This summer, Angelina Jolie announced that she had both her breasts removed to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Her story got a lot of people talking. But they didn't necessarily learn more about the genetics of breast cancer risk.
December 13, 2013 Who wouldn't want something better than mammograms for breast cancer screening? But machines that extract breast fluid to look for abnormal cells aren't it, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Still, some doctors have been offering the test to patients.
December 3, 2013 A new kind of mammogram that takes many X-rays to make a three-dimensional image can help doctors find cancer and reduce false alarms. But it's still unclear who might benefit from the technique, and whether it's worth the higher cost and double dose of radiation.
October 25, 2013 Imagine a device that would help men correct course when they mess up while trying to support the women they love. One breast cancer husband who did just about everything wrong when his wife was diagnosed says he would have welcomed a little back-seat driving.
September 9, 2013 Women who died of breast cancer were less likely to have had a mammogram in the past two years, researchers found. That was particularly true among younger women. Even though breast cancer is rarer in the young, the tumors can be more aggressive.
August 5, 2013 The question of how to treat ductal carcinoma in situ is roiling the medical profession, and making for tough choices for women. The condition may never become invasive cancer. But some women choose to have mastectomies rather than live with uncertainty.
June 17, 2013 Dr. Judith Salerno, a geriatrician, is replacing Nancy Brinker, the cancer philanthropy's founder and longtime chief executive. The change comes more than a year and a half after a decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood plunged the group into controversy.
June 5, 2013 The Komen foundation has attributed the drop in walk participation, in part, to a crummy economy. But it's clear the organization underestimated the reaction to its short-lived decision in early 2012 to discontinue funding for breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood.
May 31, 2013 Mastectomies have become increasingly popular for women with breast cancer. That's a big turnaround from the 1980s, when women abandoned mastectomy in favor of breast-saving lumpectomy.
May 15, 2013 When Angelina Jolie went public about her preventive mastectomy, women who have struggled with the same tough choices spoke out about the dilemmas of medical choice.
May 14, 2013 Doctors have seen a sharp increase in the number of women choosing breast surgery to prevent cancer. But the genetic mutation that contributed to Angelina Jolie's decision is relatively rare, and the vast majority of women who choose prophylactic mastectomy don't face the same level of risk.
May 14, 2013 Jolie, 37, wants other women to hear of her decision. She chose to have the surgery after learning that she carries the "faulty" BRCA1 gene. Studies show women with that gene have a much greater chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.