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Why women need more science with their breast cancer survival stories
Why women need more science with their breast cancer survival stories

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Football players took to the field in splashes of pink, and women's magazines featured celebrity survivors such as Suzanne Somers and Sheryl Crow, smiling alongside headlines attributing breast cancer survival to an upbeat attitude, personal fortitude and a conscientious shift toward a more healthful lifestyle. You have to applaud the willingness of these survivors to raise awareness of the disease. As a 20-year survivor myself, I recognize that such stories can be empowering. But given current scientific research on the disease, I also know that dispensing knowledge about breast cancer based on individual, anecdotal stories alone...

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