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  1. Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy: Q&A

    May 14, 2013 -- Actress and activist Angelina Jolie's recent decision to have a preventive double mastectomy highlights the difficult choices facing women who find out they have a high risk for breast cancer because of their genes. Although relatively rare, mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes rai

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  2. Benign Breast Biopsy: When to Get Follow-Up Mammo?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have a breast biopsy that turns out to be benign are typically told to undergo another imaging test, such as a mammogram, in six to 12 months. Now, a new study suggests that the longer interval might be better. Resea

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  3. Mammo Rates Unchanged Despite Controversial Guidelines

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than three years after controversial new guidelines rejected routine annual mammograms for most women, women in all age groups continue to get yearly screenings, a new survey shows. In fact, mammogram rates actually incr

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  4. Scientists Create Breast Cancer Survival Predictor

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Columbia University scientists have developed a new model to predict breast cancer survival, and they say their work could lead to improved diagnosis and prognosis for all types of cancers. In earlier work, the researchers i

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  5. Drugs Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk for Some, Task Force Finds

    By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- The drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene (Evista) could reduce the risk of breast cancer among women who are at high risk of developing the disease, a new report confirms. Along with the report, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Forc

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  6. Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Adding computer-aided detection to mammograms finds more early, noninvasive cancers and helps detect invasive cancers at earlier stages, according to a large new study. But the jury's still out as to how worthwhile the extra

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  7. Moderate Drinking May Not Affect Breast Cancer Survival: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have survived breast cancer can drink alcohol in moderation, new research indicates. Overall, moderate drinking before or after a diagnosis of breast cancer doesn't seem to have a harmful impact on survival from bre

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  8. Clues to How Exercise May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who are physically active have lower levels of estrogen and its breakdown products in their bodies, according to a new study, perhaps explaining why exercise may reduce breast cancer risk. Researchers have long li

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  9. Breast Cancer Radiation May Affect Heart Later On

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation treatment for breast cancer, given after breast-conserving surgery and sometimes after mastectomy, is known to reduce the risk of the cancer returning and death from the disease. But the therapy comes with its ow

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  10. DNA Test Shows Promise for Breast Cancer Care

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental blood test could help show whether women with advanced breast cancer are responding to treatment, a preliminary study suggests. The test detects abnormal DNA from tumor cells circulating in the blood. And the ne

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