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No Link Between Family History and Risk for Younger Women
November 30, 2011
For women age 40 to 49, a study found no link between family history and the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more...

Canadian Task Force Changes Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations
November 21, 2011
A Canadian task force has recommended that routine screening mammograms should start at age 50 instead of age 40. Read more...

FDA Removes Breast Cancer Indication from Avastin
November 18, 2011
On Nov. 18, 2011 FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg decided to remove the breast cancer indication from Avastin. Read more...

Many Men Stop Taking Tamoxifen
November 17, 2011
Many men diagnosed with breast cancer have problems while taking tamoxifen and about 20% of them stop taking it because of unacceptable side effects. Read more...

Breast MRI Better at Finding Disease in High-Risk Women, but Doesn’t Improve Outcome
November 17, 2011
Breast MRI is better at finding breast cancer in high-risk women, but it may not change overall outcomes if these women are diagnosed. Read more...

Just Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer May Affect Brain Function
November 14, 2011
A small research study suggests that simply being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer affects brain function. Read more...

Experimental Vaccine May Help Treat Some Advanced-Stage Cancers
November 8, 2011
A very small, very early study suggests that some women diagnosed with advanced-stage breast or ovarian cancer may get some benefit from an experimental vaccine that targets breast and ovarian cancer cells. Read more...

Research Continues to Support Connection Between Risk and Regular Drinking
November 1, 2011
Results from a large study confirm the link between regularly drinking alcohol and an increase in breast cancer risk. Read more...

Women Who Don’t Have Abnormal Breast Cancer Gene Have Average Risk, Even if Relatives Test Positive
November 1, 2011
Research shows that a woman who tests negative for an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene but has a family history of breast cancer and a first-degree relative who's tested positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 has the same risk of breast cancer as a woman with a family history of breast cancer but no relatives with an abnormal gene. Read more...

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