In their quest to gain a better understanding of what causes breast cancer, researchers have identified several risk factors, including getting older, early menstruation (before age 12) and/or late menopause (after age 55), family or personal history of breast cancer, mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, having dense breasts,
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The word “menopause” often is used inappropriately. A woman doesn’t “go through menopause.” She ends up in menopause. Menopause is the state a woman enters once she has gone 12 months without a period, at which point her ovaries are no longer producing the hormone estrogen. What she experiences leading
Breast cancer is consistently reported as a top health concern among women—and that’s no surprise, since one out of every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Estimates project that more than 40,000 American women are expected to die from the disease in 2017. However,
Hardly a day goes by without headlines touting the health benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet, which has been linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and possible brain protection. Now, a recent study suggests this style of eating may also help protect women against breast cancer.
The study compared breast-cancer risk
Ovarian cancer is devious and deceptive. As it first develops in a woman’s body, it may offer up no indication of its presence. Oftentimes, it doesn’t reveal itself until after it’s progressed, and when it does, many times its warning signs still go unrecognized.
That’s because ovarian cancer symptoms tend to
Energy Density of Diet Linked With Breast Cancer Risk
A low-energy density diet may reduce your risk of breast cancer after menopause, according to a study published in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. For the study, researchers analyzed dietary data on almost 57,000 postmenopausal women with no
Postmenopausal women often have a variety of concerns and problems that can result from the changes in their hormone levels. Margaret Polaneczky, MD, a gynecologist at the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, says that vaginal dryness is one of the most common complaints among postmenopausal women.
Know the Signs of Heart Attack, and Act on Them
Women suffering a heart attack wait much longer than men to call emergency medical services, and this puts them at greater risk for adverse outcomes, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session in March 2015.
Confused about how often to get a mammogram? Some newly updated guidelines may help. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women ages 50 to 74 undergo mammography screening every two years. The USPSTF notes that mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 50 are effective,
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. The main reason for this is the fact the disease is so hard to detect—it is typically symptom-free in its early stages, and also has no proven screening