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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

  • 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. [...]

  • Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival

    THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review. Researchers analyzed 85 studies that included more than 164,000 women worldwide and found that breast cancer patient survival may be associated with: a healthy weight, physical activity, eating foods [...]

  • Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found. “Patients are more likely to take their medications if they are able to afford them,” said lead author [...]

  • Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain

    MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery — a mastectomy — reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says. More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, [...]


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