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Scientists: 'Holy Grail' of Stopping Breast Cancer May Be Here

Australian team makes a possible breakthrough

(Newser) - A new study could bring hope to thousands of women who are susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, the Telegraph reports. Analyzing breast tissue prone to cancer, Australian scientists found that a protein that fuels pre-cancerous cells also causes osteoporisis—and can be stymied by a common osteoporosis drug. "... More »

Mediterranean Diet Could Halt Breast Cancer's Return

Per a small study of 307 women in Italy

(Newser) - Women who've survived breast cancer and are looking to prevent a recurrence may be encouraged by news out of a major cancer conference: that adhering to a Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, veggies, fish, and olive oil) may help fend off the disease's return, the Guardian reports. For... More »

Breast Cancer Video Eludes Censors Masterfully

Thanks to Henry

(Newser) - A breast cancer group has managed to put out an educational video that has registered millions of views and counting, all thanks to its clever workaround of censorship rules. It begins with a woman disrobing, only to have her breasts covered with the logos of Facebook and Instagram. How then... More »

Janice Dickinson: I Have Breast Cancer

Supermodel's prognosis is reportedly good

(Newser) - Supermodel Janice Dickinson has breast cancer, she revealed in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail . After her doctor found a pea-sized lump in her breast just over two weeks ago, an urgent mammogram and biopsy followed, and Dickinson was diagnosed with early-stage ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). The 61-year-old... More »

Study Uncovers Potential 'Game-Changer' in Breast Cancer Treatment

The results are being called 'groundbreaking'

(Newser) - A new breast cancer trial out of Britain has experts proclaiming its results "astonishing" and "groundbreaking" with "game-changing potential," the Guardian reports. According to the Telegraph , the trial from Cancer Research UK gave women with aggressive breast cancer (known as "HER2 positive" breast cancer) a... More »

Claire McCaskill: I Have Breast Cancer

Missouri senator says her prognosis is good

(Newser) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she has breast cancer and would remain in St. Louis for the next three weeks to receive treatment. She announced the news on Twitter , saying, "I very recently learned that I have breast cancer." The Democratic senator said in a Tumblr post... More »

High-Profile Cancer Patient Allegedly Faked It

For a whole decade, apparently, per Tracy Dart's family

(Newser) - A cancer awareness advocate and fundraiser known as the unofficial mayor of West Seattle and who for the past decade has branded herself as a cancer patient and survivor may have faked her illness the entire time, KOMO reports. A rep from Susan G. Komen headquarters in Dallas confirmed the... More »

Mom's Last Letter: 'Bad News Is, Apparently, I'm Dead'

36-year-old mom Heather McManamy writes a poignant farewell

(Newser) - "The bad news is, apparently, I'm dead. Good news, if you're reading this, is that you are most definitely not." So begins Heather McManamy's goodbye letter . The 36-year-old Wisconsin mom died from cancer recently, Redbook reports, and her husband, Jeff, posted the inspiring letter to... More »

Utah Girl, 8, Is Fighting Breast Cancer

She was diagnosed with extremely rare form of disease

(Newser) - Chrissy Turner is an 8-year-old girl in Centerville, Utah, who is fighting a battle that would be difficult enough for any grownup. She is one of the youngest people ever to receive a breast cancer diagnosis and will have a mastectomy early next month, the Guardian reports. Her mother tells... More »

Mammogram Reader of the Future: Pigeons?

An animal behaviorist puts them to the test

(Newser) - Human radiologists, look out. Pigeons turn out to be expert mammogram readers after very little training, at least according to a study published this week in PLoS ONE . Using 16 pigeons in a chamber with a touchscreen, scientists trained them to peck at one of two colored buttons to correspond... More »

Ladies, Here Are Your New Mammogram Guidelines

But not everyone is on board with ACS' recommendations

(Newser) - For years, guidelines regarding mammograms have been, well, all over the place. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends women get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50. Since 2003, the American Cancer Society has recommended annual mammograms starting at age 40. The society's first mammogram guideline... More »

NFL Player Honors Mom Lost to Breast Cancer in Big Way

Steelers' DeAngelo Williams wants to wear pink all year

(Newser) - "My hair is pink, my heart is pink, and my toenails are pink." That's the confession Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams offers in a video he posted to Twitter Sunday, and the reason he did so shows his heart is as large as it is colorful.... More »

Gene Test Can Tell Who Needs Chemo, Who Doesn't

98% of 'low-risk' breast cancer patients who didn't get chemo were alive 5 years on

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is "not pretty," a breast cancer survivor tells the AP —so a new study on women with early-stage breast cancer is encouraging, claiming a gene test can parse out patients who may be able to skip chemo because it won't ultimately provide much, if any,... More »

Double Mastectomies on the Rise—Among Men

Rate has nearly doubled, and researchers are concerned

(Newser) - Nearly 2,500 men in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. And Live Science reports researchers are worried too many of them will opt to have both breasts removed in an increasingly popular—yet risky and often unnecessary—procedure. A study of more... More »

Are Thousands of Women Getting Unnecessary Mastectomies?

A new study suggests the answer is yes

(Newser) - An increasing number of women may be getting one or both breasts removed following a certain early stage breast cancer diagnosis without actually decreasing their odds of dying from the disease, the New York Times reports. A study published today comes to the conclusion that many thousands of women are... More »

Shannen Doherty Reveals Breast Cancer in Lawsuit

Blames former manager for screwing up her health insurance

(Newser) - Shannen Doherty revealed today that she has breast cancer that will likely require a mastectomy and chemo. But the revelation came in unusual fashion—via a lawsuit against her former management company, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The 44-year-old actress says Tanner Mainstain failed to pay her insurance premiums, which caused... More »

How a Dollar Bill Left Widower, 86, in Tears

Peter Bilello was stunned when his granddaughter showed it to him

(Newser) - All it took was the sight of a dollar bill to make Peter Bilello cry. The story goes back 50 years to when the Italian native, now 86, visited his mother back in Italy, ABC News reports. "My mother, she knew this girl," he says. "And my... More »

Food Network's Sandra Lee Has Breast Cancer

Will undergo double mastectomy; urges women to get screened

(Newser) - Food Network star Sandra Lee announced today that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will soon undergo a double mastectomy. The popular lifestyle personality and live-in girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo divulged the news on ABC's Good Morning America. The 48-year-old Lee says she found... More »

Nurse Undergoes Breast Surgery After Medical Mix-up

Elizabeth Dawes was wrongly told she had breast cancer

(Newser) - A mom in the UK has been left physically and emotionally scarred after the hospital where she worked as a breast care oncology nurse mixed up her own test results with another patient's and told her to undergo surgery to remove aggressive breast cancer. Four days after the 2013... More »

Breastfeeding Lowers Breast Cancer Deaths

Study finds that both breast cancer recurrence and mortality rates drop

(Newser) - It appears that women who breastfeed are imparting health benefits not just to their children but to themselves as well. So suggests a new study out this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involving 1,636 women with breast cancer; those who breastfed their babies were 30%... More »

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