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Dr. Julie Park, a plastic surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction following cancer surgery, worries too many women rashly decide to remove both breasts. This trend now includes women, like actress Angelina Jolie, who haven't even been diagnosed, but are genetically predisposed to the disease.

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Commercially produced US meat contains many controversial ingredients. The chemicals, hormones and additives stem from Big Meat's desire to grow animals faster, squeeze them into smaller living spaces and keep products on store shelves longer.

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 Marketed to men, testosterone is supposed to be a way to stay young and virile. Marketed to women, it is supposed to be a way to recapture waning sexual desire and boost the libido.

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Although I believe we start with data and move forward, it is our narratives and our insights that guide us. Still, for me, this was ultimately a numbers game in the end: three tumors, two breasts, one very difficult decision.

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There is nothing so horrifying as when your doctor is too nice to you. I knew I had cancer before they even told me because of the hushed voices, the pats on my shoulder, and the way, suddenly, no one cared how much time was being spent on my visit.

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Los Angeles Times health reporter Anna Gorman believes first person health stories can be appropriate. That's why she shared about her deeply personal decision too undergo breast and ovarian surgeries to dramatically lower her own cancer risk.

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I had decided to get genetic testing, and I told everyone who cared that if it came back positive, I'd have both my breasts removed. I thought I was ready for that.

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A viable treatment option for women who already have breast cancer, mastectomy has become a controversial procedure for women who want to reduce their chances of getting it in the first place.

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This year, there's no political fireworks or high-octane drama like the 2011 fight over women’s health care and abortion in Texas. Democrats will not die on the sword of bringing Planned Parenthood back into the fold, and Republicans will not put up additional barriers to women’s access to care.

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Researching, writing and submitting papers to medical journals--and reworking and finessing them if accepted--is a demanding, time consuming job which drug companies have made into pay dirt.

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