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Regular Screening Helps Reduce Difference in Breast Cancer Outcomes Between African American and White Women
September 29, 2012
A study suggests that regular screening mammograms can help improve the outcomes of African American women diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more...

New Screening Device for Dense Breasts Approved by FDA
September 27, 2012
The FDA has approved an automated ultrasound device to screen for breast cancer in women with dense breasts. Read more...

MRI Before Surgery Doesn’t Reduce Need for More Surgery Later On
September 27, 2012
A study suggests that having an MRI before initial breast cancer surgery doesn’t reduce the likelihood that a woman would need more breast cancer surgery later. Read more...

Study Analyzes Breast Cancer Genetics, Finds Four Classes of Disease
September 25, 2012
Researchers have done the most thorough analysis of breast cancer genetics to date and found that there are four genetically distinct classes of the disease. Read more...

Mammograms Save Lives, Benefits Outweigh Concerns
September 17, 2012
A European study has found that for every 1,000 women between the ages of 50 and 70 who get a mammogram every 2 years, seven to nine lives are saved. Read more...

Use of Anthracyclines to Treat Breast Cancer Has Gone Down
September 14, 2012
A study has found that after 2005, there was a large increase in taxane chemotherapy and a decrease in anthracycline chemotherapy to treat breast cancer in the United States. Read more...

Radiation in Diagnostic Tests Increases Risk for Women with Abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 Genes
September 13, 2012
A new study suggests that diagnostic tests that use radiation done before age 30 in young women with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene increases breast cancer risk. Read more...

Genetic Counseling Before Surgery Can Lower Stress and Help Women Make Decisions
September 13, 2012
A small study has found that women diagnosed with breast cancer who are offered genetic counseling before breast cancer surgery have less stress and make more informed decisions about treatment compared to women who don’t get genetic counseling before surgery. Read more...

Combination of Arimidex and Faslodex Better Than Arimidex Alone to Treat Metastatic Breast Cancer
September 12, 2012
A study has found that postmenopausal women diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer and treated with a combination of Arimidex and Faslodex as the first treatment for metastatic disease lived about 6 months longer than women treated only with Arimidex. Read more...

Lying Face Down for Radiation Therapy to Treat Breast Cancer May Protect Healthy Tissue September 11, 2012
A study suggests that lying face down to receive radiation therapy to the breast area reduces the amount of radiation that unintentionally reaches the heart and lungs. Read more...

Study Suggests Organic Foods May Not Be More Nutritious, but Also Points Out How Much We Don’t Know
September 5, 2012
An analysis of 237 studies didn’t show that organic foods are substantially healthier than conventionally produced foods, but there were some limitations in the studies that were analyzed. Read more...

New BRCA1 and BRCA2 Test May Be More Accurate, Less Expensive
September 5, 2012
A group of Canadian scientists has developed a new way to test for abnormal BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that seems to be more accurate and less expensive than the current testing methods. Read more...

Some Women Having Mastectomy Opt for Nipple Banking, but Have More ComplicationsSeptember 4, 2012
A small Dutch study has found that some women having mastectomy may want to bank their nipple so it can be attached later to their reconstructed breast. Read more...

Having Dense Breasts Doesn’t Influence Breast Cancer Survival
September 4, 2012
Research suggests that women with dense breasts have the same breast cancer survival rates as women whose breasts aren’t dense. Read more...

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