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Lose Weight to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women may be able to reduce their risk of developing invasive breast cancer by losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a study published in Cancer. Several studies have found an association between obesity and breast cancer, so a team of researchers from 11 medical centers

Breast Cancer Screening After Age 75

Although the risk of breast cancer increases with age many older women stop having mammograms in their later years—this despite an American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendation that screening continue. “The ACS advice reflects the fact that regular screening mammography saves lives,” says Laurie Margolies, MD, professor of radiology and director

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and

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

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