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'Overdiagnosis' of breast cancer may be higher than thoughtupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 17:05:00

Q: The journal Annals of Internal Medicine has an article in it this week that talks about the "overdiagnosis" of breast cancer. What is that?

A teaching moment about politics and Komenupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 05:26:00

Karen Handel, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation vice president?and lightning rod in the group's public relations storm over Planned Parenthood funding--stepped down from her position Tuesday. For many it was almost a satisfying ending to an eye-opening incident. None of it should have come as a shock.

Giuliana Rancic's cancer battleupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 09:37:00

Giuliana Rancic announced that she will have a double mastectomy to fight breast cancer. A.J. Hammer reports

Christian publisher pulls Bible from shelves, anti-abortion advocates celebrateupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 10:34:00

A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn contributed to Planned Parenthood.

Giuliana Rancic 'doing really well' after double mastectomy updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 17:08:00

Giuliana Rancic is in good spirits after undergoing a successful double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.

Studies: New drug combinations slow down metastatic breast cancersupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

A new combination of treatments can help battle some forms of metastatic breast cancer and slow down the spread of the disease, according to two separate studies.

Breast cancer prevention, survivalupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 06:45:00

Dr. Drew and his guests discuss what people should understand about the risks of breast cancer.

Giuliana Rancic to undergo double mastectomyupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 06:16:00

Giuliana Rancic will have a double mastectomy after lumpectomies failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer.

Expensive breast cancer testsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on women paying more for better breast cancer testing.

When breast cancer tests get it wrongupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 12:21:00

Imagine going in for a cancer screening, and the technician turns to you and says, "We're finished, but if I push this button over here, the machine can detect even smaller cancers. But here's the hitch: You have to pay $700 if you want me to push this button."

Nurse, doctor see cancer from both sidesupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 10:43:00

When new patients worry they don't know how they'll get through breast cancer, Cindy Davis puts her hand on theirs and says, "I know, but I want to tell you, I truly know, because I went through this two years ago." NFL makes big statement for breast cancer awarenessupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 08:33:00

As fall descends and there's an autumn chill in the air, the behemoth of all sports months takes flight. Which only brings to mind one thing ... pink?

More false alarms, uncertain benefits seen with annual mammograms updated: Tue Oct 18 2011 15:12:00

Women who have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely than those who opt for annual screening to experience false-positive results and biopsies that turn out to be unnecessary, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Giuliana Rancic's breast cancer battleupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses Giuliana Rancic's cancer diagnosis and the dangers of IVF.

Giuliana Rancic: I have breast cancerupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 11:39:00

Giuliana Rancic said Monday that she has breast cancer, having discovered a tumor during a mammogram while undergoing another round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant.

Should I get screened for that?updated: Mon Oct 10 2011 10:42:00

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently announced that it is no longer recommending prostate cancer screening for men. Wanda Sykes: I Had a Double Mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 13:54:00

Rather than risk a reoccurrence of breast cancer, the comedian underwent radical surgery

Wanda Sykes: I had a double mastectomyupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 10:40:00

Wanda Sykes being outrageous -- that's expected. But for the actress-comedian to be serious? That's rare. Even when the issue is personal.

Does a breast reduction lower the risk of breast cancer?updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 06:36:00

I had breast reduction surgery two years ago and went from a size GG to DD. I wanted to know, does a reduction lower the risk of breast cancer or abnormalities in the breast?

After the mammogram storm, what should women do?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:29:00

Christie Hall began putting off mammograms long before debate about appropriate screening became a hot-button issue.

Is a breast fibroadenoma a precursor to cancer?updated: Wed Aug 03 2011 08:00:00

I had fibroadenoma [a benign breast tumor] and had it removed with surgery. I am 31 and I want to know if I can take precautions to prevent breast cancer or other related problems.

Mammogram technology may be doing more harm than goodupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:36:00

Many radiologists rely on specialized computer software to pinpoint suspicious areas in routine mammograms.

Drug that treats breast cancer found to prevent it, tooupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 21:35:00

Doctors and patients have a new tool to prevent breast cancer: A drug that is already approved for the treatment of the disease.

Are there new treatments for breast cancer?updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 08:05:00

I have inflammatory breast cancer and I have been through chemo and a double mastectomy. They found active cancer cells so the cancer has spread. The oncologist said she didn't think there was anything more they could do for me. I start radiation soon but she didn't think that that would be very helpful either. Is there anything out there that may help me?

Pregnant with cancerupdated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

When she found the lump in her breast, Jessica Denton had known she was pregnant with her first child for just a few days.

2010: Mammograms in 30s: No benefit?updated: Mon May 16 2011 08:09:00

In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.

Fewer mammograms being done, studies showupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

The use of mammograms has dipped since a medical task force made controversial recommendations that women in their 40s may not need to get breast cancer screenings every year, according to one of three small studies to be presented Monday.

2010: New mammogram researchupdated: Mon May 02 2011 09:03:00

A new study supports screening women for breast cancer after age 40. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

How can I make my mammogram hurt less?updated: Mon Feb 14 2011 08:38:00

I had my first mammogram yesterday and my breasts are still really sore. I am fairly small-chested, and the tech said that usually makes it hurt more. What can I do for the pain now, and is there anything I can do to make it hurt less next time?

Breast cancer surgery changingupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

A new study questions the way breast cancer surgery is done. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Removing fewer lymph nodes doesn't hurt breast cancer survivalupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

Women with early stage breast cancer that has spread to their lymph nodes may require less extensive surgery than previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Is soy linked to breast cancer?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 10:08:00

One of my neighbors has breast cancer. Her doctor has asked her to completely stop eating soy and its products, including edamame and tofu. My neighbor used to eat tofu at least three times a week before she got breast cancer. Is there a link between soy and breast cancer? Is there a potential that I will get breast cancer because I used to eat edamame?

Breast test furor fades but anger lingersupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:18:00

If you're a woman in your 40s, you probably remember how checking the health of your breasts became a point of national contention last year.

Cancer survivor's own fat gives her new breastsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

Elizabeth Anderson had to act fast when she learned she had advanced breast cancer in April 2009.

New options post-breast cancerupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains a new option to help breast cancer survivors who opt for surgery.

When a mammogram isn't enoughupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 10:15:00

When Hallie Leighton received the letter from her doctor with the results of her recent mammogram, she opened it tentatively, afraid of what it might say. Her mother and grandmother had both had breast cancer, and she didn't want to suffer the same fate.

Mammography still mattersupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 10:15:00

American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Dr. Otis Brawley shares his opinion on why mammography is still relevant. Martina Navratilova: I Am Cancer Freeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 09:07:00

After six weeks of radiation, the tennis legend feels "as good as new"

Should I get a mammogram?updated: Wed Sep 29 2010 08:24:00

Is it really worth it to get a mammogram? Should I be getting mammograms?

Study questions benefit of mammograms in women over 50updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 10:47:00

A new study released Thursday suggests mammograms might not be as effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer in women over 50 as previously thought.

Sexual problems the norm for breast cancer survivorsupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 08:32:00

Many middle-aged women report sexual problems, including a loss of libido and a less-than-satisfying sex life. Now a new study suggests these problems are even more common among women who have had breast cancer.

Study: Breast, ovary removal cuts cancer risk in high-risk womenupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 17:02:00

Women who have gene mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer can substantially reduce their chances of developing -- and dying from -- those cancers if they have their breasts or ovaries removed preemptively, according to a new study. Jon Wertheim: Cancer survivors come together to form dragonboat racing teamupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 14:56:00

It had been 29 years of clean living, almost three decades since her right breast -- "a lot of my womanhood, my female identity," she said -- had been removed because of cancer. She'd had a boyfriend at the time. He sent flowers to the hospital and never called again. "It was a really traumatic, dark time for me," recalls Peggy Frechione, now 60. And then it wasn't. She recovered, married, raised children in the Pittsburgh suburbs and held a job as a nurse. Her body cooperated; scan after scan came up clean.

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer riskupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 01:08:00

Millions of Americans already take fish oil to keep their hearts healthy and to treat ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. Now, a new study suggests that the supplements may also help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

Breast cancer vaccine tests promisingupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:56:00

Scientists at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic have developed a vaccine that was shown to prevent breast cancer tumors in mice.

Martina Navratilova has breast cancerupdated: Thu Apr 08 2010 00:36:00

Nine-time Wimbledon tennis champion Martina Navratilova said Wednesday she has breast cancer.

Legendary tennis star has breast cancerupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 23:06:00

Martina Navratilova tells CNN's Larry King about her battle with breast cancer.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says she has breast cancerupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 23:06:00

Nine-time Wimbledon tennis champion Martina Navratilova said Wednesday she has breast cancer. Martina Navratilova Has Breast Cancerupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 15:31:00

"I cried," the tennis legend, 53, tells PEOPLE. "It knocked me on my ass, really"

Is chemo causing my hands to shake?updated: Wed Mar 31 2010 08:38:00

How many, if any, cases of nervous system disorders have been reported because of A-C breast cancer chemotherapy? I'm 45 and had treatment at 39 and 40. I now experience a very exaggerated amount of shaking of the hands.

Heinz's form of cancer rare but treatableupdated: Wed Dec 30 2009 16:51:00

The recent revelation by Teresa Heinz, wife of U.S. Senator John Kerry, that she has been diagnosed with early-stage cancer in both of her breasts has likely left many women wondering, "Could this happen to me?" John Kerry's Wife in Treatment for Breast Cancerupdated: Thu Dec 24 2009 15:47:00

"I have had two operations and my prognosis for a full recovery is good," says Teresa Heinz

Drinking and cancer riskupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 10:28:00

A new study links consumption of alcohol with a recurrance of breast cancer. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Study: Moderate drinking ups risk of breast cancer returnupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 10:28:00

Breast cancer survivors who have just a few alcoholic drinks per week are more likely than women who drink little or no alcohol to see their breast cancer return, according to research presented today at an annual meeting of breast cancer specialists.

Soy may benefit breast cancer survivors, study saysupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 16:27:00

Women with breast cancer who eat more soy are less likely to die or have a recurrence of cancer than women who eat few or no soy products, according to a new study.

Senate OKs health care amendment on mammogram accessupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 20:43:00

The Senate took another step forward in the health care debate Thursday, casting its first votes on what is certain to be a long series of politically charged amendments.

A step back for women's healthupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 17:01:00

I've been digesting the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for two weeks now. And I'm still swallowing hard.

With mammograms, listen to the expertsupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 16:31:00

The new recommendations for breast cancer screening -- and the public debate surrounding them -- underscore the need to distinguish between rationing and establishing science-based standards of health care. That distinction will be crucial as we strive for better and more affordable care in the United States.

Task force defends mammogram guidelines, says it communicated poorlyupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 15:36:00

Members of a task force that issued controversial recommendations for breast cancer screenings defended the group's guidelines but acknowledged "poor" communication in explaining them to women. Melissa Etheridge Addresses Mammogram Controversyupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 09:28:00

The breast cancer survivor says she doesn't trust a healthcare system that profits off the sick

Cancer screenings under scrutinyupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 18:31:00

It's been a confusing week for women.

What's a woman to do?updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 18:31:00

Changes to two important screening guidelines for women this week. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen sorts it out.

New guidelines: Pap tests should start at age 21updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 09:56:00

Young women should have their first Pap test no sooner than age 21, regardless of when they become sexually active, say new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Earlier screening for cervical cancer may lead to unnecessary and possibly harmful treatments for an increasingly rare cancer, according to ACOG, the leading U.S. professional organization for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Will insurance cover screening?updated: Thu Nov 19 2009 15:54:00

What will it mean for insurance coverage if mammography guidelines change? Elizabeth Cohen reports.

'I want my mammograms!'updated: Thu Nov 19 2009 15:54:00

A government task force says women in their 40s don't need annual mammograms, but Sara Fought would beg to differ: She says she's alive today because a routine mammogram found cancer when she was 42.

Who decides about mammograms? Inside the task forceupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 09:41:00

Breast cancer surgeons, cancer organizations and even the White House are expressing concern about new screening recommendations issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

Mammogram debate growsupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 09:41:00

The fallout continues after a federal task force changed guidelines on mammograms. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in.

Mammogram policy 'unchanged'updated: Wed Nov 18 2009 19:02:00

Wolf interviews Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about mammograms.

U.S. health chief: No change on mammogram policyupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 19:02:00

A federal advisory board's recommendation that women in their 40s should avoid routine mammograms is not government policy and has caused "a great deal of confusion," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.

Breast 'awareness' trumps self-exams, docs sayupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 11:45:00

A vacation to Washington nearly a decade ago led to a life-changing revelation for Kathi Cordsen. Passing by a breast cancer awareness event, her mother blurted it out: Her doctor had just confirmed that she had breast cancer.

Mammogram study draws fireupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 11:45:00

Advocacy groups disagree with new guidelines about mammograms for women in their 40s. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Task force opposes routine mammograms for women age 40-49updated: Tue Nov 17 2009 11:19:00

Women in their 40s should not get routine mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, according to updated guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Many breast cancer surgery survivors report lingering painupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 15:42:00

Almost half of women who have breast cancer surgery still have pain or numbness two to three years later, according to a new study. Women younger than 40 who receive lumpectomies are at the greatest risk.

Tweens challenged by grown-up malady: Breast cancerupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 09:38:00

Hannah Powell-Auslam of La Mirada, California, had surgery this month to check her lymph nodes, just in case the breast cancer had spread.

Breast cancer care optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

After a breast cancer diagnosis, some rush to treatment. But as Elizabeth Cohen reports, experts say know your options.

Breast cancer patients: Don't rush, consider all your optionsupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 14:14:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

Breast cancer patients advised to consider optionsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 16:22:00

Less than an hour before her mastectomy was scheduled to begin, Eve Wallinga's surgeon gave her the bad news: Because of unforeseen complications, doctors wouldn't be able to reconstruct a new breast for her immediately after removing her cancerous breast as planned. She was told she'd have to wait another day for the plastic surgery.

Rocker battles breast cancerupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:24:00

Former KISS drummer, Peter Criss chats to Elizabeth Cohen out about the stigma of being a man battling breast cancer.

Original KISS drummer celebrates surviving breast cancerupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:24:00

A year after beating breast cancer, Peter Criss, a founding member of the rock band KISS, calls himself "the luckiest man in the planet."

How we're winning the war on breast cancerupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 13:09:00

I was 18 when I first felt a lump in my breast. Of course, I was convinced that I was going to die. This was three decades ago -- back when we knew far less about breast cancer. A general surgeon removed the lump, which, thank goodness, wasn't malignant.

Army of volunteers saves lives with clipboards, high spiritsupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

"We are an army," says Andrea Ivory of the group gathered with her early on a Saturday morning.

CNN Heroes: Andrea Ivoryupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 22:29:00

Andrea Ivory is bringing early detection to the doorsteps of uninsured women in Miami, Florida.

Drugs help prevent breast cancer but pose risks tooupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 12:19:00

Women at high risk of breast cancer can often lower that risk by taking medication, including drugs like tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene (Evista).

Bright Pink vs. breast cancerupdated: Thu Aug 27 2009 16:06:00

With more younger women choosing to be tested for the breast cancer gene, the Bright Pink foundation offers them education and support.

For Gen Y woman with cancer risk, 'it's just a boob'updated: Thu Aug 27 2009 16:06:00

It's Saturday night. Three young women are dressed to the nines at a trendy bistro on Rush Street in downtown Chicago. They're having drinks outside on the kind of summer night that makes you fall in love with the city.

Breastfeeding and cancer riskupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:13:00

Researchers find breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women. CNN's Melissa Long reports.

Breast-feeding may protect at-risk women from breast cancerupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 15:13:00

Women with a family history of breast cancer may have a new weapon against the disease: breast-feeding. In a new study of more than 60,000 women, nursing a baby for at least three months cut the risk of breast cancer in half for those who had a family history of the disease.

Doctor travels to Ghana for cancer answersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:50:00

Pioneer doctor Lisa Newman searches for answers to an aggressive form of breast cancer that targets black women.

Doctor journeys to Ghana for triple negative breast cancer cluesupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:50:00

For Dr. Lisa Newman, a 16-hour trip over two days from Michigan to Ghana in Africa is just part of the journey in uncovering clues about a rare form of breast cancer.

Living in the now: Cancer survivor finds her purpose in lifeupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Who knew that fighting breast cancer for the third time in seven years would reveal my purpose in life.

A cancer survivor's video diaryupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 12:28:00

Dawn Spencer shares her experiences with cancer.

Can breast cancer spread despite clear lymph nodes?updated: Wed Jun 17 2009 09:21:00

If breast cancer is caught in a very early stage, and a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy show no metastasis, can an HER-2 positive type of breast cancer appear later in the lungs, bones, liver, etc.? That is, spread to other parts of the body without any metastasis from the breast tissue itself?

Cancer death rate dropped nearly 20 percent in 15 yearsupdated: Fri May 29 2009 17:33:00

The death rate due to cancer has declined in the United States in recent years, largely due to better prevention and treatment. In fact, 650,000 lives were spared from cancer between 1990 to 2005, according to new statistics from the American Cancer Society.

Older women with breast cancer benefit from chemo tooupdated: Mon May 18 2009 12:35:00

Women with breast cancer in the United States have an average age of 63 when they are diagnosed, and the disease is more common in older women than younger.

ACLU sues over patents on breast cancer genesupdated: Thu May 14 2009 15:51:00

Myriad Genetics, a Utah-based company, vowed Wednesday to "vigorously defend" itself against a legal challenge to its patents on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers, its attorney told CNN.

Red wine carries same breast cancer risk as white wineupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 11:24:00

Attention red wine drinkers: Drinking moderate amounts of any kind of alcohol (including wine, beer, and liquor) is associated with a slightly increased breast cancer risk -- and the rosy-hued beverage is no exception.

Where's the cure for cancer?updated: Tue Mar 03 2009 10:54:00

President Obama's pledge to conquer cancer "in our time" is a great goal, but one of America's top cancer experts isn't sure he'd use the word "cure."

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