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Breast Cancer's New Buzz Words: Chronic Disease

Lisa Masters | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Lisa Masters

I like "chronic disease." It's easier for me to visualize my mortality not as something that is going to come quickly but as something I can live with. That is the key word... LIVE.

The Invisible Epidemic: Lesbians and Cancer

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Victoria A. Brownworth

Now the pink has been put away for another year and breast cancer is no longer in the spotlight. Unless you happen to be a breast cancer survivor or be battling the disease yourself, that is -- like me and millions of other women, many of us lesbians.

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.

We Are Not Mice!

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

While there have been a few very important insights into breast cancer that have come from the mouse model, there are many more studies that have not translated into humans. If we want to understand the cause and treatment of breast cancer in women we have to study women.

HRT Questioned Again -- Really?

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

Once again we are returning to the question of whether menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases breast cancer risk.

Breast Cancer Surgery -- Ignorance of Anatomy, Not a Dearth of Guidelines

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly one in four women who have a lumpectomy to treat their breast cancer require another surgery to remove additional tissue.

More Is Not Always Better

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

When it comes to medicine, all too often we think, "Well, if a little is good for you then more must be better!" But three recently published studies underscore why, when it comes to our health, more may actually be more than we need.

Avastin -- Back in the News

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.01.2012 | Health News
Susan M. Love

If we can figure out who should get Avastin, when and for how long, we may find it has a place in breast cancer. But until we answer those questions, we should not be giving it to everybody because we hope it will help someone.

Parabens and Breast Cancer: A New Study Brings More Questions Than Answers

Susan M. Love | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

To get breast cancer, you need to have mutated cells as well as a local tissue environment that is egging them on. It is certainly possible that parabens can contribute to this environment. However, this study only tells us that they are ubiquitous in the cancerous breast. That does not mean that they are the cause of cancer.

Who Owns the Data?

Susan M. Love | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Susan M. Love

Clinical trial data are typically collected by drug companies or academics specifically for their own trials on their own new potential medicines or pet theories. This means the data is often locked away in proprietary silos.

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Telling the Whole Story

Susan M. Love | Posted 12.13.2011 | Women
Susan M. Love

October 13 is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, one day in October dedicated to acknowledging that not everyone is cured.

New U.S. Task Force Breast Exam Guidelines Would Have Made Me A Widower And Single Father

John W. Anderson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Anderson

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended this week that women in their 40s not get a mammogram. Had my wife Sharon followed these recommendations, she would be dead today.

The National Cancer Institute Should Delay Its Collaboration With Love/Avon

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

The NCI should insist that Avon reformulate its products to phase out all toxic ingredients and replace them by safe alternatives before proceeding with their important initiative.

Big Science in a Small City

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Sharon Glassman

Lingo without linguistics can be dangerous, I knew. One of the great things about life out West is that people respect newbies. And they don't begrudge mistakes.