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  1. 1 in 4 Breast Cancer Diagnoses May Spur PTSD

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in four breast cancer patients has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder shortly after they receive their cancer diagnosis, and the risk is highest in black and Asian patients, a new study reveals. Post-traumatic

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  2. Q&A: Breast Cancer in Young Women

    Feb. 28, 2013 -- Young women found the news surprising and more than a little scary: Cases of advanced breast cancer have been rising in women 25 to 39 over the past three decades, researchers reported this week. From 1976 to 2009, the number of cases of advanced breast cancer in younger women at th

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  3. Advanced Breast Cancer Rising in Young Women?

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The number of younger women who have been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer has increased slowly, but steadily, since the 1970s, a new study indicates. Over the past 30 years, the number of cases of metastatic breast canc

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  4. New Breast Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

    A new drug for late-stage breast cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Genentech's Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine) is for use in patients with HER2-positive, late-stage breast cancer who were previously treated with another anti-HER2 drug called Herceptin (trastuzmab

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  5. Supercomputer Watson Takes on Cancer

    Feb. 15, 2013 -- IBM's Watson, the supercomputer that grabbed headlines after beating the best contestants on Jeopardy!, now is setting its sights on cancer. Two years after Watson's victory on the game show, IBM is offering up the pizza-box-sized computer for health care. Its developers have chosen

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  6. Alcohol Blamed for 1 in Every 30 Cancer Deaths

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- For anyone who still thinks that drinking does not contribute to cancer, a new report finds that alcohol is to blame for one in every 30 cancer deaths each year in the United States. The connection is even more pronounced wi

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  7. Breast Cancer Research Needs Focus on Environment

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to prevent breast cancer need to focus more aggressively and coherently on environmental factors. That's the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday by a committee tasked in 2008 by the U.S. Congress to investigate

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  8. Mammogram Every 2 Years May Be OK for Older Women

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- For older women ages 66 to 74, getting a mammogram every two years appears as good as getting one every year, according to a new study. "Your risk of having breast cancer detected at a later stage is no greater if you screen e

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  9. Cancer as a Death Sentence & Other Myths Dispelled

    Feb. 4, 2013 -- Today, on World Cancer Day, the organization behind this annual event is aiming to dispel several myths about cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is trying to counteract the myths that cancer is a death sentence and a disease of the wealthy, the elderly, and dev

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  10. Which Cancer Tests Do You Really Need?

    Feb. 1, 2013 -- Not all cancer screening tests are helpful, and some are potentially harmful, according to a new Consumer Reports rating. In the new report, Consumer Reports recommends only three of 11 common cancer screening tests, and then only for certain age groups. Screenings for cervical, colo

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