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Columbia Study Finds Moderate Doses of Radiation Therapy to Unaffected Breast May Prevent Second Breast Cancers

Survivors of breast cancer have a one in six chance of developing breast cancer in the other breast. But a latest Columbia study conducted in mice suggests that survivors can dramatically reduce that risk through treatment with moderate doses of radiation to the unaffected breast at the same time that they receive radiation therapy to their affected breast. The treatment, if it works as well in humans as in mice, could prevent tens of thousands of second breast cancers. Findings are online in PLoS One.