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  1. 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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  2. FDA Panel Opposes Avastin for Breast Cancer

    June 29, 2011 -- An FDA panel has recommended that the drug Avastin no longer be sold as a treatment for breast cancer. The unanimous recommendation came after experts concluded that Avastin offers breast cancer patients no substantial benefits but at the same time carries substantial risks. The pan

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  3. FDA Mulls Fate of Avastin as Breast Cancer Drug

    June 28, 2011 -- An unusual and closely watched hearing on the fate of Avastin as a treatment for advanced breast cancer got off to an emotional start on Tuesday, with federal advisors listening to testimony from patients, doctors, and advocacy groups. Many urged the FDA to reconsider its decision t

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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