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'Groundbreaking' Drug Stalls Breast Cancer

Palbociclib appears to double time before disease worsens: study

(Newser) - A new breast cancer drug may help prevent the disease from getting worse, a study shows—and some experts are seeing major benefits ahead. Palbociclib almost doubled the time patients survived without seeing their disease progress, Reuters reports, noting that the women in the study had the most common form... More »

Black Women Face Racial Disparity on Cancer

Harold Freeman: White women tend to get better treatment

(Newser) - A new study in Cancer Epidemiology confirms a sad truth about America's health system: Black women with breast cancer are more likely to die than white women with breast cancer. Part of the reason is that black women tend to get a more aggressive form, writes Harold Freeman in... More »

Woman: FedEx Lost My Cancer Sample

Marlene Van Duyne says she'll sue FedEx over missing shipment

(Newser) - As far as important packages go, this one is pretty high up there: After doctors found a tumor in Marline Van Duyne's right breast earlier this year, she chose to have a double mastectomy in Utah and was to start chemotherapy a month later—if her sample showed she... More »

Supreme Court Sides With 'I (Heart) Boobies!'

Pennsylvania teens win the right to wear breast-cancer bracelets

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided today with two Pennsylvania teenagers who like wearing their feelings about breast cancer on their wrists, the AP reports. Kayla Martinez and Brianna Hawk got in trouble in 2010 for wearing "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets at their schools' Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Easton Area... More »

Mammograms Don't Reduce Cancer Deaths

Researchers warn of 'overdiagnosis'

(Newser) - A wide-ranging, long-term study has cast doubt on the value of annual breast X-rays—and sparked fierce debate in the medical world. The study of 90,000 Canadian women over 25 years suggests annual mammograms could be useless or possibly worse than useless: the death rate from breast cancer and... More »

Ex-NYT Editor, Wife Question Cancer Blogger, Outrage Ensues

Bill, Emma Keller wrote about Lisa Bonchek Adams

(Newser) - A pair of columns questioning a woman's very public battle with Stage IV breast cancer are lighting up the Internet. Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, writer Emma Gilbey Keller, both wrote pieces on Lisa Bonchek Adams, who is chronicling her fight via Twitter... More »

ABC Anchor's on-Air Mammogram Finds Cancer

Amy Robach was reluctant to do 'Good Morning America' segment

(Newser) - It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly... More »

Next Stop for 'Boobies' Bracelets: Supreme Court?

Pa. school board votes to appeal federal court decision

(Newser) - The court battle between two girls and their Pennsylvania school over "I (heart) Boobies!" bracelets could be settled by the US Supreme Court. The Easton Area School District board voted 7-1 last night to appeal a federal appeals court's decision that rejected its claim the bracelets are... More »

Daily Walk May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

American Cancer Society sees benefit for women

(Newser) - Women who walk at least one hour a day can lower their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society. Over 17 years, researchers monitored the physical activity of more than 70,000 postmenopausal women. Those who walked at least seven hours a week—... More »

Drinking Before Having Kids Raises Breast Cancer Risk

Study suggests non-moms should drink less than once a day

(Newser) - Drinking a glass of wine a day may cut your heart disease risk , help you lose weight , or just make you generally healthier . But if you're a woman who hasn't had kids yet, it might also give you breast cancer, a new study suggests. The study found that... More »

'Boobies' Bracelets Aren't Lewd: Court

They're about breast cancer awareness

(Newser) - If kids at a Pennsylvania middle school want to wear bracelets declaring their love for boobies, the district has no right to stop them, a federal appeals court says. Two teens were suspended for wearing bracelets reading "I Heart Boobies"—a breast cancer awareness slogan—during their school'... More »

Etheridge: Jolie's Double Mastectomy Not 'Brave'

She calls it the 'fearful choice,' Brad Pitt responds

(Newser) - When Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy, celebrities fell all over themselves in their rush to call her courageous—but not Melissa Etheridge. In an interview with the Washington Blade last week that apparently just got noticed by the celebrity media, Etheridge—a breast cancer... More »

Jolie Aunt Dies of Breast Cancer

She loses cancer battle weeks after Jolie reveals surgery

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's aunt has died of breast cancer just two weeks after Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy to prevent the same disease, E! Online reports. Debbie Martin, 61, was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, whose death from ovarian cancer in 2007 led to Jolie'... More »

Jolie's Best Message Applies to All Women

They have choices and need not live in fear: Anne Taylor Fleming

(Newser) - Stories about the victimization of women have been so prevalent of late—from the rising number of assaults in the military to the awful Cleveland case —that Anne Taylor Fleming has been both disgusted and infuriated when catching up on the news, she writes at Reuters . And then along... More »

Inside Angelina Jolie's Treatment

Her doctor reveals she was back at work 4 days later

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie was back at work just days after her double mastectomy, Dr. Kristi Funk reveals in a blog post about the star's medical journey. "To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active," Funk writes on the Pink... More »

What's Best for Angelina May Not Be Best for You

Remember: health industry 'gets rich off fear': Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - There's no question that Angelina Jolie made a courageous move in undergoing a double mastectomy . But in the applause for her decision, it's important to keep the cancer conversation in context, writes Mary Elizabeth Williams—herself a cancer survivor —at Salon . "I can swear to you... More »

Brad Pitt: Angelina Is a Hero

Praises Jolie's decision to get double mastectomy

(Newser) - Brad Pitt, who was with Angelina Jolie when she had her preventative double mastectomy , tells the Evening Standard he stands fully behind her decision. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team... More »

CNN's Sambolin Plans Double Mastectomy

Jolie's announcement 'gives me strength,' says anchor

(Newser) - On the heels of Angelina Jolie's revelation about her double mastectomy , CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin—of Early Start—has announced she'll also undergo the procedure. "I struggled for weeks trying to figure out how tell you that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was leaving... More »

Angelina Jolie: I Had Double Mastectomy

She reveals cancer-preventing surgery in 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie has had both her breasts surgically removed after learning that she carries the gene BRCA1, which sharply raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. "My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer," Jolie, whose... More »

74 Genetic Markers Found for Major Cancers

Results could help scientists fine-tune tests in coming years

(Newser) - A huge, international cancer study has identified 74 DNA regions associated with breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers, more than doubling the number of genetic markers known, reports the Los Angeles Times . The Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study, or COGS, combined the research on 250,000 people around the world to create... More »

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