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Editor’s Note: Healthy Resolutions: 2014

Items related to health and well-being appear on many lists of New Year’s resolutions. Here is a simple list of “to-do’s” to help you take optimum care of your health in 2014:

First, be sure that all your screening tests are up to date—mammogram, colonoscopy, skin and gynecologic exams. Also, a

The Mammogram Frequency Debate: What It Means to You

The question of how often women should be screened for breast cancer seems to have no clear-cut answer. While some experts say that women should be screened once a year, not all experts agree with this recommendation.

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women between the

Protect and Check Your Skin to Lower Your Cancer Risk

While the sun may lift your mood and give you what you think is “healthy” color, a tan is actually visible proof that your skin has been harmed. That harm can result in skin cancer, and one in five Americans will develop the disease during his or her lifetime.

“The sun’s

Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

For years, the mammogram has served as the primary tool for breast cancer screening. Mammography can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is smaller and has not spread beyond the breast. In the search for a potential alternative to mammogram screening, researchers are studying other tests, such

Breast Cancer: Separating Fact From Fiction

Breast cancer is not caused by cell phones, caffeine, antiperspirants, bras, or mammograms. It’s not contagious, it does not automatically develop if you have a family history of the disease, and a diagnosis is not a death sentence.

Those myths about breast cancer are easy to dispel because there is simply

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Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia/Memory
Cardiovascular disease linked with higher risk of cognitive decline (Apr., 2)

Factors other than dementia may affect your memory (Dec., 3)

Memory aids can help compensate for mild cognitive impairment (Jan., 3)

New tests for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (Oct., 6)

What PET scans and other imaging tests reveal about brain health

Cancer Screenings: Which Ones You Need and How Often You Need Them

Cancer remains the second most common cause of mortality in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in every four deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2014, an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases will be diagnosed, and 585,720 cancer deaths will occur in the U.S.

You can lower your risks

Tell Your Doctor About Breast Cancer Symptoms

Tell Your Doctor About Breast Cancer Symptoms

Each year, some 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in American women, and about one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point. Breast cancer represents the second-most common cancer in women after skin cancer, and it’s the second-leading cause of death in women

Breast Pain: What Causes It and How to Treat It

Breast Pain: What Causes It and How to Treat It

Three-quarters of women are thought to suffer from breast pain (also called “mastalgia”) at some point in their lives, and many automatically assume that it could red-flag breast cancer. However, breast pain isn’t typically a symptom of breast cancer.
Breast pain can manifest as slight tenderness, a dull, heavy ache, or

Dense Breast Tissue and Cancer Detection

Dense Breast Tissue and Cancer Detection

To a weight-conscious woman, fat isn’t a good thing. But when it comes to finding breast cancer, fat may be your friend. That’s because having more fatty tissue in the breast makes it easier to identify breast cancer on a mammogram. Conversely, having more dense breast tissue makes this task

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