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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates continue to decline in the United States, mainly because anti-smoking efforts have caused a drop in lung cancer deaths, researchers report. From 2001 through 2010, death rates for all cancers combined

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  4. 2 Pre-Surgery Drug Treatments Show Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women fighting an aggressive form of breast cancer may benefit from adding certain drugs to their chemotherapy regimen, and taking them prior to surgery, new research finds. This pre-surgical drug therapy boosts the like

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  5. FDA Warns Against Nipple Test for Breast Cancer Screening

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new test marketed as an alternative to a mammogram for breast cancer detection is not an effective screening TOOL, U.S. health officials say. With the nipple aspirate test, a breast pump collects fluid from a woman's nip

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  6. Exercise Might Ease Joint Pain Caused by Breast Cancer Drugs

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise might help breast cancer survivors relieve the joint pain that is a side effect of their medications, researchers say. A new study included patients who were taking aromatase inhibitor drugs, such as Arimidex (a

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  7. Chemo for Advanced Breast Cancer Might Be Enough

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to treat the original tumor might not benefit women with advanced breast cancer, a new study shows. A minority of women with breast cancer discover they have the disease in its

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  8. Importance of Mammograms

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Often-conflicting results from studies on the value of routine mammography have only fueled the debate about how often women should get a mammogram and at what age they should start. In a new analysis of previous rese

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  9. Many Lung Cancer Tumors May Prove Harmless

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who have a CT scan to check for lung cancer stand a nearly one-in-five chance that doctors will find and potentially treat a tumor that would not have caused illness or death, researchers report. Despite the findi

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  10. Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Leukemia

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Dec. 8, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research shows that gene therapy might one day be a powerful weapon against leukemia and other blood cancers. The experimental treatment coaxed certain blood cells into targeting and destroying cancer cells, a

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