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Ten years later, breast cancer survivor retells her story of a new life

Published On: | Eric Brown

“I eat right, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, do everything I can to stay healthy … and I still got cancer.” Flint resident Cory Pacheco initially speaks somewhat casually when sharing the story about her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and next phase of her life. A Hurley registered nurse for the past 30 years, Cory admits […]

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Breast cancer is not a death sentence

Published On: | Eric Brown

When we have to break the news to a patient that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, in most conversations, the reaction is very similar – as soon as they hear “breast cancer,” they stop listening. Their mind immediately begins thinking, “I’m going to die.” That’s when we quickly begin talking a patient off […]

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The Never Ending Controversy of Screening Mammography

Published On: | Eric Brown

Well, it seems like this topic is like a cat, having multiple (probably more than nine) lives.  I posted about mammograms, and, the ongoing ‘controversy’ in February, 2014, and, the topic constantly resurfaces: Are mammograms necessary? Are they ‘harmful’? When should we start?  Who should have one and how often? Truths are truths … no […]

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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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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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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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Breast Cancer: In the News – May 2014

Published On: | Kylie Chin

UAB Caravan Screens Over 5,000 For the fourth time in four years, the Pink Caravan campaign offered free screening to Emiratis and residents throughout the seven emirates. The 11-day campaign took place from February 15-25 and focused on dispelling breast cancer myths and the importance of early detection. Of the 5,214 screened, 1,386 were referred […]

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Cancer is Not a Competition

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Salon.com published an article a few weeks ago that took on an ad campaign created by the British organization, Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA). The ad uses shock value, as many “awareness” campaigns do, to depict women and men “wishing” for breast and testicular cancer over pancreatic cancer. All of the adverts feature real pancreatic cancer […]

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Affordable Care Act Will Cover Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the decision to fully cover medications intended to prevent breast cancer for at-risk women. This comes as part of the Affordable Care Act’s preventative care benefits and goes into effect this coming September—leaving insurers a year to make the change. The new coverage comes […]

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