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  1. FDA Panel Backs Wider Use of Breast Cancer Drug

    By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. advisers endorsed on Thursday the broader use of a drug already used to treat advanced breast cancer that also appears to shrink early stage breast tumors. This could potentially offer women with early stage bre

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  2. Test Helps Predict Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene test may help identify slow-growing prostate cancers that will require treatment, a new study suggests. The test revealed the levels of "expression" of three aging-related genes and could be used to predict whethe

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Antiviral Drug May Extend Brain Cancer Survival

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used against a common virus may lengthen the lives of people with a deadly form of brain cancer, a preliminary study suggests. Writing in the Sept. 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported on 5

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  6. MRI and Outcomes for Early Form of Breast Cancer

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Adding in pricey MRI scans does not boost outcomes for most women who undergo a lumpectomy for the early, noninvasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a new study finds. Some doctors order

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  7. Routine CT Scans for Early Lung Cancer Detection

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer screenings using low-dose CT scans can successfully detect malignant tumors before they can spread to other parts of the body, according to two new studies. Yearly screenings with CT scans are more effect

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  8. 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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  9. New Hope for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test combined with an ultrasound exam may help doctors catch ovarian cancer while it's still treatable, a new study shows. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. It strikes with few, if any, symptoms. By the time a w

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  10. Getting to Root of Redheads' Higher Melanoma Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that natural redheads are at higher odds for deadly melanoma skin cancer, and new research in mice may help explain why. Researchers at Harvard Medical School say the genetic mutation responsible for red hair a

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