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  1. Shorter Radiation Course for Early Breast Cancer

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard -- five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say. A short course of radiation given in larger dose

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  2. Colon Cancer Screenings Work, Twin Studies Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- People are less likely to die from colon cancer if they use any of the currently recommended screening procedures, a pair of new long-term studies reveal. Colonoscopy remains the most effective screening tool, reducing the

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  3. Tamoxifen's Mental Side Effects Are Real: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Some women who take tamoxifen to treat or prevent breast cancer report experiencing a mental fogginess while on the drug, and researchers have now confirmed that there's a biological basis for those symptoms. The researchers w

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  4. Report Sees Advances in War Against Cancer

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 14 million people in the United States, or one in 23, are now cancer survivors. In comparison, only 3 million people, or one in 69, were cancer survivors in 1971, according to the third annual cancer progress report,

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  5. Fear Prompts Some Preventive Mastectomies

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Young women with breast cancer tend to overestimate their risk for getting cancer in the opposite, healthy breast -- sometimes driving them to have that breast removed, according to new research. Researchers polled 123 young

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. 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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