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Double mastectomy can dramatically reduce genetic cancer risk

Women whose genes put them at a high risk of contracting breast cancer can dramatically reduce the danger by having a double mastectomy — but not eliminate it altogether, experts say. The issue has been thrown into the spotlight with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had her breasts…

Study finds genetic similarities between different types of aggressive cancers

Some of the most devastating forms of cancer have genetic similarities even though they strike different body parts, according to new studies out Thursday. The new research — one study focused on a form of leukemia, in the New England Journal of Medicine, and a second on endometrial cancer, in…

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis: study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery. In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants…

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in breast cancer gene patent case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a challenge by a contingent of breast cancer patients and women’s health organizations against a Utah company’s claim to being able to patent human genes. Bloomberg News reported that the high court used analogies like chocolate-chip recipes in discussing the case,…

Study finds increase in young women with advanced breast cancer

A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found an increase in advanced breast cancer among women under 40. According to the Associated Press, the rise in cancer cases is small, but troubling. Tumors found in young women are often more aggressive and grow unchecked because…

Breast cancer study suggests new treatment could slow aggressive tumors

New research into cancer growth has pinpointed a mechanism that impacts the aggressiveness of breast cancer tumors, according to a Scripps Research Institute study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. It’s an important finding because doctors often find it difficult to figure out if a particular tumor will become…

Study: Ultrasounds aid better breast screening

Women’s annual breast exams could be improved by adding ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to the usual mammogram, according to a US study released on Tuesday. The research, published in the April 4 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that those two technologies helped spot small cancers that…

Study: women who ate broccoli more likely to survive breast cancer

Chinese women who ate cabbage, broccoli and leafy greens saw improved survival rates after breast cancer than women who did not eat these cruciferous vegetables, said a US study presented on Tuesday. The findings came from data on 4,886 Chinese breast cancer survivors age 20-75 who were diagnosed with stage…

Tattoo artists works to give breast cancer survivors new nipples

Few tattoo artists tell their clients they could win a wet T-shirt contest. Then again, few tattoo artists are quite like Vincent “Vinnie” Myers. In his shop in a modest strip mall in Finksburg, a half-hour drive from Baltimore, Myers specializes in tattooing nipples and areolas onto women who have undergone breast cancer surgery. Using…

Test for Komen looms at next Race for the Cure

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Rebecca Reza has participated in fundraising races held by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer charity, for the past five years. She planned to sign up for the next Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas, with her cousin. But…

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