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  1. Sex Complaints Common After Breast Cancer

    Sept. 23, 2010 -- Loss of libido and difficulty having sex are common complaints among breast cancer survivors, new research confirms. More than two-thirds of surveyed survivors reported that they were still having sexual function problems two years after diagnosis. Most described their sex lives as

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  2. Mammograms Less Effective Than Believed

    Sept. 22, 2010 - Routine mammograms reduce breast cancer deaths by only 10% -- far less than the 15% to 23% estimated for the U.S., a new study shows. The findings call into question one of the cornerstones of U.S. health care: that all women should get regular mammograms once they reach a certain a

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  3. Gene Test, Preventive Surgery Save Women's Lives

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Women who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer genes cut their risk of death, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer by getting preventive surgery. But to reduce their risk, women must make difficult choices: They must decide whether to get tested for the BRCA mutations. If BRCA positive, the

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  4. Longer HRT Use May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Aug. 10, 2010 -- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and breast cancer risk have been long studied, and now a new analysis finds higher risks for normal-weight women and those on combination estrogen/progestin therapy. While many studies have looked at the link, the new research sheds some new light o

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  5. FDA Panel: Avastin Not for Breast Cancer

    July 20, 2010 -- Avastin is not helpful in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer, and the drug's approval for this use should be withdrawn. That's the verdict of an FDA advisory panel, whose 12-1 vote urges the FDA to remove breast cancer from the list of approved uses of the Genentech drug. The

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  6. Cleaning Products Linked to Breast Cancer?

    July 20, 2010 -- Frequent use of household cleaning products may boost breast cancer risk, according to a new study that drew criticism from medical experts and the cleaning industry. Air fresheners and products to control mold and mildew were particularly linked, says researcher Julia Brody, PhD, e

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  7. Fish Oil Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    July 8, 2010 -- Taking fish oil supplements may help reduce breast cancer risk, shows a preliminary study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. In the study of 35,016 older women with no history of breast cancer, those who reported currently taking fish oil supplements on a regular basis

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  8. Breast Cancer Patients Can Be Spared Extra Surgery

    June 9, 2010 (Chicago) -- For many women with early-stage breast cancer, removing more than just the sentinel lymph nodes may be unnecessary -- even if cancer cells are found. Breast cancer patients whose cancer has spread to the sentinel lymph nodes live just as long regardless of whether additiona

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  9. Sea Sponge Drug May Fight Breast Cancer

    June 7, 2010 (Chicago) -- A drug derived from sea sponges extended the lives of breast cancer patients whose cancer had come back --  despite as many as five rounds of chemotherapy --  by an average of two and a half months. In the study of over 750 women, those who took the experimental drug eribul

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  10. 6-Month Chemo Best for Early Breast Cancer

    June 3, 2010 -- A six-month chemotherapy regimen improves overall and disease-free survival among women with early breast cancer and lymph node involvement, when compared with two shorter regimens, a study shows. The study is published in the June 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Sand

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