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  1. New Method May Spot Ovarian Cancer Earlier

    May 5, 2015 -- A screening method that uses blood tests can detect twice as many cases of ovarian cancer as older testing methods, and that may lead to women getting diagnosed sooner, researchers say. The new approach looks at how levels of a protein linked to the disease change over time in a woman

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  2. Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear

    May 1, 2015 — Many women were raised on the mantra "Pap smear once a year." But for women 21 years and older at average risk for cervical cancer, getting screened once every 3 years should be enough, according to advice from the American College of Physicians (ACP). There is also a recommendation ag

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  3. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy vs. Full Breast Removal

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with early stage breast cancer who chose to preserve the nipple during a mastectomy had similar survival or recurrence rates to women who underwent full breast removal, a new study found. "Nipple-sparing surgery is o

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  4. Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers fro

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  5. Breast Reconstruction May Mean Multiple Surgeries

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most women undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy will need several operations, a new study finds. Among nearly 4,000 women studied, 88 percent had at least two breast reconstruction operations, 65 percen

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  6. Cloudy Climes May Up Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who live in regions with low sunlight may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, possibly because they don't get enough vitamin D from the sun, new research suggests. "If you're living at a high latitude or in

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  7. Diet Switch May Lower Colon Cancer Risk in Blacks

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When a group of black Americans switched their diet from a typical American one to that of South Africans, certain risk factors for colon cancer began to fade away, a small study found. The change was rapid, the

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  8. Breastfeeding May Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed their babies and later develop breast cancer are less likely to have the cancer return or to die from it than women who do not breast-feed, new research shows. "We found in this study of over 1,60

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  9. Ovary Removal and Breast Cancer Death With BRCA1

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actress and activist Angelina Jolie made news last month when she announced she had her ovaries removed -- after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 -- because she is a carrier of BRCA, a genetic mutatio

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  10. Breast Cancer Patients: Mastectomy vs. Lumpectomy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer surgeries have advanced so that surgeons can often remove the tumor while safely conserving the breast, in what's known as lumpectomy. But a new study shows that even though this breast-conserving surgery

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