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  1. Does Fertility Treatment Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

    Oct. 18, 2011 -- When E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic made her breast cancer diagnosis public, there was speculation about whether fertility treatment might have been a factor. On NBC's Today show, Rancic, 37, said she got a mammogram when her doctor strongly recommended it before starting another ro

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  2. Annual Mammograms May Have More False-Positives

    Oct. 17, 2011 -- Getting screening mammograms every two years instead of annually reduces the chance of a false alarm, a new study shows. The frequency of screening mammograms -- and the appropriate age to begin them -- has been debated since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009 recommend

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  3. Less Toxic Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancers?

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- For women with certain kinds of aggressive breast tumors, treatment has often come with a significant trade-off: The drugs that kill their cancer can sometimes permanently damage the heart. "Those are patients, many of whom are going to be cured of their breast cancer, but now they'v

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  4. Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline

    Oct. 3, 2011 -- Fewer women are dying from breast cancer, largely because of advances in screening and treatment. Poorer women, however, are seeing a slower and later decline in their risk of dying from breast cancer, in part because they don’t have as much access to these life-saving advances. In 2

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  5. Breast-Conserving Therapy Gets Boost for Younger Women

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Younger women with early breast cancer who have breast-conserving surgery do just as well as those who undergo mastectomy, two new studies suggest. Young age at diagnosis is considered a risk factor for breast cancer recurrence. Also, studies done years ago suggested that younger wo

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  6. Researchers Question Mammogram Guidelines

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- Once again, researchers are questioning the wisdom of guidelines that do not recommend annual mammograms for women aged 40-49 who are at average risk of breast cancer. In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued revised guidelines suggesting women 40-49

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  7. Fat Injections: Safe for Breast Reconstruction After Cancer?

    July 29, 2011 -- Fat injections to contour the breasts after breast cancer surgery, known as lipofilling, appear safe, according to a new study. But the researchers add strong caveats to that conclusion.  "After breast cancer treatment, the patient has to be followed more carefully," says study rese

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  8. Tamoxifen Gives 15-Year Breast Cancer Protection

    July 28, 2011 -- Five years of tamoxifen treatment -- with or without chemotherapy -- cuts a woman's 15-year risk of breast cancer death by about a third. The reassuring finding comes from analysis of long-term data on 21,457 women with breast cancer enrolled in clinical trials of tamoxifen. "Substa

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  9. Mammograms No Better With Computer's Help

    July 27, 2011 -- Commonly used computer-assisted detection (CAD) makes mammograms more costly -- but not better at finding cancers, a large-scale study finds. CAD is now used to help interpret three-fourths of mammograms in the U.S. It adds 9% to 15% to the cost of a mammogram. Despite the extra cos

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  10. PSA Test May Help Check for Breast Cancer

    July 14, 2011 -- The blood test widely used to detect prostate cancer may prove to be a useful diagnostic tool for breast cancer, a study shows. Researchers in Taiwan, using a technique they developed, say they were able to detect prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood of women with breast can

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