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  • Why breast density matters

    Why breast density matters

    What it means to have dense breasts—and how they can affect your breast cancer risk. After a routine mammogram, your radiologist or doctor might have told you that you have dense breasts. But what exactly are dense breasts, and how can they affect your breast cancer risk? Simply put, “Women with dense breasts have more […]

  • Mammogram rates steady, even with new guidelines

    Mammogram rates steady, even with new guidelines

    Women continue to have mammograms each year, despite recent recommendations against the annual breast cancer screenings. That’s according to a study from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, published in the April 19, 2013, online edition of the journal Cancer. Researchers found that mammography rates rose at a slight but statistically nonsignificant rate between 2008 and […]

  • Drug cuts breast cancer risk by more than half

    Drug cuts breast cancer risk by more than half

    Image: Thinkstock The drug anastrozole (Arimidex) reduced the chance of developing breast cancer by 53% in postmenopausal women at high risk for the disease (40 women developed breast cancer in the anastrozole group, compared with 85 women in the placebo group), according to a study published online December 12 in The Lancet. Anastrozole works by […]

  • What do the new mammography guidelines mean for you?

    What do the new mammography guidelines mean for you?

    Image: Bigstock Women can devise their own breast cancer screening schedules based on their risk and preferences. If you tend to “go by the book” for preventive health care, you probably get a flu shot each fall, have a colonoscopy every 10 years, and generally follow the experts’ recommendations. But what do you do about […]

  • Radiation for breast cancer is linked to narrowing of the coronary arteries

    Radiation for breast cancer is linked to narrowing of the coronary arteries

    Women who undergo breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) for early-stage breast cancer usually receive radiation therapy as a part of their treatment. Radiation kills cancer cells left behind after surgery and helps prevent them from causing a recurrence or spreading to other tissues. For example, in a 2011 study in The Lancet involving more than 10,000 women […]

  • Mammography

    Mammography

    What Is It? Mammography is a series of X-rays that shows images of the soft tissues of the breast. It is a valuable screening procedure that can detect breast cancer early, as long as two years before a lump can be felt. For women ages 50 to 74 with an average risk of breast cancer, […]

  • High olive oil consumption linked to lower breast cancer risk

    High olive oil consumption linked to lower breast cancer risk

    Image: Bigstock Research we’re watching A preliminary study published Sept. 14, 2015, in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that older women in Spain who ate a traditional Mediterranean diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil were less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The study was part of a large Spanish clinical trial, Prevención con Dieta […]

  • Dense-breast notification letters are confusing, study shows

    Dense-breast notification letters are confusing, study shows

    Research we’re watching Dense breasts can mask cancer on a mammogram and are an independent cancer risk factor. However, there is no evidence to indicate that women who have dense breasts should have additional tests. In about half of U.S. states, women who have dense breasts receive a notification letter to that effect in addition […]

  • Changes to mammogram screening recommendations

    Changes to mammogram screening recommendations

    Image: Thinkstock News briefs The guidelines for routine breast cancer screenings are changing again. The American Cancer Society (ACS) published its new recommendations Oct. 20, 2015, in The Journal of the American Medical Association, suggesting that women at average risk for breast cancer now wait until age 45 to begin getting yearly mammograms (it had […]

  • 4 Natural Sweeteners That Are Good For Your Health

    4 Natural Sweeteners That Are Good For Your Health

      Here are 4 natural sweeteners which are all low in calories, low in fructose and taste very sweet and that are truly healthy for you. 1. Stevia Tips: Stevia is a natural, zero calorie sweetener that can lower both blood pressure and blood sugar levels.   Stevia is known for low-calorie sweetener and it […]

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