9 Big Breast Cancer Breakthroughs for 2013

From a drug that could prevent the disease to a gadget that lets chemo patients keep their hair, we've got good news for all women.

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Breast cancer breakthroughs

by Ginny Graves

Yes, it's true: One in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Still.

The fact is, "we've done a great job of increasing awareness of the disease, but prevention should be the goal for the next decade," says Marc Hurlbert, PhD, executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. That doesn't mean experts haven't made enormous progress: There's a lot of (very) hopeful news on how to treat the condition more permanently and less painfully, find it at an earlier (and more beatable) stage and even keep from getting it in the first place. Read on for reassurance and empowerment.

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