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  1. Faulty Mammograms Cause High Anxiety

    Jan. 19, 2011 -- Screening for breast cancer saves many lives, but often it also causes  anxiety for women whose mammograms are false-positive, requiring additional testing, a new study says. Doctors say because many mammograms produce false-positive results -- meaning they are abnormal but no cance

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  2. Breast-Conserving Therapy Better Than Mastectomy?

    Dec. 17, 2010 (San Antonio) -- In a surprising finding, a large study suggests that women with early breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving therapy live longer than those who have a mastectomy. Still, both treatments work well, with about 93% of 62,770 women who had lumpectomy followed by radia

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  3. FDA Moves to Pull Avastin Breast Cancer Approval

    Dec. 16, 2010 - The FDA today moved to withdraw its approval of Avastin for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Avastin maker Genentech (owned by Roche) will ask the FDA to reconsider at a formal public hearing. Until then -- or until FDA rejects the hearing request -- Avastin will continue t

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  4. Multivitamins May Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women with breast cancer who take multivitamins with minerals appear to face lower odds of having their cancer come back or dying. "Multivitamins appears to especially benefit women undergoing radiation treatment," says researcher Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, of Columbia

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  5. Low Vitamin D Levels Common in Breast Cancer

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- More than half of women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, British researchers report. "Women with breast cancer should be tested for vitamin D levels and offered supplements, if necessary," says researcher Sonia Li, MD, of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in

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  6. Aspirin May Protect Against Breast Cancer

    Dec. 14, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Taking aspirin may reduce breast cancer risk, Scottish researchers report. Their study of 116,181 women suggests that those aged 51 to 70 gain the greatest benefit, says Boikanyo Makubate, PhD, of the University of Dundee. U.S. doctors caution that it's too soon to rec

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  7. Men With Breast Cancer Face Worse Prognosis

    Dec. 13, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Men who are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely than female patients to die in the next 15 years, researchers report. "This may be due to a difference in tumor characteristics and treatment," says study leader Hui Miao, a PhD candidate at the National Universi

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  8. False-Positive Mammograms Linked to Breast Cancer

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women who have false-positive results on a mammogram are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to findings of a large Danish study. Researchers caution that women should not be afraid and skip mammograms, as the actual risk to any given woman is stil

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  9. Drug Combo Wipes Out Tumor Cells

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Giving a combination of the targeted drugs Herceptin and Tykerb before breast cancer surgery wipes out  tumor cells in about twice as many women as either drug alone. Both drugs target a protein called HER2 that is overproduced in about 25% of breast cancers. Herceptin

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  10. Wandering Tumor Cells Predict Poor Outcome

    Dec. 10, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Women with metastatic breast cancer who have no tumor cells circulating in their blood after the first round of treatment live longer than those who do, French researchers report. Circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, are cells that break off from a tumor and escape into t

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