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Do you know the facts about breast cancer?

With the death of actress Lynn Redgrave, who lost her seven year battle with breast cancer this week, along with the 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® coming to Atlanta this Saturday, it’s time to learn the facts about this disease. Ask.com, a national partner of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has compiled a helpful Q&A which covers the top questions asked about breast cancer.

The 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® will be held on  May 8th at Atlantic Station. Photo courtesy of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® will be held on May 8th at Atlantic Station. Photo courtesy of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Top questions about breast cancer from Ask.com

Q. Can men be diagnosed with breast cancer?
A. Although rare, men can get and even die from the breast cancer.

Q. How many new diagnoses of breast cancer were there in 2009?
A. 192,370 U.S. women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Q. What is a mammogram?
A. A mammogram is a breast screening using x-rays.

Q. Who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer?
A. Studies show older women have …

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Should minors be allowed to buy morning-after pill?

Your 17-year-old daughter or son will soon be able to buy the morning-after pill over the counter. That’s because a federal judge has given the FDA 30 days to begin allowing minors to buy the emergency birth control drug called Plan B, without a prescription.

The FDA, which had restricted over-the-counter sale of the drug to women 18 and older, must now begin allowing 17-year-olds to buy it. And the judge asked the FDA to reconsider its ban on sales to minors as young as 11.

The judge said under the Bush administration, FDA restrictions on the drug involved “political considerations rather than being grounded in science.

Opponents are concerned that making the drug easily available to younger women could open the door for them to over use it as a primary method of birth control, with potential medical risks.

The judge said there was no evidence that Plan B would be safer for 18-year-olds than 17-year-olds. For younger women, he said it was better for the FDA to make a …

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