Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
DCIS, LCIS, and other Pre-Cancers: Are Women Getting Mastectomies They Don’t Need? – Susan Dudley, PhD and Diana Zuckerman, PhD, Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund Thanks to heightened awareness of breast cancer screening, women are being diagnosed earlier than ever before. However, that has also resulted in what some experts consider an epidemic of women diagnosed with abnormal breast conditions that are not cancer or may never develop … Continue reading DCIS, LCIS, and other Pre-Cancers: Are Women Getting Mastectomies They Don’t Need?
Should I “Upgrade” to Digital or 3D? A Mammography Guide – Mammography overview: learn more about similarities and differences between traditional mammograms and the newer digital and 3D mammograms.
Heart Disease and Breast Cancer – Heart disease is a major cause of deaths in women, and remains a number one cause of death in breast cancer survivors. Women who are at a higher risk of heart disease should talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits of commonly used cancer treatments.
Alcohol and Cancer – The link between and alcohol and cancer may surprise you. A 2017 statement by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) reports that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the mouth and throat, vocal cords, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon. The risks are greatest in those with heavy and long-term alcohol use. Even so, moderate drinking can add up over a lifetime, which could be harmful.
Hormonal Therapy for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) – Too often, women with DCIS are encouraged to undergo radiation as well as hormonal therapy, but as you can see, the benefits of doing both are not greater than the benefits of choosing one or the other. Fortunately, almost all women with DCIS will live regardless of which of these treatments they have.
Beginner’s Guide to Developing an Exercise Routine – Exercise is one of the best ways to maximize your health. If you want to exercise but aren’t sure where to begin, we can help! If you feel like your daily life doesn’t allow you to get fit (not enough time, no money for a gym membership, etc.), we have some “work-arounds” that may help.
Preventing Breast Cancer with Hormonal Therapy – Hormonal therapy is a popular strategy among women who are afraid of breast cancer and want to reduce the chances of ever developing it. What are the risks and benefits?
Can Girls Lower Their Breast Cancer Risk by Eating Peanut Butter? – Peanut butter may help ward off abnormal breast conditions linked to cancer.
Can Aspirin Prevent Cancer and Cancer Deaths? – Regular aspirin use may prevent deaths from many causes including cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.
Hormone Therapy and Menopause – The experts at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a clear recommendation: post-menopausal women should NOT take hormones to prevent chronic health conditions, such as increasing bone strength to avoid fractures. The reason is that the risks of these hormones outweigh the benefits.
Question: My Silicone Gel Breast Implant May Be Leaking. How Do I Find out If It Is Leaking, and What Should I Do If It Is? – FAQs about keeping or restructuring your breasts after breast cancer treatment.
Question: Should I Get Silicone or Saline Implants? Is There a Price Difference? – FAQs about keeping or restructuring your breasts after breast cancer treatment.
Are Breast Implants Safe for Cancer Patients? – At the time the Institute of Medicine report was published in 1999, the major controversy about breast implants was whether it could cause connective-tissue diseases or autoimmune diseases. There were only 17 studies on the subject at the time, but the conventional wisdom was that these studies proved that breast implants are safe. However, a careful review of the results paints a different picture.
When Should Women Start Regular Mammograms? 40? 50? and How Often Is “Regular”? – In recent years, there has been a growing concern that annual mammograms starting at age 40 may do more harm than good for many women. That is why the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an expert group that reviews the latest research findings, recommends that mammography screening for most women start at age 50 rather than 40, and that the frequency be every two years (instead of annually) through the age of 74.
Ways You Can Cut Your Risk of Breast Cancer – Here’s the good news about how to cut your risk of breast cancer, and reduce your risk of recurrence.
After Mastectomies, an Unexpected Blow: Numb New Breasts – Dane’e McCree decided to have her breasts removed. Her doctor assured her that surgery would spare her nipples and leave her with natural-looking breasts.
Sientra’s Silimed Brand “Gummy Bear” Silicone Gel Breast Implants Pose Safety Questions – In December 2012, the FDA approved Sientra’s “Silimed silicone gel breast implants.” These implants are also called “gummy breast implants” because they are made of a thicker gel that is said to resemble candy gummy bears. But are they safe?
Can Vitamin D Prevent Cancer? – New research suggests that vitamin D may help women diagnosed with breast cancer to survive the disease.
What Women Need to Know About Inflammatory Breast Cancer – Separate facts from myths about inflammatory breast cancer.
Should Women Undergo Mammograms? YES. – Learn more about the benefits and risk of mammograms.
DCIS, LCIS, Pre-Cancer and Other “Stage Zero”; Breast Conditions: What Kind of Treatment – If Any – Is Needed? – Many women are diagnosed with abnormal breast conditions that are not cancer or may never develop into invasive cancer, such as DCIS.
Summary of: Breast Implants, Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and the Risk of Suicide – Women’s Health Issues, August, 2016. Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States, and many women are also encouraged to choose breast implants for reconstruction after a mastectomy. However, studies in the United States and Scandinavian countries have shown that suicide rates are higher for women with implants.
Breast implants and mammography: what we know and what we don’t know – There has been a lot of attention given to mammography screening in recent years. Some of this information has been confusing to women—at what age should I first have a mammogram, how frequently should I have repeat mammograms, and are mammograms even effective? These are questions that women both with and without breast implants have been trying to understand. The latest study from FDA scientists helps to answer these questions.
Why do mastectomy patients with breast implants commit suicide? – One study of suicide among women who got breast implants after mastectomy found that their suicide rate was 10 times higher compared to other mastectomy patients.
Can a handful of nuts a day keep cancer away? – Evidence is growing about the many ways in which eating nuts, seeds, and legumes can improve your health. These foods have been linked to healthier hearts and a lower risk of diabetes, but now studies show they may also cut your risk of getting cancer! Here’s what we know and don’t know.
DCIS: Mostly good news – More women are getting an early diagnosis of breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Although it is good to find cancer before it becomes life-threatening, many women do not get enough information on their treatment options and end up receiving unnecessary treatment.
Prophylactic or optional mastectomies – If you are someone you know is thinking about getting a mastectomy, read this article to learn important information that should be discussed with your doctor before choosing your breast cancer treatment.
Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer – Hormone “Replacement” Therapy may help reduce the symptoms of menopause, but research has found that it increases the risk of breast cancer and other serious health problems.
Does abortion cause breast cancer? – Separate Fact from Fiction.
Can wearing a bra cause breast cancer? – Should you believe the internet warnings that wearing a bra, or wearing an underwire bra, causes breast cancer?
BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations: when your genes increase your cancer risk – BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce proteins that suppress tumors and repair damage to our DNA. If there is a mutation in one of these genes and they do not work properly, DNA damage may not be repaired. This can eventually cause cancer. If you find out that you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, it doesn’t mean you will definitely get breast or ovarian cancer. There are a few ways you can lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer
Flaxseed: What is it and Can it Keep you Healthy? – Suddenly, everyone is talking about adding flaxseed to your diet. What is flaxseed and how can eating it make you healthier?
Angelina Jolie’s Decision – Huffington Post, May 16, 2013. Did Angelina Jolie make the right decision? And should that influence other women? Our president Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains why Angelina’s risk of breast cancer is lower than she was told and what the implications are for you.
Airport Security and Radiation – Following the September 11th attacks in 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created and given responsibility for protecting the public from security threats in transportation systems, such as airports.
Physician Groups Make Recommendations to Reduce Healthcare Costs – Does an 18-year-old female need a pap smear? Should a patient with a mild sinus infection be given antibiotics? You might be surprised that the answer to both questions is NO according to leading physicians.
Breast Thermography Can Not Replace Mammograms – Despite recent claims, the FDA has issued a warning to women who undergo breast cancer screening: Do not replace mammograms with thermograms.
Buy a Nice Sleep Mask! It’s an Investment in your Health – Research shows that sleeping in total darkness allows your body to produce as much of the hormone melatonin as possible. This is good because when your production of melatonin drops, you are at greater risk of breast and/or colorectal cancer and other health risks.
Breastfeeding: the Finest Food for your Infant Isn’t Sold in any Store – Evidence has been mounting about the health advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and child. From a reduced risk of obesity to an increased resistance to disease, study after study shows that, when possible, breast milk is the ideal food for your newborn child. Is this the right option for you?
Tips for Preventing a Recurrence of Breast Cancer – Maintaining a healthier lifestyle can help prevent cancer from recurring.
Do women with non-cancerous breast conditions eventually get cancer? – Although most breast abnormalities are not cancerous and will not lead to cancer, some women with breast abnormalities may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future.