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  1. Should You Be Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?

    Most of the more than 232,000 cases of breast cancer that will be diagnosed in the United States this year are not due to a faulty gene passed down through families. As with most other cancers, they happen because of genetic mutations that happen as we age. But about 15% of women with breast cancer

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  2. Stay Safe in the Sun After Skin Cancer

    If you've had skin cancer, you don't need to stay indoors and read a book while everyone else is out riding a bike or at a ball game. You do need to be extra careful in the sun, though.  "We want to encourage a healthy lifestyle," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbor-UCLA

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  3. Skin Cancer in People of Color

    As a person of color, you might question whether skin cancer ought to be one of your top health concerns. If you're African-American, you may not even think you can get  skin cancer. But you’d be surprised. "Anyone can get skin cancer," says Lisa Chipps, MD, director of dermatologic surgery at Harbo

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  4. Living Well With Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Not long ago, the main goal of treating metastatic breast cancer -- meaning the disease has spread well beyond the breast -- was to keep a woman comfortable. But a lot has changed in the past decade. Now treatment can help many women live longer, better, and disease-free for periods of time. Pamela

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  5. Feeling Sick With CML: Coping With Later Phases

    When you’re in the advanced stages of CML, you may feel sick and have a wide range of symptoms -- or none at all. Here’s what’s going on inside your body and how to feel as good as possible. You might feel ill, but not necessarily. Some people with advanced CML have fever, less appetite, or weight l

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  6. Remission During Chronic-Phase CML

    New medicines have greatly boosted quality of life for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). The goal of treatment is remission. How do you know if you’re there? As your blood test results improve with medications for CML, your doctor will talk to you about the different types of responses

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  7. 10 Cancer Symptoms Women Shouldn't Ignore

    When Caryl Engstrom, 49, found a lump in her right breast, she knew something was wrong. Despite a normal mammogram 2 months earlier and recent breast exams by her internist and gynecologist, who found nothing amiss, Engstrom knew she needed to call her doctor right away. "I just had a gut feeling.

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  8. Breast Lumps: 8 Myths and Facts

    When you feel a lump in your breast, it's understandable to be concerned. But don't jump to conclusions.   Instead, take action. Call your doctor to find out what it is.  Also, make sure you haven't fallen for any of these 8 myths about breast lumps. Most breast lumps women feel -- 8 out of 10 -- ar

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  9. Preventive Double Mastectomy: FAQ

    Preventive double mastectomy is surgery to remove both breasts as a way to try to prevent breast cancer.   If you're considering it, you need answers to the following questions.   Some of the most common reasons are: Cancer in the family: Did your mother, sister, or daughter have breast cancer, espe

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  10. 10 Mammogram Myths and Facts

    You may have a million excuses not to get that annual mammogram, but your reasons may not be as good as you think. Don't blow off your appointment before you get the facts behind these myths and defenses. It's true that if breast cancer runs in your family, you're more likely to get it, especially i

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