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  1. -03-07-08 Three Ways to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence (US News)
      "New research, though, suggests women may be able to lower their risk of recurrence by taking steps to reduce their estrogen levels. A study of more than 300 breast cancer patients found that those whose cancer came back within seven years had estrogen levels on average that were twice as high as those found in women who remained cancer free; this was true even for those taking tamoxifen." 03-08

  2. -07-16-08 Self-Exams for Breast Cancer May Not Help (MSNBC News)
      "According to a review by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research, there’s no evidence that self-exams actually reduce breast cancer deaths." 07-08

  3. Study: Dense Breasts Have Five Times Higher Risk (MSNBC News)
      "Cancer turns up five times more often in women with extremely dense breasts than in those with the most fatty tissue, a study shows, signaling the importance of a risk factor rarely discussed with patients." 01-07

  1. Breast Cancer (
      Provides detailed information, listed by condition. 8-04

  2. Jolie, Angelina - Announces a Double Mastectomy (CNN News)
      "Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer." 05-13

  3. New Study on Estrogen (USA Today)
      "Up to seven years of postmenopausal estrogen therapy does not raise breast cancer risk in women without a uterus, says a report out Wednesday from a government-sponsored study."

      "The breast cancer finding for estrogen therapy is quite different than that of a parallel study of estrogen plus progestin, a second hormone given to protect the uterine lining against estrogen's cancer-causing effects. In that study, women's breast cancer risk rose over five years of hormone therapy." 04-06

  4. Passive Smoke Linked to Breast Cancer (USA Today)
      "California regulators ruled Thursday that secondhand smoke causes breast cancer in younger women, an unprecedented finding that could lead to tougher anti-smoking measures." 01-06

  5. The BRCA Gene and Cancer (CNN News)
      "Women with the BRCA gene mutations have a 60 to 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer -- at least five times higher than the general population -- according to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, these women have up to a 60 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer in their lifetime." 07-09

  6. The Cruel Irony of Hormone Therapy (MSNBC News)
      "The recent data on breast cancer rates suggest that millions of women could have developed and even died from the disease because of excessive use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)."

      "How did this happen?"

      "A good place to look is a book called 'Feminine Forever,' by Dr. Robert A. Wilson. A best seller when it was published 40 years ago, the book helped persuade millions of physicians and their female patients that HRT was not just helpful, but necessary." 01-07

  7. Tumor Size Related to Success Rate (ABC News)
      "Much of the improvement in breast cancer survival in recent years is because the average tumor is smaller, not just because treatments are so much better, a huge new study has found."

      " 'This really helps to show the importance of screening.' " 6-05


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