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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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Breast Self-Exams & Mammograms for Early Cancer Detection

Published On: | Kylie Chin

A breast self-exam is an at-home technique for identifying common symptoms of breast disease. When cancer forms in the breast, it usually appears as a lump or hardened knot — warning signs that can easily be detected by performing monthly self-examinations. The most effective method for identifying breast cancer is a mammogram, an x-ray evaluation […]

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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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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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Boobie bracelets: Is shock value worth awareness?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Last fall, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that a school district’s ban on “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets violated the students’ rights to free speech. Currently, national groups representing superintendents, school boards and principals are working to overturn the lower courts ruling by going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court. This […]

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Breast Cancer: In the News – December 2013

Published On: | Kylie Chin

A Stark Gap in Breast Cancer Deaths A few months ago we talked about the persisting racial disparity of breast cancer deaths. This past week, The New York Times published a state-specific animated representation that clearly displays the dissimilarity between white and black women dying from breast cancer. The difference in mortality rates between black […]

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What’s with all the mustaches?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

You may be asking yourself, “What was with all the mustaches in November?” Well, it’s kind of like wearing pink in October for breast cancer awareness—only less pink and more upper lip hair. Think of the mustache as the pink ribbon for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives, a symbol that generates awareness […]

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Twin Shares Tissue for Breast Reconstructive Surgery

Published On: | Kylie Chin

A remarkable story broke last week about two, twin sisters both diagnosed with breast cancer within a few months of each other and one twin donating tissue to her sister for breast reconstruction surgery. The 34-year-old twin sisters from Crown Point, Indiana, Kristen Maurer and Kelly McCarthy, were not the first to donate tissue to […]

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Breast Cancer: In the News – November 2013

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Breast Cancer Survivors Offered Free Nipple Tattoos Breast cancer survivors in Halifax, Nova Scotia who have undergone mastectomies are being treated to a complimentary nipple and areola tattoo. Newcombes Ink, a local tattoo parlor known for its community involvement, says the effort is to “help someone feel comfortable in their own skin.” Under normal circumstances, mastectomy […]

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