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Breast Cancer

Few things are as terrifying as thinking you might have breast cancer, but thanks to advances in testing and treatment, breast cancer is less deadly than ever. The good news is that breast cancer rates are dropping, and treatment is less toxic and disfiguring than it once was.

Breast Cancer Journey

There's Good News About Treatment and Survival

Breast cancer is often women's number one health worry. However, 80% of biopsies are benign. Find out more about your breast cancer risk, breast cancer symptoms, and what to expect from breast cancer screening and treatment.

Breast Cancer News

  • Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy

    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found. “We know that hormone therapy for women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer can reduce recurrence by up to 50 percent,” study leader Dr. Dawn Hershman, an [...]

  • Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics

    FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show. One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women. “We’ve known [...]

  • After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds. Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During [...]

  • Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study. The genetic variant originates from native Americans and reduces breast cancer risk by 40 percent to 80 percent, particularly the more aggressive estrogen receptor-negative forms of the [...]

  • Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows. The study found that adding a year of Herceptin (trastuzumab) to standard chemotherapy improved overall survival by 37 percent. [...]

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