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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Bone Drug Fails in Breast Cancer Study

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- The bone-building drug Zometa does not appear to prevent breast cancer from coming back in most women, researchers report. Adding Zometa to standard therapy, usually chemotherapy, also did not extend lives, according to results of the study of more than 3,000 women. In

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  5. Aromatase Inhibitors May Raise Heart Risks

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Postmenopausal women with early breast cancer who take newer hormone drugs known as aromatase inhibitors are 26% more likely to develop heart disease than those who take the old standby tamoxifen, researchers report. "Treatment with aromatase inhibitors is associated wi

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  6. Weight Lifting May Be OK After Breast Cancer Surgery

    Dec. 8, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Contrary to what’s been thought, a program of weight lifting may not increase the risk for arm swelling caused by lymphedema in breast cancer survivors. This is according to a new study performed by the same researchers who previously found that weight lifting may help

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  7. Half of Insured Women Skip Annual Mammograms

    Dec. 9, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Only about half of women whose insurance pays for mammograms go in for annual breast screenings, researchers report. A review of medical claims from more than 1.5 million women aged 40 and older showed that only 50% had an annual mammogram in the years 2006 to 2009. Amo

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  8. Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer

    Dec. 7, 2010 -- Elizabeth Edwards, 61, died of cancer this morning at her home in North Carolina, according to media reports. Yesterday, media reported that her condition had worsened and that she had posted a message on her Facebook page that included these lines: “I have been sustained throughout

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  9. Silicone Implants Preferred After Mastectomy

    Nov. 8, 2010 -- Despite their troubled history, silicone implants are back and breast cancer patients are increasingly choosing them over saline for breast reconstruction.  Now a new survey finds that women who opt for silicone implants following mastectomy tend to be happier with their reconstructe

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  10. Breast Cancer Recurrence: Younger Women at Higher Risk

    Nov. 4, 2010 (San Diego) -- A study of nearly 600 younger women with a very early stage of breast cancer suggests that women under age 45 are at higher risk of recurrence. Canadian researchers studied women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who were given the standard treatment of breast-conservi

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