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Exercise Benefits

Published On: |Eric Brown

Report: breast cancer survivors who exercise live 40 percent longer Survivors who exercise are 40 percent more likely to live longer than those who led a sedentary lifestyle. While the story was played as news, it didn’t come as a surprise to Eric Brown, M.D., director of the Center for Breast Health in Troy. “We […]

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A Call To Continue Free Mammograms

Published On: |Eric Brown

MIKULSKI CALLS ON DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO PROTECT ACCESS TO FREE MAMMOGRAMS FOR WOMEN 40 AND OLDER Currently women aged 40 to 74 are guaranteed an annual free mammogram as result of Senator Mikulski’s ‘Women’s Preventive Health Amendment’ to the Affordable Care Act Draft recommendation by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force threatens […]

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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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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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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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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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Mammogram Controversy … Or Is It?

Published On: |Kylie Chin

Once again, the controversy regarding the benefit of routine screening mammogram has been pushed to center stage.  Unfortunately, doubt about the value of mammography ripped through the media before serious doubts about the validity of last week’s Canadian National Breast Screening Study (British Journal of Medicine) were properly investigated.  In an environment when unsubstantiated fears […]

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