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  1. nuclear testing

    BSGI: Effective for Detecting Breast Cancer In Dense and Non-Dense Breasts

    11.29.11

    This week the press has been reporting about the findings of a study on Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), also known as Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI). The study shows evidence that unlike mammography, BSGI/MBI is very effective in detecting breast cancer in women with dense and non-dense breasts. These findings will be presented at the  2011 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting being held all this week through Dec. 2, 2011 in Chicago ...

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  2. "Havastin" Doubts

    FDA withdrawing approval of Avastin for Breast Cancer

    11.21.11

    On Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner withdrew approval of Avastin for treatment of metastatic breast cancer (mBC) in the United States. The decision has produced a firestorm of concerned reactions by breast cancer patients who claim benefits from the drug.

    In 2008, FDA gave Avastin conditional approval--over the objections of some of its own advisers--when a study suggested that the drug could delay tumor growth in breast cancer patients whose ...

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  3. Bad Booze

    Teen girls who drink alcohol are at increased risk of breast cancer

    11.16.11

    This week there has been a spike in the chattersphere about teenage girls drinking. On Sunday, a study published in the medical journal Cancer concluded that teenage girls who drink alcohol and have a family history of breast cancer are increasing their own risk of the disease. In the study girls with a family history of breast cancer were twice more likely to develop benign breast disease when they become adults.

    Studies before this one ...

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  4. Promising shot

    Vaccine to Treat Breast and Ovarian Cancer Seems Promising

    11.9.11

    A vaccine that treats both breast and ovarian cancer showed promising results in a recent study published Nov. 8 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. The vaccine stimulates the immune system to recognize proteins produced specifically by cancer cells resulting in an increase of the survival of patients.

    The PANVAC vaccine, was administered monthly to 26 women with metastatic breast or ovarian cancer. The vaccination was associated with an median of a 2.5 month ...

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  5. Myth Busters

    9 Breast Cancer Myths: How much of what we know or we have read is actually true?

    10.31.11

    Today is the last day of October which means that it's the day of breast cancer awareness month.   It's been a month chalk full of information and events on the subject.  So in an effort to help us separate the facts from fiction and test what we really think we know, The American Cancer Society's blog "Expert Voices", lists a number of common statements we might have encountered. Let's find out ...

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  6. Maybe yes, Maybe no

    Have you heard of a test that could spare many breast cancer patients from chemo?

    10.24.11
    A few days ago there were reports on the Internet of a new test called Oncotype DX that estimates the risk of recurrence of the most common type of breast cancer called estrogen positive (ER+) breast cancer. Although the test is newly available in Britain, it has been available in the United States since 2004.
     
    More than half of the people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with breast cancer have estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+), lymph-node-negative cancer. This specific type of breast cancer is fueled by the hormone Estrogen. There are different ways to treat or approach the cancer when it has not reached the nodes--when the cancer is most likely still contained to the breast. Such cases are usually treated with hormonal therapies that block or lower estrogen. Nonetheless, a lot of patients in this scenario are ambivalent about whether or not they really need chemotherapy in addition to hormonal therapy. Both treatments often combined to help reduce the risk that the cancer will return or spread.
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  7. 30 Finalists

    Pink Well Challenge Finalists & the Ellen DeGeneres Award Winner

    10.18.11

    THE LESTER AND SUE SMITH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES

    30 FINALISTS IN $1 MILLION PINK WELL CHALLENGE

    BENEFITING BREAST CANCER ORGANIZATIONS

    Winner of special Ellen DeGeneres Pink Well Award to receive $25,000

    HOUSTON – (October 17, 2011) The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation announced 30 finalists in the Pink Well Challenge, a fundraising effort offering $1 million in matching grants to organizations engaged in breast cancer research, prevention, treatment and patient support throughout the U.S. The ...

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  8. Improve your odds

    The Four Steps That Can Save Your Life

    10.9.11

     The American Cancer Society estimates that 230,480 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer; 39,520 of them will die in 2011. That's is just for this year... but there is hope because when breast cancer is found early and is confined to the breast, 98 of 100 women will survive.

     These are the four simple steps you need to follow to improve your odds:

    1. Know your risk ...

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  9. More than words

    What to Say When Someone Has Cancer

    09.21.11

    Most of us have met at least one person affected by cancer and understand how difficult it can be to say the right words or to express our concern to a loved one, friend, really anyone affected with the disease.

    "Nearly 12 million people living in the United States today were diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives." writes Greta Greer, MSW, LCSW who is Director of Survivor Programs at the American Cancer ...

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  10. Eat Your Heart Out

    What the Average American Consumes in a Year

    09.13.11

    This latest chart shows "What the Average American Consumes in a Year."  We want to share it with our health conscious supporters here at The Pink Well. It was published by Derek Thompson (graphic via Sarah Kliff) in the online edition of The Atlantic magazine. 

    Here's the not-so-skinny take home: The average American (Male and Female combined) consumes nearly 2,000 lbs of food a year.  

    See the chart with a breakdown of the ...

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  11. Keeping Abreast

    Andrea Mitchell: When Breast Cancer News Becomes Breaking News

    09.8.11

    Earlier this week, well known journalist and NBC news anchor Andrea Mitchell announced that she has breast cancer. She made the announcement on MSNBC sharing that her cancer had been found early and that her prognosis is "terrific."  Normally, such an announcement would have ended there, greeted with well wishes and concern. Instead, some of Ms. Mitchell's words have sparked criticism from bloggers and journalists. 

    Much of their attention is centered on her claim ...

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  12. Art Meets Cause

    Breast Cancer = Silent Enemy: A Video Project by Photographer Malajim Rábago

    09.7.11

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month is nearly upon us. In The Pink Well's search to find interesting and relevant content to share with our supporters, we came across this artistic video posted only a few days ago.

    It's a breast cancer awareness campaign and photo project conceived by photographer Malajim Rábago.  While the video and music may not be professionally produced, we admire the originality and beauty of the images shown. 

    Ms. R ...

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  13. La vie en Rose

    Breast Cancer Awareness Images Slideshow

    08.31.11

    The month of October is breast cancer awareness month. The closer it gets, the more pinkification of the nation will spread to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, YouTube, as well as a bevy of articles in newspapers and magazines and stories on television and radio.

    So we decided to take a "digital pulse" of such pinkiness by searching the Internet for images with the words "breast cancer", "breast cancer awareness month", "breast cancer risk", etc...

    No ...

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  14. Not-So-Quick Fix

    Drug Shortages and a widespread sense of alarm

    08.25.11

    In the last few days there has been a lot of discussion about drug shortages from major newspapers to internet sites and cancer forums. It even prompted a statement from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizing the significant public health consequences that can result from drug shortages. There is also a statement from the American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley, M.D on where the ACS stands on this critical issue.

    According ...

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  15. No bada bing, bada boom

    Patrolling Cancer’s Borderlands

    08.22.11

    A recent New York Times Op-Ed article outlines three events that are emblematic of the most intricate challenges that cancer-controlling/patrolling agencies face today.

    First, in May when World Health Organization panel added cell phones to a list of things that are “possibly carcinogenic," it shed light on the first challenge to overcome: science. It is a very complex and continuously evolving process to identify new carcinogens--supported by consistent standards (or the lack thereof) in ...

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  16. Awesome shot

    Mayo Clinic Receives FDA Approval for Ovarian and Breast Cancer Vaccines

    08.18.11

    The Mayo Clinic has received an investigational new drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration for two new cancer vaccines designed0 to mobilize the body's defense mechanisms to destroy malignant cells. The approval clears the way for Phase I clinical trials with women treated for ovarian or breast cancer according to the Mayo Clinic news released yesterday on their website.

    Mayo Clinic immunologist Keith Knutson , Ph.D., developed the vaccines with his colleagues ...

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  17. Under Re-Construction

    Photo Essay "New Breasts to Go With My Cancer-Free Life" by Jo Beth Ravitz

    08.10.11

    At the Pink Well we wanted to share with our readers this photo essay by artist Jo Beth Ravitz, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is very illustrative of the breast reconstruction process a patient goes through after a mastectomy. She was diagnosed with stage I invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer on Halloween in 2003. She endured lumpectomies, double mastectomy and several surgeries for breast reconstruction. After a double mastectomy in 2004, while in ...

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  18. Zap Away R-F-A

    Have You Heard About a Cancer Treatment That Cooks Tumors to Death?

    08.5.11

    There is a non-surgical procedure used to treat inoperable cancers that has enjoyed growing use.   It's called Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and involves a minimally invasive procedure to literally "cook" the tumor away in only a matter of minutes.

    According to the Mayo Clinic website "Radiofrequency Ablation kills cancer cells by heating and destroying them. A physician inserts a thin needle guided by computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound through the skin and into the tumor ...

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  19. Twin Tech

    DNA Mapping Solves Mystery Illness for California Twins at Baylor College of Medicine

    08.1.11

    The Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine (HGSC) in Houston--led by its Director Dr. Richard Gibbs--is conducting research that is critical to finding a cure for cancer and many other diseases.

    Cancer spans more than 200 different diseases, yet regardless of the type, all cancers cause genomic changes that disrupt cellular pathways resulting in uncontrolled cell growth. A well-known, although staggering statistic is worth stating again: one in three people in ...

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  20. Pinky and the Brand

    12 Pink Ribbon Products that take the support of breast cancer to a whole new level

    07.28.11

    Most of us know that October is breast awareness month and already we are seeing a bevy of pink ribbon branded products materializing across the internet in preparation of the occasion. Some of these items might seem absurd but if they serve the noble purpose of bringing attention to help fight and find a cure to breast cancer, then we say "bring it on." 

    Click on the image to the left to see a slideshow ...

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