Conventional medicine advises that we start getting annual mammograms at age 40. And yet, as I have come to understand, mammograms have a difficult time detecting cancer in small, dense, young breast tissue.
While Angelina Jolie may have more advantages than most of us, the biggest advantage she had was not money, but access to people who provided her with good information about her options.
Should companies be able to patent human genes? Today, the Supreme Court answered that profound question with a resounding NO. Seems like common sense, right?
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Approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. What if the quality of sleep plays a role in a man's risk for developing the disease?
I began to teach my children to take responsibility for their own lives, their own choices, and their own decisions. In teaching them I learned that what I had been doing nearly my entire adult life was "caretaking," which masquerades as being responsible.
I was honest enough to admit out loud that I spent my life quietly making a decision, and here it was, reflected back at me.
In order to have a meaningful discussion, we need to get into some of the details. I promise it won't be as difficult as my med school biochemistry course!
Butches, you need to get tested for all the womanly cancers -- even if you don't feel womanly. Cancer doesn't care if you are butch; you can still get breast cancer. Do those self exams. See your doctor.
I've decided to go public with my own post-mastectomy reconstruction to let you see how far the art has come.
My concern may seem technical, or trivial, but it is neither: It applies to hundreds of thousands of women worldwide who, every year, are trying to make informed choices about treatment of the most common form of breast cancer.
Just because your mom had breast cancer does not mean that you will be struck with breast cancer as well. The causes of cancer are complex.
Angelina provides an interesting look into how the famous can drive conversations about health. She is a celebrity of status, and her story is both dramatic and complicated.
Who cannot applaud Angelina Jolie for going public with her medical issues and her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carried a genetic mutation that could dramatically increase her odds of breast and ovarian cancer?
Yes, a double mastectomy and life-changing concerns about cancer have become a part of both Angelina Jolie's and my realities. Unlike Jolie, I was diagnosed with cancer, and a mastectomy of my left breast had been imperative, a non-negotiable.
Fear. We all deal with it at some point in our lives, but never had it been such an all-consuming part of my life until my cancer diagnosis.