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IMAGINIS BREAST HEALTH NEWSLETTER
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 27
NOVEMBER 16, 2000

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WOMEN'S HEALTH NEWS

1. STUDIES FIND FEMARA MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TAMOXIFEN FOR ADVANCED BREAST CANCER
Two new studies show that the drug Femara (generic name, letrozole) may be more effective than tamoxifen for post-menopausal women with advanced breast cancer. Femara is currently approved by the U.S. FDA as a second-line treatment for advanced breast cancer, to be used when other therapies do not work. However, researchers believe that based on this research, Femara should be considered as a first option, a "first-line therapy," for treating some women with advanced breast cancer.
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http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news11.14.00.asp

2. RESEARCHERS TESTING NON-INVASIVE TECHNIQUE TO KILL BREAST CANCER TUMORS
Researchers are investigating a new non-invasive, more patient-friendly method of treating breast cancer. The procedure, which uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate the tumor and high energy sound waves to "cook" the tumor to death with heat, is being tested in a clinical trial at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. If the treatment is successful, it may one day eliminate the need for breast cancer surgery for many women.
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http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news11.10.00.asp

3. 'SHAFT' HAS BREAST CANCER: MEN CAN DEVELOP THE DISEASE TOO
When Richard Roundtree, the actor who played the original witty private investigator John Shaft in three films, announced that he had breast cancer, many men and women were surprised to learn that men could develop breast cancer too. Though far less common than female breast cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 1,400 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2000 and approximately 400 men will die from breast cancer this year. Detecting breast cancer early, as Roundtree did, can help increase the chances of surviving the disease.
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http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news11.09.00.asp

4. FALSE RUMOR SAYING ANTIPERSPIRANTS CAUSE BREAST CANCER CONTINUES TO CIRCULATE
For well over a year, an inaccurate e-mail message has been broadly circulated stating that the use of antiperspirants is a leading cause of breast cancer. The false e-mail message, claiming antiperspirants or antiperspirant/deodorant combinations interfere with the body’s need to purge dangerous "toxins," is angering health care professionals and alarming women across the United States. Researchers have found no link between antiperspirants and the risk of breast cancer.
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http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/antiperspirants.asp

5. FDA ISSUES WARNING ABOUT INGREDIENT FOUND IN MANY DIET AND COLD MEDICATIONS
The U.S. FDA has asked pharmaceutical manufacturers to voluntarily stop marketing diet pills or cold medication products that contain phenylpropanolamine (PPA) because the ingredient has been linked to an increased risk of stroke.  PPA has been available in many diet pills and cold medications for years. However, a study conducted by Yale researchers and sponsored by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), an organization which represents over-the-counter drug manufacturers, found that PPA can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, primarily in women.
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http://www.imaginis.com/stroke/news/news11.15.00.asp

6. IMAGINIS SUPPORTS ACS MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
Imaginis is proud to support the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on November 18, 2000 in Miami, Florida. The walk will help raise funds for breast cancer outreach programs to help women in under-served communities. For more information on the Miami walk, please call 305.594.4363 ext. 842 or email [email protected]
Click here to learn about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events across the U.S.:
http://www3.cancer.org/makingstrides/ 

7. BEAUTYWISE HELPS CANCER PATIENTS FEEL BETTER, COPE WITH SIDE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT
Beautywise was created by Lourdes Rodriguez-Lorie, who lost her mother to cancer. Beautywise offers a line of extra-gentle cosmetic and skin care products designed for cancer patients who are undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Beautywise has also initiated a patient support group called "Holistic Tune Up" at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The support group helps cancer patients look and feel better during treatment. A portion of all Beautywise sales proceeds is donated to the support group. To learn more about Beautywise, email [email protected], call 877.91B.WISE (877.912.9473) or visit http://www.beautywise.org/ 

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IMAGINIS PATIENT AND PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSIONS

The Imaginis Discussions have been designed to help promote the discussion of a variety of women's health topics, including breast cancer, medical imaging and related health topics. The Patient Discussions are designed to bring women together who have shared similar experiences. Breast cancer patients, survivors, and all women interested in breast health issues are encouraged to participate in the Patient Discussions. In addition, Imaginis has recently added a Professional Discussion section to bring physicians and other healthcare providers together to discuss the latest women's health issues.
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VISIT THE NEW IMAGINIS BOOKSTORE FOR PATIENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

The newly redesigned Imaginis Bookstore contains over 130 titles on breast health, breast cancer, medical imaging, and other women's health topics. The bookstore is divided into two sections, one for patients and the other for healthcare professionals. The books in the patient bookstore have been written for the general public and cover all aspects of breast cancer and related health topics. The healthcare professionals section contains books written specifically for physicians, nurses, medical imaging technologists, and other healthcare professionals.
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