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  1. Existing Breast Cancer Drugs May Help More Women

    Dec. 7, 2012 (San Antonio) -- Current screening tests may miss as many as 1 in 50 women with breast cancer who would benefit from treatment with highly effective breast cancer drugs. At issue is HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that was difficult to treat until the FDA

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  2. Fruits, Veggies Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Women now have one more reason to eat their fruits and veggies. A new study suggests that women with higher levels of carotenoids (nutrients found in fruits and vegetables) have a lower risk of breast cancer -- especially cancers that are harder to treat and have a poorer prognosis.

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  3. Longer Tamoxifen Use Helps Breast Cancer Survival

    Dec. 5, 2012 -- Doubling the time that breast cancer patients take tamoxifen cuts the risk that the cancer will come back and further lowers the risk of dying of the disease, a new study shows. The study is expected to change the way doctors prescribe tamoxifen, a drug that blocks the effects of est

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  4. Breast Cancer: Are Yearly Mammograms Worthwhile?

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- Women over age 40 are often urged to get yearly mammograms with the promise that early detection is their best hope for beating breast cancer. But a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that mammograms may not save as many lives as doctors once thought

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  5. Adding 3-D Mammograms May Improve Accuracy

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- Although mammograms remain the gold standard for breast cancer screening, they are not the perfect test. They don’t find up to 30% of cancers, and they often find something that may be suspicious for cancer but really isn’t after additional testing. These are called false-positive r

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  6. African-American Women: Breast Cancer More Deadly?

    Oct. 28, 2012 -- African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research. As to why, there are no clear answers yet, but the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American w

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  7. After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Tests Overdone?

    Sept. 12, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Tests often performed to look for cancer spread in women with early-stage breast cancer are generally unnecessary, new research suggests. Analysis of pooled data from eight published studies involving about 1,700 women with breast cancer shows that bone scans, liver

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  8. Obesity May Affect Breast Cancer Recovery

    Aug. 27, 2012 -- Extra pounds may raise the risk for recurrence among women with the most common kind of breast cancer, a new study shows. Prior studies have found that being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting a number of cancers, including breast cancer. And smaller studies have note

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  9. Breast Cancer Radiation for Older Women?

    Aug. 13, 2012 -- Radiation may benefit some older women after lumpectomy for early breast cancer s, contrary to national treatment guidelines. That finding comes from a new study of nearly 7,500 older women with early stage, estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.  The study shows that women who got radia

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  10. Anti-Estrogen Combo Better for Late Breast Cancer

    Aug. 1, 2012 -- Older women with the most common type of metastatic breast cancer may soon have a new treatment option that may improve their survival. A new study shows that postmenopausal women with advanced disease treated with a combination of two anti-estrogen therapies lived longer than women

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