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Breast Cancer Risk

Women Changing the Way We Think About Our Boobs: Mary Ann Wasil

Anna Musky-Goldwyn | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Anna Musky-Goldwyn

At 39-years-old, Mary Ann was a mother of three and found a lump on her breast. After her diagnosis, she required immediate chemotherapy. How does a woman like herself end up with an organization that not only empowers women, but is changing the way we think about breast health?

How Running Helped Me Get My Life Back

Lara Huffman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

Running has been the last step I needed to take for my recovery from breast cancer. I am in the best shape of my life, and I'm not talking about post-cancer shape.

Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

Joy Kosak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joy Kosak

Breastfeeding isn't just good for babies; it boasts many health advantages for moms, too. One benefit, especially noteworthy during October for Breastfeeding Awareness Month, is the reduced risk of breast cancer in breastfeeding moms.

What I Learned From Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer at Age 27

Nicole Seagriff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Nicole Seagriff

When turning 27 years old, you expect some major life changes to take place. For some, it's a job promotion. For others, it's marriage or the birth of a child. For me, it was cancer. Just two weeks after my 27th birthday, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ask the Mutant: If I Could Turn Back Time

Eva Moon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eva Moon

If I could alter the roll of the genetic dice that gave me the BRCA1 mutation -- never experience agonies of fear waiting for biopsy results, not face the wrenching decision to give up my breasts and ovaries, endure 22 hours of surgeries, months of recovery and 60 inches of scars -- Would I?

One Gap That's Closing Between Black Women And Whites Isn't Anything To Cheer About

Posted 10.04.2013 | Black Voices

An estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,620 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among U.S. women in 2013. And according...

Health Interrupted: 3 Steps to Owning Your Health Now

Fatima Scipio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Fatima Scipio

A week before my wedding, I received a call from my doctor and was told they "saw something" and I needed to get a biopsy! My biopsy was scheduled for a week after my wedding. No honeymoon, Just a trip to the doctor to find out what was going on inside of me.

Breast Cancer and Your GI Tract: Part 1

Dr. Wendie Trubow | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Wendie Trubow

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!

Your Mom Had Cancer -- Should You Be Worried?

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

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.

On Angelina and Unknown Genes

Linsey Maughan | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Linsey Maughan

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.

What To Make Of New Breast Cancer Research On Black Women

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- New research suggests that bad genes may be responsible for more breast cancer cases in black women than has been previously known. About 1...

Breast Cancer Marker Highlighted By Angelina Jolie 'Surprisingly Common' Among Blacks, Study Finds

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- Gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer are surprisingly common in black women with the disease, according to the first comprehensi...

Ask the Mutant: Take Two Limericks and Call Me in the Morning

Eva Moon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

In the end, we all just want to feel whole again. I'm short a few body parts, embroidered with scars and more joyful than I ever expected to be. I can see a future with me in it. Writing and sharing limericks was a small thing, but it made a big difference.

'Who Are You To Judge Me For It?'

Eva Moon | Posted 07.23.2013 | Women
Eva Moon

Who is the real you? The happy, focused, vital woman who made the drastic choice to "mutilate herself" and then move on? Or the physically intact, "natural" woman who lives in dread of the next round of surveillance?

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Elizabeth Swisher, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Swisher, M.D.

I admire Angelina for taking the unselfish view that she will do whatever it takes to be sure she will be around to parent her children. And I commend Angelina for making her decision public and thereby supporting other women who face an increased cancer risk.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Like me, Angelina Jolie opted to do whatever she could to drastically decrease the odds of being diagnosed with cancer -- she underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy.

My Mother's Gift of Knowledge

Lindsay Avner | Posted 07.07.2013 | Women
Lindsay Avner

Some experts say finding out that you carry the BRCA mutation can be just as devastating as finding out you have cancer. They may be right.

Worth a Drink?

Susan M. Love | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

Should you immediately take up drinking alcohol? Probably not. But you should remember to do other things that improve your heart health and decrease your cancer risk, like achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.

Breast Cancer Risk Rises For One Age Group

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 04.28.2013 | Women

CHICAGO -- Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women you...

Extreme Breast Cancer Prevention: Should At-Risk Women Have Both Breasts Removed?

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

The news that 24-year-old Allyn Rose, Miss District of Columbia in this year's Miss America competition, is planning to have both of her breasts removed in the near future is the latest case of what we might call "extreme breast cancer prevention."

Can You Hear Me? Women and Their Doctors Talking About Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

Women with breast cancer should be helped to clearly understand what can and cannot be achieved by prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and the potentially significant risks of the procedure. Doctors, in turn, should accept that a reduction in fear is a worthwhile goal in cancer treatment.

How to Know Your Breast Cancer Risk

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

Talk with your doctor about the Gail Model and find out what your level of risk for breast cancer is. And get a mammogram.

Will My Mother's Legacy -- Even Her Cancer -- Be My Own?

Jessica Pearce Rotondi | Posted 04.03.2013 | Women
Jessica Pearce Rotondi

Breast cancer enters our bedrooms. It comes with us to fitting rooms. It's with us at weddings when our mothers or sisters are not.

Hormone Therapy, Finally the Experts Agree

Staness Jonekos | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Staness Jonekos

Finally, 15 top medical organizations have come together to issue a statement of agreement regarding the benefits of hormone therapy for symptomatic menopausal women.

New Findings on X-Ray Risks Pose Dilemma for Young Women Prone to Developing Breast Cancer

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Last week delivered some disconcerting news for people with a specific, strong inherited high risk for developing cancer.