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Radiation Modestly Raises Women’s Heart Risks, Study Says

Radiation - NY Times

Researchers have found that the benefits to women of treating breast cancer with radiation outweigh the risks of heart disease.


Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

Breast Cancer

Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons....


FDA approves new targeted breast cancer drug


The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new form of a best-selling breast cancer drug that targets tumor cells while sparing healthy ones. The drug Kadcyla (kad-SY'-luh) from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines together. The chemical keeps the cocktail intact until it binds to a cancer cell, delivering a double-shot of anti-tumor poison.


Miss D.C. Allyn Rose on her decision to opt for a double mastectomy after Miss America pageant

Allyn Rose’s father first suggested the mastectomy when she was a freshman in college. It was a couple years after her mother had succumbed to breast cancer; genetic testing and a long, sad family history of early deaths indicated that Rose, too, was at a high risk.


Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne says she had a double mastectomy after learning she carries a gene that increases the risk of developing breast cancer. "The Talk" co-host told Hello! magazine that "I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me." The 60-year-old "America's Got Talent" judge, who had colon cancer a decade ago, said that without the surgery, "the odds are not in my favor."


Mammograms: For 1 life saved, 3 overdiagnosed


Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other studies. But, the review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed.


Kathy Bates recovering from double mastectomy

Film and television star Kathy Bates took to Twitter explained to her fans why they haven't seen or heard from her lately. It turns out the Oscar-winning actress has been fighting breast cancer.


Health task force challenges conventions, faces condemnation

Health Task Force

Nobody loves a party pooper. And it seems nobody these days loves the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Few Americans had even heard of it until three years ago, when the advisory board with the 10-syllable name challenged convention by saying women under 50 might not benefit from mammograms, just as the debate over health care was coming to a boil.


Health roundup: 100-year-olds eat, sleep well

Centenarians sleep 8 hours a night, eat balanced meals. Also: Anti-smoking ads doubled help calls; breast cancer survivor can swim topless.


Study: 'Smart bomb' drug attacks breast cancer

Breast Cancer Treatment: Smart Bomb

Doctors have successfully dropped the first "smart bomb" on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone.


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