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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 »

$249 Saliva Test Could Reveal Cancer Risk

Color Genomics aims to 'democratize access to genetic testing'

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley start-up is setting out to make genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer mutations not only easier, but more affordable for women. Color Genomics says it could "democratize access to genetic testing" for breast cancer risk genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 with a saliva test costing just... More »

Rita Wilson: I Had Double Mastectomy

Actress reveals her fight against breast cancer

(Newser) - Rita Wilson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but she tells People she's expected to make a full recovery. "Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction," she says, attributing... More »

Chemo Doesn't Have to Mean Baldness Anymore

Women saving their hair by freezing their scalps

(Newser) - Say the word "chemo" and what comes to mind? Cancer? Nausea? Hair loss? It seems that final association is, for some, becoming a thing of the past. The New York Times reports that some breast cancer patients are hanging on to the hair on their head, even as other... More »

Top Cancer Killer of Women in Rich Nations Shifts

Smoking drives the change

(Newser) - For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries. The reason is smoking, which peaked years later for women than it did for men. "We're seeing the deaths now" from lung cancer due to a... More »

Arsenic: A New Weapon Against Breast Cancer?

Mortality rates drop up to 70% in city with high amounts in water

(Newser) - You probably associate arsenic more with health problems than with health benefits, but it seems the chemical could actually help in the fight against breast cancer. The news comes from a study of a city in Chile. Between 1958 and 1970, Antofagasta had way too much arsenic in its water:... More »

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Star Dies

Marcia Strassman battled breast cancer for 7 years

(Newser) - An actress known to one generation as Gabe Kaplan's wife, Julie, on Welcome Back, Kotter and to another as the mom in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Marcia Strassman died Saturday at home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; she was 66,... More »

'Unprecedented' Study: Breast Cancer Drug Prolongs Life

Perjeta gives women about 16 extra months, study says

(Newser) - One of the most popular breast-cancer drugs on today's market is giving sufferers a significantly longer life, a new study says—as long as they can afford the $5,900 monthly price tag. In a clinical trial involving 808 women, those who took the drug Perjeta lived almost 16... More »

Breast Cancer Risk Expands With Your Waistline

Going up a size or 2 a decade increases risk of postmenopausal breast cancer

(Newser) - Obesity, especially when fat is concentrated in one's middle, is a known risk factor for cancer. But gaining weight throughout one's life has just been found to be another—at least when it comes to women and postmenopausal breast cancer. Researchers found that going up a size every... More »

Study: The 'Angelina Effect' Persists

After Jolie's double mastectomy, an increase in breast cancer clinic referrals

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie revealed in May 2013 that she'd undergone a double mastectomy after finding out she carried the "breast cancer gene"; what followed was an increase in referrals to breast cancer clinics. British researchers, who call the upswing "the Angelina Jolie effect," say it has been... More »

Woman Beats Cancer, Dies in Freak Bucket-List Fall

Mom of 2 recently beat breast cancer after 4 years of chemo

(Newser) - After four years of chemo in facing down—and recently beating—breast cancer, 51-year-old Geraldine Jones set out to fulfill a "lifelong dream" of riding a horse on her favorite stretch of beach in South Wales as a way to "appreciate every moment," a close friend tells... More »

Light at Night May Interfere With Breast Cancer Drug

Even dim light suppresses melatonin, which appears to make tumors resist treatment

(Newser) - Light at night has already been widely linked to poorer sleep quality , but now even dim light is being shown to interfere with a breast cancer drug's ability to do its job. So says a new study on rats out of Tulane University School of Medicine, which found that... More »

Joan Lunden: I Have Breast Cancer

Former 'GMA' co-host returns to show to reveal diagnosis

(Newser) - Joan Lunden returned to Good Morning America today to reveal that she's fighting breast cancer. Lunden, 63, co-hosted the morning show from 1980 to 1997, and she sat down with current co-host Robin Roberts, who's had her own health struggles recently. Lunden said she has "the aggressive... More »

Study Links Red Meat to Breast Cancer, But...

...experts are skeptical

(Newser) - Women who eat a lot of red meat early in life have a moderately higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study, though experts not involved with the Harvard research are skeptical. The study tracked 89,000 women aged 24 to 43 and concluded that women who ate... More »

Tech Gets Jail for Faking 1.3K Mammogram Results

But victims shocked by 6-month sentence

(Newser) - A radiological technologist who falsified more than 1,000 mammograms in a small town in Georgia got off far too easy, say women who were horrified to learn of the deception. Rachael Rapraeger, 33, was sentenced to six months in a detention center earlier this month for assuming the identities... More »

'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 »

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