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Breast Cancer News

In this section, access cutting-edge news about breast cancer in African-American women including treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Care and Outcome Differ for African-American Women

A report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that African-American women are diagnosed with breast cancer less often than white women but continue to experience higher death rates. 

African-American Women Overtreated in Cancer Staging Process

An analysis of data collected in the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database between 2002 and 2007 shows that though newer, less invasive breast cancer staging procedures have become standard, African-American women were 12 percent less likely to have the less invasive surgery than their white peers. 

Longer waits for breast cancer patients on Medicare

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer who are covered by Medicare are waiting longer and longer to get treatment, according to a new nationwide study.

Perceptions of cancer care may not match reality

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, the impressions of breast cancer patients about the quality of care they received often differed from medical definitions of quality -- in part because the patients were judging their experiences by a different set of standards.

Black women more likely to die of breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More than 1,700 black women die of breast cancer every year in the United States because of racial disparities in cancer risks and access to care, suggests a new study.

Cancer disparities exist despite good insurance

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite having equal access to health care through military health insurance, black women with breast cancer are less likely than white women to receive certain aggressive treatments, according to the findings of a new study.

Radiation may increase long-term heart risks

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women treated for breast cancer with radiation therapy are more likely to die from heart disease 20 years or more down the line than women who don't get radiation, according to a new study.

Cancer patients pick antidepressant for hot flashes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Breast cancer survivors who struggle with hot flashes may find respite in an antidepressant, according to a new study that suggests the medication should be the go-to drug when the overheating is severe.

Women prefer silicone to saline after mastectomy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who have breast reconstruction after cancer surgery tend to be happier with the cosmetic results of silicone implants than with saline-filled ones, a study published Monday suggests.

Collards and carrots may ward off breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating lots of carrots and cruciferous vegetables -- collard greens, cabbage, broccoli -- could reduce breast cancer risk, particularly an aggressive form common among African American women, suggests a large new study.

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