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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 »

$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 »

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