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Shannen Doherty Shows Off New Hair After Cancer Remission

Her locks are getting curly

(Newser) - Shannen Doherty's hair is growing back following chemotherapy for breast cancer , and the actress has been showing it off on Instagram . "I think my husband and I are morphing into each other..... #twins #curlyhairdontcare," she said in one recent post highlighting the similarity of her locks and... More »

Potential Cancer Fighter in the Pantry: Red Onions

Especially ones from Ontario, suggests new study

(Newser) - Have an appetite for onions? Your body could be benefitting in ways scientists are just beginning to understand. In the latest study on what may well be a superfood, scientists at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, report in the journal Food Research International that red onions in particular... More »

Olivia Newton-John: Back Pain Was Actually Cancer

Reveals breast cancer diagnosis, cancels tour

(Newser) - Olivia Newton-John says she has breast cancer and is canceling her June tour. The 68-year-old singer said Tuesday she initially thought she was suffering from back pain, but learned it was "breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum." Newton-John said she will complete "a short course... More »

Even One Drink a Day Can Up Breast Cancer Risk

Regular physical activity, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect

(Newser) - Just one alcoholic drink per day—even a teeny one—may not bode well for women on the breast cancer front, reports the Washington Post . That's the conclusion of a large-scale review by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research fund that took a closer... More »

Removal of Healthy Breast Increasing in Cancer Patients

And it's unclear exactly why

(Newser) - In 2004, one in 10 American women under the age of 45 with cancer in one breast opted to have the second, healthy breast removed as well. Just eight years later, it had increased to one in three women, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery . When looking... More »

Lawsuit: Tiffany Pushed Out Worker With Cancer Mutation

She lost her job after having breast, ovaries removed

(Newser) - A former employee of Tiffany & Co. says the jewelry maker pushed her out after she had her breasts and ovaries removed to avoid getting cancer. Lisa O'Rourke alleges in a federal lawsuit that the company discriminated against her because she carries a gene mutation that put her at... More »

Studies: Cooling Caps Help Chemo Patients Keep Hair

Up to two-thirds of breast cancer patients kept more than half their hair

(Newser) - Cooling caps are massively popular with European chemo patients and have been making inroads into the US , but two studies published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association offer some of the first clinical proof of their effectiveness. In one study , approximately two-thirds of breast cancer patients lost... More »

Ominous Stats on the Women's Cancer Horizon

A 60% rise in deaths by 2030, per an ACS report

(Newser) - Two disturbing reports were issued this week on the cancer front, with one noting women will see a spike in cancer deaths over the next decade or so—5.5 million cancer deaths by the year 2030. The other report adds that women afflicted with breast cancer alone could nearly... More »

Alcohol Causes 7 Types of Cancer—at Least

Drink only a little? You're still at risk

(Newser) - Health experts are calling for warning labels on booze, like those on tobacco products, based on a new study that finds alcohol is a direct cause of at least seven forms of cancer. Drink only a little? You're still at risk, scientists write in the journal Addiction . After reviewing... More »

Shannen Doherty Shaves Head in Cancer Fight

Actress shares images on Instagram

(Newser) - Shannen Doherty has taken to Instagram to show her fans a challenging moment: The 45-year-old actress shaved her head amid her fight with breast cancer, reports US Weekly . Doherty reveals the process in a series of photos with her mother, Rosa Elizabeth Doherty, and a friend, Anne Marie Kortright. Here... More »

Billy Joel, Cuomo Launch Motorcycle Ride

To raise breast cancer awareness in New York state

(Newser) - New York's governor will ride alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer before signing legislation that expands access to screenings for the disease. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will begin his ride Monday morning at Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island, reports... More »

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 »

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