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Oklahoma man urges breast cancer screening for men after personal diagnosis

Four years ago, Anthoney Merka’s wife and daughter were trying to tickle him when his wife suddenly stopped because she thought she felt something. Six months later, Merka went to the doctor, where he was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Group Of Breast Cancer Survivors Pens Book To Empower Others

A Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to supporting women who are battling breast cancer is launching part two of a project designed to empower survivors.

“It’s like you are going along in this beautiful weather and a storm comes upon you,” says Tamika Williams.

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How to talk to your doctor about breast cancer

Dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. As a patient, you need a lot of answers, but may not even know how to ask the right questions to find out what you need.

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Examining mitochondrial DNA may help identify unknown ancestry that influences breast cancer risk

Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person’s risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds.

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Research Holds Promise Of Leading To Ways To Stop Breast Cancer From Spreading Throughout The Body

In a paper published yesterday in the journal Cancer Research, a team of researchers from the Institute of Cancer Research in London and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg identified a key element in the process through which breast cancer metastisizes. The research holds out promise that targeting this element may reduce deaths from breast cancer by preventing or at least hindering its spread to other parts of the body.

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Certain Hispanic women more likely to die of breast cancer than others

If you are Mexican or Puerto Rican, you are more likely to die from breast cancer than other Hispanic women in the U.S., according to a study released Thursday that could have significant implications for the treatment and care of Latino women.

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Scientists identify genes that disrupt response to breast cancer treatment

In breakthrough research on breast cancer, a team discovered that higher levels of the nuclear transport gene XPO1 indicate when a patient is likely to be resistant to the popular drug tamoxifen.

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How Do Breast Cancer and Metastatic Breast Cancer Differ

One of the biggest misconceptions about breast cancer is that all breast cancers are alike and they can be cured but nothing could be further from the truth.

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Radiologists detect breast cancer in ‘blink of an eye’

A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in collaboration with researchers at the University of York and Leeds in the UK and MD Andersen Cancer Center in Texas puts to the test anecdotes about experienced radiologists’ ability to sense when a mammogram is abnormal.

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Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says

When is it safe for a woman with breast cancer to skip chemotherapy? A new study helps answer that question, based on a test of gene activity in tumors. It found that nearly half of women with early-stage breast cancer who would traditionally receive chemo can avoid it, with little risk of the cancer coming back or spreading in the next five years.

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How Having Low Expectations May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment

Women expecting the worst from breast cancer treatment experienced more side effects, in a new study.

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Breast Density Matters for Cancer Screening, Study Finds

For some women over 50, the density of their breasts could affect how often they should be screened for breast cancer, based on a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Two Genes Identified As Indicators Of Breast Cancer Survival Rates

There are two genes in the body that can help in identifying women who have breast cancer and higher risks of dying from the disease, said researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research.

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Guidelines Set Safe Surgery Margins for Breast Cancer

New surgery guidelines for certain breast cancer patients could reduce both unnecessary surgeries and recurrence rates, three U.S. cancer groups say.

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How much a decade of obesity raises your cancer risk

The longer a woman is overweight or obese, the more her risk of cancer may increase along with the time.

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Weight Watchers And The American Cancer Society Launch Initiative To Support Holistic Health For Breast Cancer Survivors

Today, Weight Watchers International, Inc.(WTW) launched Project L.I.F.T. – Live Inspired, Fight Together – a new movement, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, to inspire and guide breast cancer survivors with free resources focused on tackling the unexpected weight gain that can follow breast cancer treatment.

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Loophole for cancer cells found

Many cancers only become a mortal danger if they form metastases elsewhere in the body. Now researchers have discovered that cancer cells kill blood vessel cells so that they can slip through the vascular wall and form metastases.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Praises ‘Brave Friend’ Shannen Doherty Amid Breast Cancer Battle

Sarah Michelle Gellar is standing by her friend Shannen Doherty in the actress’ continuing fight against cancer.

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Woman battling stage 4 breast cancer uses beauty pageant to inspire

Lots of women enjoy getting dolled up, but wearing red or nude lipstick and a stylish outfit offer more than amusement for 36-year-old Sarah White— looking her best gives her strength to continue fighting for her life.

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Are You Just a Number? How New Healthcare Value Frameworks Miss the Point

New value frameworks in health care have emerged due to increasing cost pressures. Although value frameworks can be useful tools, they should be used to complement the patient-physician treatment decision-making process, rather than substitute for it.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Program May Reduce Psychological and Physical Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors

A mindfulness-based stress-reduction program for breast cancer survivors was associated with psychological and physical symptom benefits during and at 6 weeks after intervention, according to a randomized trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

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Cancer Survivor and Organ Donor: Can You Be Both?

Should you be listed as an organ donor on your driver’s license if you are a cancer survivor? Maybe.

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Mom with Breast Cancer Dreams Up ‘Glam Chemo’ Photo Project

It was her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, and Marquina Iliev-Piselli was trying to think positively as she watched one powerful drug after another be pumped into a port in her chest at Weill Cornell Breast Center in New York.

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In vitro fertilization does not increase risk of breast cancer, study finds

A new study suggests that women undergoing fertility treatment are not at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The study, published Tuesday in JAMA, compared the rates of breast cancer in women who have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) with women who have not.

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New Study Shows Top Concern for Breast Cancer Patients Is Maintaining Daily Routine, Second Only to Life Expectancy Business Wire July 20, 2016

In its ongoing efforts to support the fight against breast cancer, Ford Warriors in Pink recently commissioned a series of surveys seeking to identify the top concerns and day-to-day challenges of patients in treatment, as well as to examine the state of awareness of the disease among American adults today. The study was conducted as part of the Warriors in Pink More Good Days initiative.

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80 Pounds Down and Cancer-Free: How Zumba Saved This Woman’s Life

If you skip out on dance workouts for fear of embarrassment, let Paula Jacobs be your inspiration. Paula transformed her body, battled cancer, and found a new career all because of Zumba.

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Researchers developing quick, inexpensive test to assess ER+ breast cancers

Researchers are teaming with industry to develop a quick and inexpensive test to predict which women with ER+ breast cancer need chemotherapy and which need only the more tolerable hormonal therapy.

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Exercise improves memory in breast cancer survivors

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is related to improved subjective memory in breast cancer survivors, who often complain about memory problems, reports a new study. It appears the physical activity alleviates stress and benefits women psychologically, which in turn aids their memory.

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Study: Following cancer guidelines may help reduce cancer mortality

Adhering to cancer prevention guidelines may reduce both the incidence and mortality rates of cancer in both men and women, according to review published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomakers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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Why Do More Black Women Die of Breast Cancer? A Study Aims to Find Out

Black women are at a greater risk of dying of breast cancer and of suffering from aggressive subtypes of the disease. Recent advances in survival rates among women of other races haven’t applied to them, and scientists aim to better understand why through a large study.

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Biden Gives a Peek at What’s to Come for Cancer Moonshot

A corporate-government partnership to improve U.S. veterans’ access to personalized cancer treatments will highlight a nationwide series of gatherings and events Wednesday detailing of Vice President Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” program.

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Study Finds Very Low Breast Density Linked to Worse Breast Cancer Prognosis

Researchers from Finland recently discovered that women with a very low breast density, detected by mammography scans, often have a worse prognosis if they develop breast cancer

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Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment

Smoking may blunt the effectiveness of a certain kind of breast cancer treatment, new research suggests.

Among breast cancer patients taking a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, smokers had a three times greater risk of their cancer returning than nonsmokers, the investigators found.

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Can Good Bacteria Protect Against Breast Cancer?

It seems like every day another story comes out about how certain types of bacteria are good for you. But while most of the recent research has focused on the kinds of bacteria found in your gut and consumed in food, a new Applied and Environmental Microbiology study finds that when it comes to breast cancer, the best bugs may be the ones in your boobs.

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Independence Day Through The Eyes Of A Breast Cancer Survivor

The 4th of July has always been a huge celebration in our country to commemorate our independence from England so many centuries ago. There are parades and cook outs and fireworks galore. Many people travel at this time because the kids are out of school and the holiday allows for an extra vacation day. But I can’t help but wonder whether the true meaning of the holiday often gets lost in the midst of this lazy, hazy day of summer.

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This Mom Adopted Her Friend’s 6 Kids Before She Died From Cancer

When Beth Laitkep was fighting for her life in the hospital, she found unwavering support from her best friend, Stephanie Culley.

While the pair had been close since their days working together as teenagers, their relationship evolved as Stephanie became a critical part of not only her friend’s battle with breast cancer but also in the lives of Beth’s six children.

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Billy Joel to Join NY Gov. Cuomo on Breast Cancer Motorcycle Ride

New York’s governor will ride alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer before signing legislation that expands access to screenings for the disease

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We’re in the middle of a cancer-treatment revolution — here’s what’s keeping us from beating the disease

It’s an optimistic time for cancer treatment.

With success stories like President Jimmy Carter, who declared he was cancer-free only a few months after sharing that he’d been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, new immunotherapy treatments like the one he used are creating a sea change in the way cancer is treated.

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Has breast MRI been performed upside down?

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds changes in patient positioning for MRI from imaging to surgery results in deformation and displacement of the tumor during surgery

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Body image after breast cancer

If you are feeling strong emotions like anger or sadness because of your own experience with body image and cancer, you are not alone. Body image describes how a person perceives their physical self.  For most people, body image changes gradually over time in response to physical changes often connected with aging.

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Unlikely drug may block breast cancer in high-risk women

Scientists might have just pinpointed a nonsurgical way for women at a high risk of breast cancer to minimize their chances of developing the devastating disease.

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Understanding the resistance to treatments against breast cancer

Estrogens are responsible for the survival and proliferation of tumor cells in 70 percent of breast cancer cases. Nearly a third of the patients develop a resistance to anti-estrogen treatments such as tamoxifen after a few years.

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New research provides hope for patients with hard-to-treat breast cancer

Cancer Research UK scientists have found a new way to slow the growth of the most aggressive type of breast cancer, according to research published in the journal Oncogene.

 

 

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Anemic New York Legislature May Be More Active at End of Session

BREAST CANCER- The governor’s connection to this issue is personal: His longtime girlfriend, Sandra Lee, was found to have breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy last year. Mr. Cuomo has pushed for more screening, and used it as a final emotional anecdote during his State of the State address in January

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Young Breast Cancer Survivors Bare All on Skin Wars Episode June 8, 201

This Wednesday, June 8, 2016 a very special episode of GSN’s Skin Wars will be broadcast. The remaining artists paint five extraordinary young women who have faced breast cancer.

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Trial to investigate link between weight, fitness and cancer recurrence

A large trial is being launched this summer to establish whether diet and exercise regimes should be prescribed by doctors for women who have had breast cancer in the same way that they prescribe drugs, to prevent the disease returning and potentially save lives.

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Mediterranean diet may help stop breast cancer coming back, study says

Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil, may help prevent breast cancer returning, according to a study presented at a major international cancer conference.

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ASCO 2016: Metformin Holds Promise for Cancer Treatment, Prevention

Use of Metformin – commonly used as the front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes – improves survival for some breast cancer patients, and shows promise as a treatment for patients diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, according to the results of two new studies presented by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

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Extending Estrogen Suppressor May Aid Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

Women with early-stage breast cancer could benefit from taking an estrogen-suppressing drug for 10 years rather than the standard five, researchers reported here on Sunday, citing the results of a new study.

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The Challenges and Strategies of Breast Cancer Survivorship Care

Breast cancer is the second most common malignancy in women and has an approximately 90% 5-year survival rate in the United States following treatment of early-stage disease. There are approximately 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and caring for this population can be fraught with challenges, including managing long-term treatment side effects, reducing the risk of recurrence, and screening for new cancers.

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When ‘Less is More’ in Breast Cancer Treatment

The overtreatment of breast cancer has received much recent attention, with articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other outlets tackling the issue. Recent studies have indicated that some commonly used breast cancer treatments, from the use of double mastectomy in women with early breast cancer to the use of mastectomy or radiation therapy in ductal in situ carcinoma (DCIS), are not always needed and may put patients at risk of adverse effects without sufficient potential for benefit.

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What You Need to Know About the World’s Biggest Cancer Conference

On Friday, more than 30,000 cancer doctors, scientists, public officials, patient advocates, investors, and life science executives will descend upon Chicago’s cavernous McCormick Place convention center for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual meeting (June 3-7).

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ESPN’s Shelley Smith Discusses Her Breast Cancer Treatment

Every spring, 32 multimillion-dollar corporations gather in one location to handpick the largest, strongest, fastest young men in America. Millions of people huddle around television sets to watch the proceedings on the television network ESPN.

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US Records 15.5 Million Cancer Survivors As Of January 2016

As of January 2016, the number of cancer survivors in the United States is at 15.5 million and the American Cancer Society (ACS) expects it to increase to 20 million after 10 years, a new report has revealed.

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AstraZeneca Reports Positive Phase III Data on Faslodex

AstraZeneca plc AZN announced positive data from a phase III study (FALCON) on its breast cancer drug, Faslodex (fulvestrant/500mg), for the treatment of locally-advanced or metastatic breast cancer in post-menopausal women who have not received prior hormonal treatment for hormone-receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer.

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Sisters diagnosed with breast cancer weeks apart

Utah sisters Sharee Page and Annette Page share almost everything, including breast cancer.

The siblings found out they had cancer two weeks apart, AP reports. They both have the BRCA2 gene, a mutation that puts a woman at a much greater risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

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Prevention of genetic breast cancer within reach

About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Causes can be the use of synthetic sex hormones and other environmental factors, but also gene mutations like in the BRCA1 gene (BReast CAncer). US actress Angelina Jolie who underwent a preventive double mastectomy is the most famous carrier of a “faulty” BRCA1 gene. On average, women with this mutation have an up to 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

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Biden to Host National Cancer Research Summit in Washington

Vice President Joe Biden will bring together scientists, oncologists, donors and patients for a national conference on cancer research in Washington, the White House said Tuesday.

 

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Daughters lead ‘Mahj On’ breast cancer to honor moms

“Cancer doesn’t run in our family, so why did this happen to us?”

That’s what Alexis Miller said she was thinking when she found out two years ago that her mom, Blair Miller had breast cancer.

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CDK4/6 Inhibitor Abemaciclib Most Active Against Breast Cancer, NSCLC

New results from a Phase 1 clinical trial that tested Eli Lilly’s investigational CDK4/6 inhibitor abemaciclib confirms the treatment showed clinical activity against several cancer types, including breast cancer, melanoma, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) — indicating that abemaciclib is in line to become an FDA-approved CDK4/6 inhibitor.

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Breast cancer drug discovery offers hope of new treatments

Scientists have identified a chemical compound that is highly effective at blocking the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

The compound — called eCF506 — targets a molecule called Src tyrosine kinase that is required for breast cancer cells to grow and spread.

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Proposal to Reduce Medicare Drug Payments Is Widely Criticized

An Obama administration proposal to reduce Medicare payments for many prescription drugs has run into sharp bipartisan criticism, suggesting that it is easier to diagnose the problem of high prices than to solve it.

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Gerri Willis: I have breast cancer

I’ve always prided myself on being different and forging my own path. I was the first woman in my family to earn a college degree. I was the first (and still the only one) to move to New York to start a career. I like being different. But that changed on April 28. — I’m no longer a trail blazer. On that day, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and became one of a large and growing number of women with breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

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Are Preventative Double Mastectomies Worth The Risk?

More women than ever are opting to remove their breasts to prevent breast cancer despite doctors saying they don’t need to.

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Exercise Can Lower Risk of Some Cancers By 20%

You know the virtues of regular physical activity: it can lower your risk of becoming overweight and can keep diseases like heart problems and diabetes at bay. But can it help reduce the risk of cancer, too? A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine sheds new light on that question.

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Defective ‘breast cancer’ genes aren’t just dangerous for women

Joe Scholten’s sister had already beaten breast cancer and was battling ovarian cancer when she tested positive for a genetic mutation linked to both. He responded by doing something unusual: He got tested, too.

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Cancer Survivor Preaches Self Love, Prosperous Living

As a pillar of Black womanhood, Bershan Shaw exemplifies courage, confidence, strength, and positivity. As a nine year cancer survivor, motivational speaker, and writer, she emphasizes the importance of Black woman loving and caring for themselves.

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Larry Ellison Just Gave a $200 Million Gift for Cancer Treatment

Larry Ellison, one of the wealthiest men in the world, isn’t afraid to cut mega-sized checks—whether for yachts or for charity. His latest expenditure, however, is particularly ambitious, even by Ellison’s standards.

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U.S. creating pink commemorative coin for breast cancer awareness

U.S. officials are developing a new, pink commemorative coin to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research, said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who sponsored legislation for its creation.

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