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( No excuses: women over 40 need to find out more about mammograms


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What does this mean for us as women? For the football fans among us, it means the joy of seeing professional NFL players, usually legend for their toughness, wearing pink gloves, pink shoes and throwing balls with pink ribbons emblazoned on them. Even superstar Denver Broncos Von Miller, who has a lot on his plate during football season, is taking a stand and promoting breast cancer awareness.

For the scientifically bent among us, October means reading up on the recent advances in breast cancer treatment. Latest publications suggest the most promising development has been the increased understanding of the molecular biology of cancer cells. In breast cancer, this has resulted in novel therapies, such as the use of antibodies like Herceptin, to target tumor cells and leave normal cells alone. In addition, there has been an important trend toward less surgery for breast cancer. Possibly in the best news of all, because the treatment of breast cancer is multidisciplinary, there are important advances happening every year in most of the areas of practice.


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