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Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer

April 30, 2013

By Peggy Orenstein, New York Times Magazine

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a relatively common practice at the time — that would serve as a base line when I began annual mammograms at 40. I had no family history of breast cancer, no particular risk factors for the disease.

AACR News: Studies show increasing evidence that androgen drives breast cancer

April 12, 2013

Estrogen and progesterone receptors, and the gene HER2 – these are the big three markers and/or targets in breast cancer. Evidence presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 adds a fourth: androgen receptors.

Alcohol and Breast Cancer Survival

April 11, 2013

By Nicholas Bakalar, NY Times Well Blog

Alcohol consumption is known to increase the risk for breast cancer. But a new study suggests that moderate drinking has little effect on survival after diagnosis, and may reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease.