Your Health: May 24, 1999

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MARGIN OF SAFETY For years, doctors have tried to spare women from having a mastectomy for ductal carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive form of breast cancer. Instead, they cut out only the cancerous cells and then irradiate the breast. Now a major report shows that women may be able to avoid radiation too--as long as doctors remove a 1/2-in. margin of tissue along with the problem cells. That sure beats getting zapped, which is expensive, time consuming and may make future mammograms difficult to read.

BRAIN FOOD It may sound implausible, but researchers think a type of fat in...

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