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  1. Breast Cancer Research Needs Focus on Environment

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to prevent breast cancer need to focus more aggressively and coherently on environmental factors. That's the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday by a committee tasked in 2008 by the U.S. Congress to investigate

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  2. Mammogram Every 2 Years May Be OK for Older Women

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- For older women ages 66 to 74, getting a mammogram every two years appears as good as getting one every year, according to a new study. "Your risk of having breast cancer detected at a later stage is no greater if you screen e

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  3. Existing Breast Cancer Drugs May Help More Women

    Dec. 7, 2012 (San Antonio) -- Current screening tests may miss as many as 1 in 50 women with breast cancer who would benefit from treatment with highly effective breast cancer drugs. At issue is HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that was difficult to treat until the FDA

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  4. Fruits, Veggies Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Women now have one more reason to eat their fruits and veggies. A new study suggests that women with higher levels of carotenoids (nutrients found in fruits and vegetables) have a lower risk of breast cancer -- especially cancers that are harder to treat and have a poorer prognosis.

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  5. Longer Tamoxifen Use Helps Breast Cancer Survival

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- Doubling the time that breast cancer patients take tamoxifen cuts the risk that the cancer will come back and further lowers the risk of dying of the disease, a new study shows. The study is expected to change the way doctors prescribe tamoxifen, a drug that blocks the effects of est

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  6. Breast Cancer: Are Yearly Mammograms Worthwhile?

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- Women over age 40 are often urged to get yearly mammograms with the promise that early detection is their best hope for beating breast cancer. But a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that mammograms may not save as many lives as doctors once thought

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  7. Adding 3-D Mammograms May Improve Accuracy

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- Although mammograms remain the gold standard for breast cancer screening, they are not the perfect test. They don’t find up to 30% of cancers, and they often find something that may be suspicious for cancer but really isn’t after additional testing. These are called false-positive r

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  8. African-American Women: Breast Cancer More Deadly?

    Oct. 28, 2012 -- African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research. As to why, there are no clear answers yet, but the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American w

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  9. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Tests Overdone?

    Sept. 12, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Tests often performed to look for cancer spread in women with early-stage breast cancer are generally unnecessary, new research suggests. Analysis of pooled data from eight published studies involving about 1,700 women with breast cancer shows that bone scans, liver

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  10. Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Recovery

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Extra pounds may raise the risk for recurrence among women with the most common kind of breast cancer, a new study shows. Prior studies have found that being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting a number of cancers, including breast cancer. And smaller studies have note

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