A Health SpecialBreast cancer: Winning the Battle

A Health SpecialBreast cancer: Winning the Battle

A Health SpecialBreast cancer: Winning the Battle

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by KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

One out of seven of women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. It's the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer for females.

Surprisingly, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, that number increases. Why does Washington state have the highest rate of breast cancer anywhere in the country? Is it our weather? Is it the environment, or chemicals? Some top cancer researchers share explanations that can help solve the mystery.

Here are just some of the other women you'll get to know:

- C.J. Taylor, who has dedicated her life to eradicating cancer, not only for herself but for thousands of others. She successfully fought breast cancer 20 years ago, but now has ovarian cancer. She speaks of her hopes for the future.

- Andr Rice, a woman who's has battled breast cancer not once, but twice.

- Bridgette Richardson who created Cierra Sisters, a support group for African-American women, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

- Heike Malakoff hosts lavish parties where women are invited to feel their own breasts. Find out why.

Breast Cancer: Winning the Battle features the latest cancer fighting breakthroughs along with new technology that's detecting breast cancer early. We cover the latest on a new breast cancer vaccine being developed in Seattle. Other topics included are family history, the discovery of the breast cancer gene and ways women can dramatically lower their risk of breast cancer.

With early detection and sophisticated new treatments, breast cancer can be controlled and often cured. Learn how medical experts are helping cancer patients live longer and healthier than the national average.

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