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  1. Estrogen After Hysterectomy Lowers Cancer Risk?

    March 6, 2012 -- There’s good news for women with hysterectomies who are considering taking the hormone estrogen to ease hot flashes and other menopausal complaints. New results from a long-running government study of the effect of hormones on women’s health show that estrogen-only hormone replaceme

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  2. New Guidelines to Help Breast Cancer Survivors

    Feb. 22, 2012 -- When women find out they have breast cancer, many leave their ob-gyn and go to a cancer specialist. After treatment, they return to their ob-gyn. Although their cancer is gone, cancer-related health issues remain. Concerns about fertility, birth control, menopause, and bone health a

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  3. New Mammogram Benefits for Women in Their 40s

    Feb. 22, 2012 -- When women in their 40s get breast cancer, their tumors need less intense treatment and recur less often if they were first detected during routine mammogram screening. The finding comes from a careful study of nearly 2,000 women diagnosed with first-time breast cancer at age 40 to

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  4. 1 in 4 Partial Mastectomy Patients Have Second Surgery

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- Close to 1 in 4 breast cancer patients who have partial mastectomies undergo a second surgery to remove suspicious tissue, but there is little agreement about when the second surgery is needed. Researchers found huge variations from institution to institution and from surgeon to sur

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  5. Avastin May Help Fight Early Breast Cancer

    Jan. 25, 2012 -- Don’t count out the drug Avastin as a breast cancer treatment just yet. But don’t count it in, either. In November, the FDA took the unusual step of nixing Avastin’s approval for advanced breast cancer, saying that the serious risks of using the drug outweighed its small benefits fo

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  6. Are Fears That Deodorant Causes Breast Cancer Unfounded?

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Have you ever gotten one of those scary chain emails telling you that your deodorant may cause breast cancer? If so, you are not alone. These show up in many people's in-boxes from time to time. It has to do with certain underarm products that contain preservatives called parabens.

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  7. Girl's Guide to Preventing, Avoiding, Treating, and Even Beating Cancer

    By Ashley Ross and Sophie Banay Moura Cancer: The word alone can paralyze us. Instead of protecting ourselves, we resort to magical thinking—it won't happen to me. That's a mistake. Rates of the top five cancers in women 20 to 39—in order, they are breast, thyroid, melanoma, cervical, and colorectal

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  8. Bone Drug May Extend Lives of Young Women With Breast Cancer

    Dec. 9, 2011 (San Antonio) -- A drug given to protect bones during breast cancer treatment extended the lives of young women with the disease, researchers report. In a study of more than 1,800 premenopausal women, those given the bone-strengthening drug Zometa along with their cancer drugs were 37%

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  9. Carriers of Breast Cancer Gene at Risk of Second Cancer

    Dec. 9, 2011 (San Antonio) -- Women who have been successfully treated for cancer in one breast and who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer gene are at increased risk for developing cancer in their other breast. Women who received their first diagnosis when they were 40 or younger and women with so-call

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  10. Many Women Don't Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

    Dec. 8, 2011 (San Antonio) -- Despite the psychological and cosmetic benefits, fewer than 1 in 4 women with insurance have breast reconstruction immediately after having a mastectomy to treat their breast cancer. Women who are on Medicare or Medicaid, who are older, who are black, and who are treate

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