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breast cancer: good news, bad news, other news

Posted Sep 27 2005 12:00am
The good news on the breast cancer front is that my annual mammogram came back normal, so that's a huge sigh of relief. I wasn't anticipating any problems, and it's sure nice to know there weren't any.

The bad news is that the risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer is 2.4 times higher for left-handed women.

Guess who's left-handed?

In other news, being hypothyroid seems to be protective against breast cancer, with a 61% reduced risk. However, for white, pre-menopausal women who have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer (guess who, again), there is a significant increase in the risk of developing breast cancer.

Even more incentive for me to be diligent about monthly self-examinations. You can bet I'll never miss an annual mammogram, either.

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