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    When it comes to breast cancer, many of us understand and are willing to accept the fact that a miracle cure may not be in the cards at the moment. With that said, news of any drug that could help patients by stalling the disease so that it doesn't rapidly progress is pretty great. Imagine being able to stop time -- if only for a few months -- while docs continue to work on finding new and additional treatments to combat your disease. Kind of challenges your notion of miraculous, doesn't it?

    An experimental breast cancer drug called palbociclib is currently undergoing studies because it reportedly can nearly double the amount of time patients live with the disease without it spreading and getting worse. Here's the skinny on it.

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    The next time you get annoyed because FedEx or a similar mail carrier has misplaced your package, think of how Marline Van Duyne feels. The 47-year-old, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, underwent a preventive double masectomy in Utah last month and then waited, scared for her life, to find out what she would need to do to keep the cancer from returning. Her breast tissue and tumor were transported to a lab that could test it to determine whether chemotherapy would be needed.

    Marline waited. And waited. And waited. And the answer didn't come -- because, as it turns out, she says she has reason to believe FedEx lost her breast tissue sample.

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    From doing tons of squats to pushups galore, we know working out can transform our shapes in mind-bogglingly awesome ways. But there are certain "figure fixers" we're more skeptical about than others. Like those exercises we've been told for eons are supposed to perk up our breasts. Is it really possible?

    Well, believe it or not, it is! Experts say that targeted exercises and strengthening the right muscles (the pectoralis major and minor) can enhance your "girls." Here, 10 smart moves to try for perkier breasts and perfected posture ... (Shoot for 8-12 reps and up to 4 sets per move.)

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    A new study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, revealed that having routine mammograms makes no difference in whether a woman's life is spared from breast cancer. The study followed nearly 90,000 women over a 25-year period. Half of the women were randomly assigned to mammogram testing, and the other half were not and were instructed instead to perform breast exams at home. An identical number of breast cancer deaths was found in each group 25 years later -- mammogram or no mammogram. Researchers found that the only difference was more women who had mammograms were "overdiagnosed" and underwent unnecessary surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy treatments.

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    Exactly three weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy, Good Morning America reporter Amy Robach returned to her post in front of the show's cameras yesterday. She then proceeded to sit down with anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Josh Elliot and give an uber-personal update on how she's doing in the wake of the serious procedure.

    "I am feeling really good," the 40-year-old shared. "Physically, I feel remarkably well. Mentally, it's another challenge because that was phase one ... that's the first step ... but mentally I think is the toughest part of this. There are days where if you really start to let your mind wander, it's really devastating. But you keep your head together, you come into work, you hug your friends, and you're thankful to be where you are with your family and the people who matter."

    Wow, her candor and gratitude are incredibly admirable!

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    Identical twins often share a lot in their lives, but breast cancer isn't the sort of thing we usually think about them both having to endure -- especially not around the same time. But that's exactly what happened to 34-year-olds Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer.

    When Kelly was diagnosed in 2011 with triple-negative breast cancer, a hard-to-treat form of cancer whose growth is not fueled by hormones, she was nine months pregnant. Her son was born a week after her diagnosis, and she soon began treatment, chemotherapy, surgery to remove her right breast, and radiation. Only a few months later, Kristen got tested and was diagnosed with a very early-stage cancer in her left breast, according to the AP. It's as heartbreaking as it is hard to believe, right?

    While the sisters were obviously devastated for one another upon each diagnosis, they managed to come up with an amazing way to help one another battle the disease ...

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    I can't even imagine what it would feel like to be a mom who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and wants nothing more than to spend every minute I can hugging, hanging out with, and enjoying the company of my young child. And if I were the young child in this situation, I would want to attach myself to my mom's leg and never let go. 

    So it's insanely disturbing to discover that Kerri Mascareno, a mom from New Mexico who is battling stage 4 breast cancer, has reportedly been told by her daughter's elementary school to keep far away because the smell from her chemotherapy pills is overwhelming and offensive. 

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    As Amy Robach made the heartbreaking announcement yesterday that she had breast cancer, I sat stunned. I looked at this young, vibrant woman and thought, She's too young. We are, after all, around the same age, and I didn't want to admit that breast cancer could even be a real possibility right now.

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    There are some people in this world who don't just make lemonade out of lemons, they do everything in their power to ensure as many people as possible get a big, satisfying glassful. Deborah Cohan is one of those women who you really want to be friends with -- a positive person who you know would remind you to look on the bright side of every situation. Minutes before this amazing woman received a double mastectomy, she did something incredible. She -- and her team of doctors and nurses -- got up and had a dance party you have to see to believe. And yes, they were proudly rocking their scrubs. 

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    Oh, Jenelle Evans. You may think you're just innocently Instagramming selfies like everyone else these days, but what's up with the "unintentional" cleavage in almost every single one?

    Ha, yup. Take a quick peek at the Teen Mom star's Instagram feed, and it appears that her latest vice seems to be snapping candid pics that -- oops! -- offer a glimpse at her cleavage. The most recent snap (right) is just one example. Check out even more evidence below ...

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