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Test for Komen charity 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…

Anti-cancer drug for women weakens bone density

A drug tipped for widespread use to prevent breast cancer in post-menopausal women also accelerates loss of bone density, thus potentially boosting the risk of fractures, a study published on Tuesday said. Exemestane — brand name Aromasin — is part of a drug class called aromatase inhibitors, which lower levels…

Santorum suggests abortion causes breast cancer

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday suggested that Susan G. Komen for the Cure shouldn’t provide grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings because abortions cause breast cancer, a false claim that has been repeatedly debunked. The candidate told Fox News host Chris Wallace that he didn’t agree…

Study faults research linking hormone therapy to cancer

A landmark investigation which found that hormone treatment for the menopause boosts the risk of breast cancer is riddled with flaws, a new study published on Monday alleges. The so-called Million Women Study (MWS) unleashed headlines when it was first published in 2003. Based on questionnaires returned by more than a million…

Insight: New DNA reader to bring promise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new DNA reader could bring genetics to medical clinics. After years of predictions that the “$1,000 genome” – a read-out of a person’s complete genetic information for about the cost of a dental crown – was just around the corner, a U.S. company is announcing…

Memory issues after cancer may not be due to chemo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women treated for breast cancer with radiation with or without chemotherapy had more thinking and memory problems a few years after their treatment ended than women who’d never had cancer, in a new study. Research has suggested some women experience mental haziness, dubbed “chemo brain,”…

Less boob squishing seems like a value add to me

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about how a panel was convened to look at the breast cancer screening recommendations, and taking new evidence into account, they suggested the screening should start for most women at 50 instead of 40, and that self-exams were ineffective. I knew…

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