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  1. Are Clinical Trials Right for You?

    If you have advanced breast cancer, you may be thinking about joining a clinical trial. Patients often test new drugs or treatments in these careful studies. Joining a trial can benefit you and the women who come after you. After all, we have today's treatments because other women took part in a cli

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  2. When Breast Cancer Spreads

    If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it's called advanced cancer, or metastatic cancer. The most common places it spreads to are the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. News that your cancer has spread is scary, but there are many treatments that work for metastatic brea

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  3. Cervical Cancer Screening Found to Benefit Older Women in New Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cervical cancer screening beyond age 50 saves lives and remains beneficial to women up to age 69, a new British study suggests. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Tas

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  4. Mekinist Plus Tafinlar Approved for Late-Stage Melanoma

    By Scott Roberts HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Mekinist for use with another drug, Tafinlar, to treat advanced melanoma that is spreading or cannot be removed by surgery. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin

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  5. U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Continue to Drop: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As fewer Americans smoke, the number of people who develop lung cancer continues to drop, U.S. health officials report. Between 2005 and 2009, lung cancer rates went down 2.6 percent each year among men, from 87 to 78 c

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  6. U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. The fastest decline in c

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  7. U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A highly influential government panel of experts says that older smokers at high risk of lung cancer should receive annual low-dose CT scans to help detect and possibly prevent the spread of the fatal disease. In its fin

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  8. Surgery With Radiation Best for Tongue Cancer

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People with tongue cancer who undergo surgery before receiving radiation treatment fare better than those who start treatment with chemotherapy, according to a small new study. Many patients may be hesitant to be

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  9. Only High-Risk Women Need Breast Cancer Gene Test: Experts

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Nine of 10 women do not need and should not receive genetic testing to see if they are at risk for breast or ovarian cancer, an influential panel of health experts announced Monday. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Forc

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  10. Angelina Jolie & Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risks

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- When actress Angelina Jolie went public about her preventive double mastectomy, it did not lead to an increased understanding of the genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers say. Although it raised awareness of breast

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