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Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year? Not so much for cancer patients, but this can change

Published On: | Eric Brown

While the holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, they quickly can go from joyful to stressful for those dealing with the daily reality of a cancer diagnosis. Feelings of depression and disconnection can be common. Priorities may change, moods may fluctuate, frustration may increase and disappointment may become the new normal. If […]

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Comprehensive Breast Care introduces Ashley Richardson, DO

Published On: | Eric Brown

She shares information about high-risk breast cancer screening and management  Breast surgeon Ashley Richardson, DO, recently joined the Comprehensive Breast Care team. She will see patients in Troy, Clarkston and Flint. Dr. Richardson completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at McLaren/Karmanos Cancer Institute in Flint, where she was the first graduate of the fellowship program. […]

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Take off the pink-colored glasses and take in the reality of Pinktober

Published On: | Eric Brown

Everyone supports the fight against breast cancer; that fact is indisputable. But, the pink ribbon bandwagon may be slowing down as more and more women are saying “stop” – stop to the cutesy slogans and the ocean of pink paraphernalia available for purchase and profit every year in October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month originated back […]

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Get your annual mammogram, Rochester Hills wife and mother urges

Published On: | Eric Brown

Elizabeth Reeve is living proof that getting an annual mammogram can save your life. During her routine annual physical, a breast exam was conducted, and Elizabeth was told everything was fine. “The stars clearly were aligned that day,” she reflects. “As I got into my car, I realized my doctor had not ordered an annual […]

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Chemotherapy and fear are not hand in hand

Published On: | Eric Brown

You just learned you have cancer. Your life is about to turn upside down. Your mind is racing 100 miles an hour with all kinds of fears and worries when you hear another frightening word – chemotherapy. Now, panic and anxiety overwhelm you. Question after question pops into your head … what will happen to […]

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Local high school teacher learns breast cancer can strike at any age

Published On: | Eric Brown

School was out for the year and the July 4 holiday was approaching – two perfect reasons to celebrate. However, for Carman-Ainsworth High School health teacher Abbey Cowen, summer plans were about to change. In June 2007, Abbey went to see her primary care physician – Renee Krusniak, DO, for her usual annual physical. That […]

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Genetic testing is an option to help determine risk of breast cancer

Published On: | Eric Brown

Your grandmother and mother had breast cancer. Does this mean you also will get breast cancer? Here is the good news: only about 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are related to family history. Here is more good news: receiving information, resources and advice may help relieve your anxiety, and also empowers you to […]

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Anne’s story of hope and happiness following two surgeries

Published On: | Eric Brown

“I was vigilant; I performed breast self-exams routinely and went for my mammograms regularly; I exercise, I eat healthy … but, I knew I would get breast cancer … it just happened sooner than I expected.” Anne, a Human Resources professional living in the North Oakland County area, was 50 years old when she received […]

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I’m under 40. Should I worry about getting breast cancer?

Published On: | Eric Brown

Younger women usually don’t think about getting breast cancer because their risk is much lower than older women. However, about 11 percent of all new breast cancer cases in the US are detected in women under the age of 45. More importantly, when breast cancer is diagnosed at a young age (under the age of […]

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Second opinion pays off for local breast cancer patient

Published On: | Eric Brown

Grand Blanc resident, early childhood educator and owner of Studio T Pilates, Tami Lysher understands first hand the value of a second opinion. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, and referred to a surgeon who, “without even reviewing my chart or my test results, told me I needed a mastectomy. I was given […]

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