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Everybody is an expert!

Published On: | Eric Brown

In the 1980s, scientists were considered the “go to” experts for reliable information regarding our health. In the 1990s, PhD students became “the source.” By the early 2000s, it was the media we trusted. And today … Karen on Facebook knows what is best for us. This is becoming more concerning during the unforeseen COVID-19 […]

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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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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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The Value of a Second Opinion

Published On: | Eric Brown

When patients hear the words “you have cancer,” oftentimes their brain shuts off to any other information shared with them at that time. As a result, they may leave the doctor’s office frightened, worried, and unclear on what to do next. The patient couldn’t possibly expect to be able to digest the treatment plan the […]

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Top 10 Common Myths About Breast Cancer

Published On: | Eric Brown

Breast cancer is the #1 enemy of women – FALSE! Young women don’t get breast cancer – FALSE! A negative mammogram means you do not have breast cancer – FALSE! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to get your facts straight when it comes to breast cancer. We want to share with you […]

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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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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Published On: | Eric Brown

A very common questions that patients have is “why did I get breast cancer?”.  Unfortunately, there are rarely satisfying answers.  Here is a terrific article published in 2010 by the National Institute of Health, on breast cancer risk factors.  There is a lot of very helpful information: The etiology of the majority of breast cancers […]

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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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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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