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Breast cancer genetic screening offers vital information, uncertainty

New technologies, and a little help from the U.S. Supreme Court, have made it possible for large numbers of women to find out whether they carry genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast cancer — a development warmly welcomed by experts in the field. But the availability and relative...

  • Chemoprevention a hard sell but breast cancer experts believe it doesn't have to be

    Chemoprevention a hard sell but breast cancer experts believe it doesn't have to be

    If oncologist Larry Wickerham ruled the world, every woman would know her chances of getting breast cancer, and those at high risk would be offered a drug to prevent the disease. This is not a pipe dream, says Wickerham, deputy chair of NRG Oncology, a cooperative research group. The drugs exist;...

  • Teens push for breast cancer awareness in the African-American community

    Teens push for breast cancer awareness in the African-American community

    The battle against breast cancer has a new secret weapon, and she wears Chuck Taylors and listens to Beyonce. Seventeen-year-old Alexis Allen talks to her friends about the relatively high rate of breast cancer among black women under the age of 35. She has quizzed her mom and two of her aunts...

  • 3 books to help guide you through treatment and recovery

    3 books to help guide you through treatment and recovery

    It may be hard to believe with the proliferation of pink ribbons during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer used to be a taboo topic. You can see the radical shift in cultural attitudes with the books now available, a 180-degree turn from one of the first breakthrough, best-selling...

 

Prioritize exercise to fight fatigue, depression after breast cancer treatment

While going through treatment for breast cancer, many women are nauseated, sore, hormonal and cranky — and exercising is not on the top of their to-do list. But doctors are recommending that they prioritize it to increase their chances of beating breast cancer, improving their mood and making sure...

  • Mixed messages on mammogram benefits

    Mixed messages on mammogram benefits

    The debate over the value of preventive screening heated up early this year after a study published in The British Medical Journal reported that annual mammograms did not reduce deaths from breast cancer. The Canadian National Breast Screening Study evaluated data from 25 years on 90,000 women...

  • The goods: Gear to raise awareness for breast cancer

    The goods: Gear to raise awareness for breast cancer

    Every October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, companies release products in which a portion of profit is donated to research foundations. Here are six that help support finding a cure. Kiel James Patrick Twiggy bracelet Hand-sewn in Rhode island, the silk pink-and-navy bowtie bracelet...

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  • Bras cause breast cancer? Apparently not, study says

    Bras cause breast cancer? Apparently not, study says

    Uplifting news for the girls: Regularly wearing a brassiere does not increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, a new study finds. Not found in the latest research: Compared with their bra-wearing sisters, aging women who avoid such structural support in hopes of reducing...

  • 'Angelina effect': When Jolie talked about her breasts, women listened

    'Angelina effect': When Jolie talked about her breasts, women listened

    Angelina Jolie's public revelation about having risky mutations in a gene related to breast cancer sent DNA screening referrals through the roof, at least in the UK, a new study suggests. The "Angelina effect" persisted for many months as many more women got genetic tests for the presence of a...

  • Study: More breast cancer patients should keep their healthy breasts

    Study: More breast cancer patients should keep their healthy breasts

    Too many women with breast cancer are sacrificing too many healthy breasts for too little benefit, new research suggests. After learning that they have an early stage cancer in one breast, some women decide to remove not only the affected breast but the other one as well. Many patients believe...

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