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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. New Genetic Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    April 4, 2011 -- New research on the genetic causes of breast cancer could change the way the disease is diagnosed and treated in the not-too-distant future, according to new research. The findings, if validated, may help doctors avoid some of the guesswork involved in matching treatments to tumors.

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  6. 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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  7. Worry About Breast Cancer Return Is Common

    March 28, 2011 -- The odds of survival for a woman treated for early-stage breast cancer are good, but many survivors worry about recurrence and communication difficulties appear to be a major contributor to this concern, a study shows. Nearly half of Hispanic women in the study who spoke little Eng

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  8. Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer May Raise Risk of Falls

    March 4, 2011 -- Breast cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and hormonal therapy may affect the patients’ balance, increasing their risk of falls, a new study shows. Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute studied 59 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors w

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  9. Breast Cancer Drug Eribulin Extends Survival

    March 2, 2011 -- The new breast cancer drug eribulin (Halaven) extends survival two and a half months longer than other therapies for advanced breast cancer, researchers report. ''This will rapidly emerge as the standard tried-and-tested option," researcher Chris Twelves, MD, PhD of St. James Univer

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  10. Obesity Boosts Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer

    March 1, 2011 -- Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle appear to increase the risk for an uncommon but aggressive breast cancer that is not fueled by the hormone estrogen, a surprising new study shows. The analysis of data from a health study involving postmenopausal women revealed that the heaviest wom

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