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breast cancer rates in 2003

Hormones had been prescribed for 의왕출장안마 decades in the belief that they helped ward off heart problems, dementia and a host of other ills beyond curing hot flashes. Many doctors and women, too, were reluctant to buy the new study’s conclusions.

Now there is more evidence that hormones and breast cancer are linked.

A new analysis documents a staggering 7 percent drop in U.S. breast cancer rates in 2003. The report, presented Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, does not prove a link between hormone therapy and breast cancer, but strongly suggests it, many experts said.

«When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it,» statistician Donald Berry of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston said of the drop.

Cancers take years to form, so going off hormones would not instantly prevent new tumors. But tumors that had been developing might stop growing, shrink or disappear so they were no longer detected by mammograms, doctors theorized.

Cases dropped most among women 50 and older — the age group taking hormones. The decline was biggest for tumors whose growth is fueled by estrogen — the type most affected by hormone use.

The drop was seen in every single cancer registry that reports information to the federal government, and no big change occurred with any other major type of cancer. These are strong signs that the breast cancer decline is no statistical fluke or error.

«It’s very difficult to wrap your arms around this subject of the various pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy,» adds CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook.

«It’s a big deal … amazing, really,» said another of the researchers, Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. «It’s better than a cure» because these are cases that never occurred, he said.

About 200,000 cases of breast cancer had been expected that year; the drop means that about 14,000 fewer women actually were diagnosed with the disease.

A separate study by the American Cancer Society, currently in press with a medical journal, also documents the drop. Lead author Ahmedin Jemal attributes two-thirds of it to a decline in hormone use and the rest to mammography use leveling off, resulting in fewer tumors being detected.

«We are really trying to look at the big picture,» he said. «You cannot rule out the effect of screening.»

Breast cancer is the most common major cancer in American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. About 213,000 new cases are expected to occur in the United States this year and more than 1 million worldwide.

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Archuleta Has Knockout Night On «Idol»

In Cowell’s opinion — and judge Randy Jackson concurred — Archuleta’s opponent David Cook stumbled by not choosing a showstopper to sing in the final round.

The judges, however, don’t have a voice in who ultimately wins the competition. That will be up to the «American Idol» viewing audience, whose decision will be revealed on Wednesday’s grand finale.

The Fox reality show made full use of the boxing theme throughout Tuesday night’s match, which kicked off with ring announcer Michael Buffer crying out his catchphrase «Let’s get ready to rumble!» HBO’s fight commentator Jim Lampley was shown in clips throughout the show, saying things like «in a three round fight, you want to pace yourself.»

The fight analogy only went so far.

«You’ve gotta have a desire to win and you’ve got to hate your opponent,» judge Simon Cowell advised before the first round of competition.

But the verbal handshake before the fight was a friendly one, with Archuleta saying Cook was «awesome» and Cook responding that Archuleta was the most consistently nice person in the competition.

Archuleta, who won the coin toss prior to the show, had decided to go second in front of the 7,000 people at the Nokia Live Theater in Los Angeles.

In the first round, the singers sang tunes selected for them by record mogul Clive Davis, whose record company, Sony BMG, will hand out a contract to the «American Idol» winner.

Cook kicked off the round with a solid performance of U2’s «I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.» All the judges thought he was in fine voice, with Cowell calling his performance phenomenal.

Archuleta followed with Elton John’s «Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,» which Jackson called flawless.

«Taking everything into account, Round 1 goes to Archuleta,» said Cowell.

The singers chose songs from the top 10 songs in the annual «American Idol» songwriting contest.

Cook broke out his electric guitar for «Dream Big» by Emily Shackleton and Archuleta sang the ballad «In This Moment» by Ryan Gillmor. Of the two, Cowell thought Archuleta chose the better song and gave the round to him.

The third round was the decisive one, at least according to Cowell.

Cook decided to go with a song he hadn’t sung before, Collective Soul’s «The World I Know.» He accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for the soulful ballad. Jackson said it was the perfect song for him, but Cowell pointed out it wasn’t the kind of showstopper that would win the contest.

«You should have sung ‘Hello’ or ‘Billie Jean’,» Cowell said, referring to songs that had won Cook praise earlier in the season.

«It was the wrong choice in the competition,» Jackson conceded, «but it’s a good song.»

«The way that I was looking at it was, why do something I’ve already done. For the record, I completely understand what you’re saying,» Cook said.

Archuleta delivered the final blow by singing John Lennon’s «Imagine,» the song that got him noticed in week 2 of the competition.

«Tonight I think we’ve witnessed one of the great finals,» said Cowell. «Here’s the difference in my opinion: you came out here tonight to win and what we have witnessed is a knockout.»

The evening wrapped with a live performance of season 2 winner Ruben Studdard singing this season’s elimination song, Kenny Loggins’ «Celebrate Me Home.»

Tomorrow night, 무주출장안마 after the viewer votes are tallied, Cook and Archuleta will know which one of them will celebrate their win as this season’s «American Idol.»

By Judy Rosen

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