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  1. Many Breast Cancer Patients Skip Radiation

    June 27, 2011 -- Nearly half of older women with high-risk advanced breast cancer in the U.S. do not get recommended radiation therapy after their mastectomy, a study shows. The women are skipping radiation therapy despite guidelines from four organizations that recommend the treatment for this type

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  2. How Much Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

    June 24, 2011 -- Women who are struggling to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, or turn down a nightly glass of wine just got a bit of breathing room, at least as far as breast cancer is concerned. A new study shows that these modifiable risk factors, even when taken together, account fo

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  3. Drug May Be New Option to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

    June 6, 2011 -- Women over age 60 can safely take an estrogen-lowering drug to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer, a new study shows. The drug, Aromasin, blocks the production of estrogen that's made outside of the ovaries. It's approved by the FDA to reduce the risk of recurrence in certain

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  4. Bone Drug May Prevent Return of Breast Cancer

    June 3, 2011 -- A drug that battles bone loss may have added benefits for women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancers, significantly reducing the chance that their cancer will return or spread, a new study shows. What's more, researchers say, the lowered risk of recurrence seems to last years after

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  5. Does Coffee Cut Breast Cancer Risk?

    May 10, 2011 -- Women who drink more than five cups of coffee a day may be reducing their risk of one type of breast cancer, new research suggests. Previous research has produced conflicting results about coffee and breast cancer risk, says researcher Jingmei Li, PhD, of the Karolinska Institutet in

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  6. Researchers Question Mammogram Guidelines

    May 2, 2011 -- The recent guidelines issued by a government task force that do not recommend routine annual mammograms in women 40-49 may be having a negative impact, according to new research. If screening mammograms are not done routinely in women in this age group, says researcher Lara Hardesty,

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  7. Low Vitamin D Linked to Aggressive Breast Cancer

    April 29, 2011 -- Women with low vitamin D levels may have an increased risk for the most aggressive breast cancers, new research suggests. Several earlier studies have suggested a link between low vitamin D levels and breast cancer risk. But the new study is among the first to examine vitamin D ins

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  8. Weight Gain After Breast Cancer May Be Risky

    April 5, 2011 -- Gaining large amounts of weight in the two years after a breast cancer diagnosis may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer recurrence and death, a new study shows. But the study, which is collecting information on more than 18,000 breast cancer survivors in the U.S. and China, al

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  9. Is Soy Safe to Eat After Breast Cancer?

    April 5, 2011 -- For years, breast cancer survivors were often counseled to avoid soy foods and supplements because of estrogen-like effects that might theoretically cause breast tumors to grow. Now, a new study of more than 18,312 women shows that eating soy foods did not increase risk of breast ca

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  10. Breast Milk May Hold Clues to Breast Cancer Risk

    April 4, 2011 -- Breast milk may someday do more than help babies thrive. It may help determine a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. Preliminary findings from an ongoing study suggest that cells found in breast milk may identify women who might go on to develop breast cancer. The findings we

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