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Genomic Testing: A Powerful Weapon Against Breast Cancer
Abnormal genes can cause breast cells to grow out of control and become cancerous. By identifying specific gene mutations in tumors, doctors can provide improved targeted treatment for these breast cancers.
New Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Recommendations
Because her mother had ovarian cancer, actress, director and humanitarian Angelina Jolie underwent genetic testing. Should you? The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its latest recommendations.
Cancer Preventive Rx Too Risky for Most
Women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer may be prescribed risk-reducing medications. Because some of these medicines have serious side effects, recommendations regarding who should take them have changed.
Personalized Breast Cancer Prevention
The genetic make-up of a cancer can be critical information for treating the disease. Some medications are designed to zero in on specific genetic defects to treat the cancer. Could this info be used before the cancer forms?
Medications Do More Than Prevent Breast Cancer
If you knew of a pill that was proven to reduce your breast cancer risks, would you take it? What if that same medication upped your chances of developing another type of cancer – would you still take it?
Medicine Before Breast Cancer Strikes
Some women know they’re at high risk of developing breast cancer. The disease could run in the family or they may have a number of other risk factors. So, do medications reduce breast cancers in these women?
Possible Breast Cancer Prevention Strategy
The day has come when scientists are working on ways to prevent cancer from ever developing. It involves looking for certain genes in people at risk for various cancers.
Guiding Women's Cancer Prevention Steps
Did you know that if you're at high risk of developing breast cancer, there are drugs you can take to cut your risks in half? Would it be helpful for you to have a computer program that could guide you as you decide what's best for you?
Drug Helps Prevent Breast Cancer
A drug currently being used to treat breast cancer has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing the disease. The aromatase inhibitor, Aromasin (exemestane), helps post-menopausal women avoid breast cancer altogether.