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Nipple Tattoos: Making Breast Cancer Survivors Feel Whole Again

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Women with breast cancer are traveling from all over the country and as far as India to the town of Finksburg, MD for something unusual—a three-dimensional nipple tattoo. Vinnie Myers, owner of Little Vinnie’s Tattoos, has been providing natural looking nipple tattoos to women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer for over a decade. […]

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Monokini 2.0: Swimsuits for Breast Cancer Survivors

Published On: | Kylie Chin

  “Who says you need two?” is a fitting tagline for a new swimwear collection targeting women who have undergone a mastectomy (breast removal) to treat breast cancer. Inspired by breast cancer survivor Elina Halttunen, the Monokini 2.0 is a community art project that aims to change the perception of what is considered beautiful unveiling a […]

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Are double mastectomies unnecessary?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

A new study published in JAMA Surgery found that preventative double mastectomies might not be as beneficial as the public is led to believe. The paper, from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that of the 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo a contralateral prophylactic […]

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Male Breast Cancer

Published On: | Kylie Chin

That’s not a typo—breast cancer can and does occur in men but it’s rare. In fact, it occurs in less than 1% of all breast cancer cases, so most people don’t even realize that the disease affects more than just women. According to cancer researchers, it’s estimated that in 2014 there will be 2,360 new […]

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Can adequate sleep improve breast cancer survival?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

A new study reveals that adequate sleep may improve survival time for women with advanced stages of breast cancer. According to the study, survival time for patients that received adequate sleep was 68.9 months (5.74 years), while inadequate sleepers survived an average of 33.2 months (2.76 years). Researchers also found that just a 10 percent […]

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Study shows treatment for breast cancer may cause financial stress

Published On: | Kylie Chin

No one can deny that coping with a breast cancer diagnosis is hard enough, and studies show that treatment is causing another type of stress: financial hardship. According to a recent breast cancer study by the University of Michigan, 25 percent of survivors are still reeling from financial stress four years after receiving treatment, and […]

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Breast Cancer: In the News – April 2014

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Does obesity increase the risk of breast cancer? A new study reveals that women with a specific marker in the mTOR gene are at a greater risk for developing breast cancer, and the chances only increase if they are overweight. According to the study, women with the genetic marker were 70% more likely to have […]

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Can hair loss from chemotherapy be prevented?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Hair loss (alopecia) is an unfortunate side effect of chemotherapy, but breast cancer researchers are experimenting with scalp hypothermia (cryotherapy or cold-cap therapy)—a technique that uses a special head-cap to protect against chemo-induced alopecia. According to the NY Daily News, a scalp-cooling device known as a DigniCap may soon be available in the U.S., and […]

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Oncology Exercise and Wellness Program to Enhance Survivorship

Published On: | Kylie Chin

When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, most primary cancer care shifts their focus to treatment planning rather than proactive integration of interventions to mitigate side effects associated with chemotherapy or radiation—but that’s not how Beaumont Cancer Institute (BCI) approaches treatment. BCI developed the Beaumont Oncology Exercise and Wellness Rehabilitation Program as part of an […]

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What is a Mastectomy?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Mastectomy is a surgical procedure for breast cancer that involves removing malignant tissues of the breast. Depending on the type of mastectomy performed, the entire breast may be removed along with the axillary lymph node (underarm) to keep cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. A double mastectomy, or the removal of both […]

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