longer HRT Use May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Aug. 10, 2010 -- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer risk have been long studied, and now a new analysis finds higher risks for normal-weight women and those on combination estrogen/progestin therapy. While many studies have looked at the link, the new research sheds some new light o

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  9. FDA Panel: Avastin Not for Breast Cancer

    July 20, 2010 -- Avastin is not helpful in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and the drug's approval for this use should be withdrawn. That's the verdict of an FDA advisory panel, whose 12-1 vote urges the FDA to remove breast cancer from the list of approved uses of the Genentech drug. The

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  10. Cleaning Products Linked to Breast Cancer?

    July 20, 2010 -- Frequent use of household cleaning products may boost breast cancer risk, according to a new study that drew criticism from medical experts and the cleaning industry. Air fresheners and products to control mold and mildew were particularly linked, says researcher Julia Brody, PhD, e

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