The Study was Flawed: Why Women Should Rethink Hormone Therapy

A friend of mine was telling me recently about her menopausal symptoms. The hot flashes were getting to her, and the mood swings were no fun either. I asked her if she had considered hormone therapy (HT), and she gave me this look—you know, the kind that seems to say, …

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Pregnancy Poses No Greater Risk to Breast Cancer Survivors

Source: Oxford University Press USA A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that pregnancy does not incur a greater risk of relapse for survivors of breast cancer. The safety of pregnancy for women with history of breast cancer has remained a controversial topic for …

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Statins Linked to Lower Rates of Breast Cancer and Mortality

A 14 year study in more than one million people has found that women with high cholesterol have significantly lower rates of breast cancer and improved mortality. The research, presented at European Society of Cardiology Congress, suggests that statins are associated with lower rates of breast cancer and subsequent mortality. …

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Surgeons Have Major Influence on Breast Cancer Treatment

Written by Nicole Fawcett, manager of cancer communication for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Surgeon attitudes were biggest driver of likelihood patients receive contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, a new study finds The procedure, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy or CPM, involves removing both breasts even when cancer is found only in …

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Why It’s Good for Women to Eat More Low-Glycemic Foods

What are the leading causes of death in women in the United States? Heart disease and cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these two diseases were the leading causes of death in women in 2014, which is the latest year for which they have complete …

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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Kristina Coccoluto has the BRCA1 gene mutation, which means her personal risk for breast cancer is 87 percent. She chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, reducing her risk to below five percent. She was prepared; when she discussed her mastectomy with her breast surgeon, she already had a consultation …

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More Changes to Mammography Recommendations. Are You Still Covered?

In the last several months there have been changes to the breast cancer screening recommendations of some prominent American health organizations. As these organizations review new research and weigh benefits and risks they periodically update their opinions. In October of 2015 the American Cancer Association released new recommendations.  The guidelines …

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What is Your Personal Breast Cancer Risk?

About 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. But that number starts to change when you begin looking at the specific factors in any individual woman’s life and family history. What factors influence a woman’s personal risk of breast cancer? Age, family history, alcohol use, …

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Fetal Cells Remain With Mom for Life – And May Protect Against Disease

A mother’s child lives in her heart forever. The precious curls, the adorable gurgling laugh or the soft curve of a baby’s cheek can etch themselves in a woman’s mind long after her baby has left for college. But new research is beginning to understand ways in which this connection …

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New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines for screening women for breast cancer. The changes in the recommendations were based on new research reviewing the benefits and risks of screening with mammography. The new guidelines are intended to balance the benefits of early detection with the risks of false positives, pain, …

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