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Smart Woman: Breast Cancer Treatment Advances

The nation's top breast cancer experts are meeting this week in Texas, revealing findings of the latest research and advances in treatment.
Some women, over 65, diagnosed with low grade breast cancer that is fueled by hormones may be able to avoid radiation. New research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium looked at hundreds of older patients treated with or without radiation and found no difference in overall survival and small differences in recurrence rates after five years.

There's been a lot of recent studies with varying results on the benefits of mammography. Researchers for the American Cancer Society took another look at the data from four large studies. They say when they focused the findings specifically on women over 50, there was a clear benefit to screening.

Studies show that African American women are more likely to get aggressive breast cancers and now new research finds vigorous exercise may offer protection. Women in the study did exercise including brisk walking, tennis and aerobics.
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