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4 Your Health: The right choice for breast cancer patients; Alzheimer's claiming more lives

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Tucson- The number of Americans dying from Alzheimer's disease is on the rise.

New data from the Centers For Disease Control shows there were about 31 Alzheimer's related deaths per 100.000 people in the past year.
That's up from 29 per 100,000 the year before. And while that seems like a small difference, it translates to thousands of additional deaths.

Researchers believe the reason for the increase is that doctors are now more likely to list Alzheimer's disease on death certificates.

Fewer deaths from breast cancer

The prognosis is improving for young breast cancer patients who have chosen more conservative treatments.

A new Italian study followed 1,300 patients under 40, who underwent a lumpectomy, or radiation, between 1997 and 2010. During this time the number of recurrences and deaths decreased significantly.

Researchers said these findings could help reduce the number of unnecessary mastectomies in young women.

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