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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Treatments Target Advanced Breast Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2011 (San Antonio) -- Women with advanced breast cancer may soon have two new treatment options. Among women whose breast cancer continued to spread (metastasize) after treatment, adding the cancer drug Afinitor to a hormone drug called Aromasin more than doubled the time before the disease

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  8. Steps Women Can Take to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by not taking combination estrogen/progestin hormone therapy, not smoking, minimizing their exposure to radiation during CT scans and the like, avoiding weight gain after menopause, cutting back on alcohol, and staying active, a new report

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  9. Test May Help Guide Treatment of Early Breast Tumors

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- A test that categorizes very early breast cancers by their genetic fingerprint can tell a woman the likelihood that cancer may come back if she does not have radiation, researchers say. More than 45,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with this early form of breast cancer, called duc

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  10. Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths in Half

    Dec. 6, 2011 -- Despite the controversies over mammograms, the bottom line is they still save lives in women aged 50 to 75. A new Dutch study shows the scan reduced the risk of death from breast cancer in this age group by almost half. Women between 50 and 75 years old who had at least three mammogr

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