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Breast cancer tattoo photos lead to Facebook expulsion

A woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery has been booted from Facebook for showing examples of her work.

Social isolation may worsen breast cancer prospects

Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners – were 43 percent more likely to see their breast cancer return, 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a study recently published in the journal Cancer.

Some women with high breast density should get annual screenings, study says

An ambitious research effort published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine set out to tailor women’s breast cancer screening practices to match their actual risk of breast cancer. It concludes that a woman’s breast density should influence the frequency with which she is screened for breast cancer, in addition to such long-recognized breast cancer risk factors as age, ethnicity, personal history of abnormal breast findings and a family history of breast cancer.

Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50. It said 40-somethings should make their own choice after weighing the pros and cons.

Breast cancer survivors find support at 10th Komen Race for the Cure

Kristie Ryser and Audrey DeRosier released their pink survivor balloons Sunday morning before the start of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Spokane. Ryser, a Spokane Falls Community College student, reflected on her two-year fight with breast cancer and said she looks forward to earning a college degree and becoming an accountant.

Aerobic exercise fights breast tumors, study in mice suggests

Aerobic exercise is no friend to breast tumors, says a new study that suggests that regular physical activity may be a “novel adjuvant treatment” for women with breast cancer. New research conducted on mice found that a body that gets regular physical activity is a more hostile environment for cancer’s growth in breast tissue than is a sedentary body. And once breast cancer has gained a foothold, regular aerobic exercise makes a tumor more vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy.

Cancer-screening money available from Spokane health district

The Spokane Regional Health District wants to get the word out that it has money available for breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings. Over the past year, district officials have seen a puzzling drop in the number of clients served by the program, raising concerns that low-income community members aren’t getting the screenings.

Steam Plant smokestacks lit in pink for breast cancer awareness

You might have noticed a pink glow in Spokane’s skyline Wednesday night. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention to the importance of regular screenings and early detection.