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  • Topless with a purpose

    Topless with a purpose

    Comedian Tig Notaro did a stand-up routine recently on cable TV, and I couldn't help but notice something unusual about her performance. I mean, beside the fact that she was topless. She was helping me, and an entire audience, feel a little less uncomfortable about breast cancer. As a result, Notaro...

  • Defective 'breast cancer' genes aren't just dangerous for women

    Defective 'breast cancer' genes aren't just dangerous for women

    Joe Scholten's sister had already beaten breast cancer and was battling ovarian cancer when she tested positive for a genetic mutation linked to both. He responded by doing something unusual: He got tested, too. That's how the District of Columbia resident discovered that he also carried the defective...

  • Better treatment for breast cancer hasn't boosted the benefit of mammograms, study says

    Better treatment for breast cancer hasn't boosted the benefit of mammograms, study says

    The goal of cancer screening is to reduce the number of cancer deaths by finding tumors when they are still small and, presumably, easier to treat. But a new study finds that in the case of breast cancer, improvements in treatment have barely changed the benefit of using mammograms as a screening...

  • Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    The 17-foot fishing and pleasure boat on display at a memorial service for John L. Champion spoke volumes about the man, who was so well-loved that friends decided to launch a Howard County nonprofit in his name. The Highland resident’s prized Boston Whaler served as a testament to his ability...

  • This may explain why more deaths aren't prevented by breast cancer screening

    This may explain why more deaths aren't prevented by breast cancer screening

    Although women have been getting mammograms for decades, the incidence of metastatic breast cancer — the kind that has already spread to another organ by the time it is found — has remained essentially unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute show that the rate of new cases...

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