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A Type of Obesity You Can’t See May Raise Your Breast Cancer Risk

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,

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

Annual Physical: Still a Best Practice for Staying Healthy

Annual Physical: Still a Best Practice for Staying Healthy

It’s ironic that while many people are avoiding the doctor for fear of what it will cost, some medical experts are debating the value of the one “free” aspect of the Affordable Care Act: an annual physical (a.k.a. preventative exam) and appropriate screening tests.

The annual physical and screening tests

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

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

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