Stories about Breast Cancer

Actress Angelina Jolie (R) and her mother Marcheline Bertrand pose together at the premiere of Jolie's film "Original Sin" in Hollywood in this July 31, 2001 file photo. Oscar-winning actress Jolie said on May 14, 2013 that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after finding out she had a gene mutation that leads to a sharply higher risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie, writing in the New York Times, said her mother's death from cancer at 56 and the discovery that she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation led to her decision out of fears she might not be around for her six children.

Jolie’s revelation about preventive mastectomy spurs praise, concerns

By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune on May 15, 2013, at 9:17 a.m.
CHICAGO — Angelina Jolie’s announcement Tuesday that she has a genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer that led her to undergo a preventive double mastectomy has raised awareness about the procedure and concerns among physicians and other experts. The actress revealed that she carries a “faulty” gene, BRCA 1, …
Emily Notestein selling plants at a spring garden festival soon after she had surgery for breast cancer.

My mom has cancer: How far can an upbeat attitude take her?

By Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post on April 03, 2013, at 9:43 a.m.
A few weeks ago, I took my mom shopping for a refrigerator to replace the one that had been in the kitchen since the Nixon administration. Pleasantries with the salesman took a more somber turn when he revealed that his wife has breast cancer and is seeking to heal herself …

Advanced breast cancer rising in women 25 to 39, research shows

By Carol M. Ostrom, The Seattle Times on Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.
SEATTLE — The likelihood that a woman in the age range of 25 to 39 will be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer has steadily increased since the mid-1970s, researchers from Seattle Children’s and Oregon Health and Science University have found. Analyzing data from hundreds of thousands of cases collected in …

For every life saved by breast cancer screening, 3 women overdiagnosed

By Chris Wickham, Reuters on Oct. 30, 2012, at 8:45 a.m.
LONDON — Breast-cancer screening saves lives even though it also picks up cases in some women that would never have caused them a problem, according to a review published in The Lancet medical journal. The independent review, commissioned by the charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Britain’s Department of Health, …

After Komen controversy, Planned Parenthood to boost breast health services

By Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2012, at 8:51 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood officials will announce Monday their plan to direct $3 million in donations to a new breast health initiative, offering new preventive services and expanding educational materials. The donations had come in a surge earlier this year after Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it was …

Doctors call out Komen for overselling mammograms

By Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News on Aug. 06, 2012, at 8:47 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS — Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest breast-cancer advocacy group, was criticized by doctors for overstating the benefits of mammograms and failing to tell women about the risks in its last public advertising campaign. The most recent Komen ads urged regular mammograms and implied that skipping them …

Pfizer ordered to pay $45M in Prempro cases

By Jef Feeley, Bloomberg News on Jan. 04, 2012, at 4:04 p.m.
Pfizer Inc. must pay more than $45 million in damages to two women who blamed the company’s menopause drugs for their breast cancers, an appeals court has ruled. Connie Barton and Donna Kendall, two Illinois women who sued Pfizer units Wyeth and Pharmacia & Upjohn over their menopause medications, deserved …
Rachel Midgett of Houston, Texas, center, heads down to the start line with friends Laura Kopytkiewicz, left, and Ashley Paulsen to run in the half marathon of the Las Vegas Marathon in Las Vegas, in this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Afflicted with breast cancer, Midgett has been taking the drug Afinitor for the last nine months and said that the cancer has not progressed in that time period, longer than other cancer drugs she has taken in the past.

New breast cancer drugs hold promise

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer on Dec. 08, 2011, at 9:13 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO — Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse. In a large international study, an experimental drug from Genentech called pertuzumab held …

Why block a test that saves lives?

By Michael Milken, Prostate Cancer Foundation on Oct. 13, 2011, at 5:47 p.m.
Forty years ago, my mother-in-law learned from a mammogram at age 57 that she had breast cancer. We immediately sought the best available treatment. She lived for many happy years and enjoyed precious time with her grandchildren. Would she have died sooner without the mammogram? I don’t know. But here’s …

Mammogram rates decline after women give up hormone therapy

By Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News on Aug. 23, 2011, at 12:42 p.m.
American women who gave up hormone therapy after a study linked the menopause treatment to breast cancer and heart disease also cut back on mammograms, perhaps as a result of fewer doctor visits, researchers said. Mammography rates fell in 2005 for the first time since at least 1987, stumping public …
Survivors of cancer kick off the Penobscot County Relay For Life on May 21 at Morse Field at the University of Maine in Orono.

Penobscot Relay for Life tops fundraising hopes with $192,000

on May 23, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.
ORONO — The Relay For Life of Penobscot County surpassed fundraising expectations this year, with more than $192,000 in donations confirmed as of May 21. The annual event had set a net goal of $176,000, but with a record number of teams and participants, the 2011 Relay for Life of Penobscot …
Breast cancer survivor Jeff Bennett of Bangor (second row left), helped to organize a fundraiser Saturday at the Bangor Mall to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Bennett, who was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, did three spin classes at center court and during a break said "cancer doesn't have to control your life." Several local celebrities, including WABI meteorologist Todd Simcox (back row left), participated.

Cyclists put mettle to the pedal for cancer fund

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 29, 2011, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR | There are three reasons that about 75 local residents got onto stationary bikes in the center of the Bangor Mall on Saturday: to raise awareness of cancer, to raise funds to fight the deadly disease, and to promote health and wellness, organizers said. Among the pack of …

Pilots fly Mainers to the care they need

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 22, 2010, at 7:29 p.m.
BAR HARBOR,  Maine — When Evin Carson learned she needed a mastectomy, she knew right away she wanted to have it done in Boston, where her family had lived for many years. But, in addition to coping with her breast cancer and a harrowing regimen of surgeries, blood tests, chemotherapy …

Pittsfield Breast Cancer Walk scheduled Saturday

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 14, 2010, at 10:08 p.m.
PITTSFIELD — Sebasticook Valley Hospital will hold its 16th annual Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, with the proceeds providing free mammograms to uninsured or underinsured people in the Pittsfield area. The walk, which begins at 8:45 a.m., usually attracts hundreds of people and raises more than $20,000. Last year, Sebasticook …

Free mammograms offered at MCMH

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 05, 2010, at 9 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is offering free mammograms 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, to help mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mainers who have no insurance, do not qualify for the Breast and Cervical Health Program or have a high deductible may call 664-5492 for …