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10/9/2017Your answer of October 5th was not helpful. Submitted a genuine question about genetic link and family history. Expected viable response based on progressive science information. Instead received the same over-used statement. Despite funding, medical research seems to be at a stand still. Women deserve more than that same old generic answer.
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10/9/2017Medical research is not at a stand still. We are in the most exciting time for discoveries and innovative treatments for breast cancer that has ever been achieved. As a 25 year survivor, I am personally feeling reassured that the future is very hopeful for those diagnosed in the future, and that eventually a vaccine will be created that children will receive to prevent this disease from happening. breast cancer is far more complex than anyone ever imagined it to be. it is not one cancer but a myriad of cancers, each having the capability of changing its prognostic factors as it grows and spreads. So try to keep your glass half full instead of half empty. go to and use it to search for specific research topics of interest to you. there is a ton of research that is and will continue to be done. it requires years and years of research to validate information and effect change. NCCN and ASCO are the organizations that determine when a standard of care needs to be edits/recreated. it can never be based on the results of one scientific test/clinical trial.

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