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Doctors see a lot of naked people.

It starts in medical school when they see a lot of dead naked people, and one would think that after cutting into a cadaver and examining body parts in great detail a naked body would lose a little of its allure.

Not so for Dr. Kamal F. Aboulhosn of Yakima, Wash.

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This story, pegged to new research on dual mastectomy rates, examines why some breast cancer patients choose to have both breasts removed even if it may not improve their survival.

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I wrote this story to call attention to the "disease of the week" phenomenon and how it is turning important health messages into easily-dismissed cultural static.

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Dr. Thomas Cole is the public health officer for Madera County. His state-appointed job puts him in close contact with the the Madera County Public Health Department. The department's programs include AIDS, bioterrorism preparedness, child health and disability prevention, communicable disease control, breast cancer screening and child immunization.

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Olivia Fe is founder and executive director of the Latina Breast Cancer Agency, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization offering services and support for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer. The dynamic, community-based organization works to address the unique breast health needs of Latinas. The women served by LBCA are primarily Latinas who are monolingual, Spanish-speaking, underinsured and underserved.

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Alexander Tsodikov is a professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. He studies survival analysis, estimation of cure rates, computational methods in statistics, semiparametric models, frailty models, modeling and analysis of cancer, design of optimal surveillance schedules, cancer screening, modeling incidence and mortality trends. His collaborative research includes clinical trials, antisense oligonucleotides, population-based and clinical studies of prostate cancer, and analysis of cancer registry data for breast cancer. Tsodikov received his Ph.D.

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