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
If you grew up thinking three glasses of milk a day are a must for healthy nutrition, you’re hardly alone. Even for Baby Boomers who secretly wished for a soda instead, at a healthy meal the glass was always filled with milk. Multi-million-dollar dairy marketing campaigns have reinforced the idea
Eating eggs occasionally probably won’t raise your risk of heart attack, stroke or heart failure. That’s the latest good news for egg lovers from a Swedish study following two large groups of men and women for 13 years. Only men who averaged one egg a day or more saw any
Depression associated with higher incidence of heart attack
Women age 55 and younger may be twice as likely as men to have a heart attack if they also suffer from depression. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 18, 2014) suggests that depression may be a
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
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
It’s no surprise that breast cancer ranks as one of the top health concerns among women, since an estimated one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during a life span of 95 years.
One topic that’s in the spotlight is dense breasts—women want to know what impact dense
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
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
Two tests better than one for dense breast tissue
Having a higher breast density makes it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram, and women with denser breast tissue are more likely to have larger tumors and a less favorable prognosis than women with breasts that are less dense. A