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New study on breast cancer treatments' effectiveness

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds that the effectiveness of breast cancer treatments meant to prevent tumor recurrence decreases after three years, according to a new report from MySanAntonio.com.

The study looked at treatment effectiveness, which decreased after patients passed the dangerous period of the first three years. However, researchers say that treatments such as immunotherapy may take longer to have an effect. Dr. Ismail Jatoi, of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, suggested that more research be conducted concerning patients in their fifth to seventh year of survivorship.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. in 2010 alone. Women over the age of 40 should receive annual mammograms. Younger women should also have regular self exams as well as clinical breast exams, in order to find cancer as early as possible. One in eight women in the U.S. will have breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the ACS.
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