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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

  • Complication Rates Low With Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction: Study

    TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Complications are rare among breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy and reconstruction, a new study indicates. However, the researchers did find that a double mastectomy was associated with a slightly higher risk for certain complications than a single mastectomy. The study included more than 18,000 breast cancer patients who had [...]

  • Double Mastectomy Doesn’t Improve Survival, Study Finds

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say. Death rates are similar for women who have both breasts taken off and those who [...]

  • New Guidelines for Treating Form of Advanced Breast Cancer

    TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A leading group of oncologists has released updated guidelines for the treatment of the major form of advanced breast cancer. HER2-negative breast tumors include cancers that don’t respond to drugs that target the HER2 protein, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) explained Tuesday in a news release. [...]

  • Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don’t Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it. “The most common reasons women didn’t undergo reconstruction was that they felt it wasn’t important, they weren’t interested in more surgery or [...]

  • Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds. Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]

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