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

Discuss cancer-reducing drugs with women: panel

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors should talk about breast cancer-reducing drugs with women and offer tamoxifen or raloxifene to those that have a high risk of cancer and aren't likely to suffer side effects, a government-backed panel said on Monday.

Some drinking tied to longer life post-breast cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with breast cancer who had a few alcoholic drinks per week before their diagnosis were slightly less likely to die from their cancer, according to a study that followed newly-diagnosed patients for 11 years, on average.

Small Increase of Metastatic Breast Cancer at First Diagnosis Seen in Young Women

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A large study looking at a 33-year time span found that young women were the only age group to show an increase in metastatic breast cancer as an initial diagnosis.

Counsel women with likely BRCA family history: panel

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors should screen women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to see if the cancers might be due to certain mutations - and if so, women should be counseled about their personal risks before getting tested, a government-backed panel said this week.

Radiation Therapy After Surgery Less Likely for Young Women

Young women may not be receiving radiation therapy after lumpectomy as often as would be optimal.

Record gene haul points to better cancer screening

LONDON (Reuters) - New research has nearly doubled the number of genetic variations implicated in breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, offering fresh avenues for screening at-risk patients and, potentially, developing better drugs.

Cutting copays may increase women's cancer screening

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More women may get screened for breast and cervical cancers if they don't have to pay for the tests, according to a new study from Japan.

Study Shows Need for Radiation after Mastectomy

An analysis of previous clinical trials may help define situations with a higher risk of recurrence for women who have mastectomy without radiation therapy. The findings may help clarify when doctors should recommend radiation. 

Cognitive Problems Common for Young Women After Treatment

Almost 60 percent of young women treated for breast cancer had memory loss or other cognitive problems up to 28 months after diagnosis, French researchers found.

Less frequent mammograms OK after 50: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In the latest installment in the mammogram debate, a new study finds that getting a mammogram every other year instead of annually did not increase the risk of advanced breast cancer in women aged 50 to 74, even in women who use hormone therapy or have dense breasts, factors that increase a woman's cancer risk.

Denver, CO  ·  September 13, 2014

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