Many women contend with breast tenderness or pain. It’s common to have before your menstrual period. Clinically called mastalgia, breast pain usually isn’t a sign of something serious, such as breast cancer. Even more good news: You don’t have to live with it.
Your genes are like an encyclopedia. They contain valuable information about you—for example, your eye color, height, or skin tone. They can also determine your risk for certain diseases, including breast cancer. Genetic testing may help some women take action against this potential health concern. Is it right for you?
All breast cancers have this in common: They begin in breast tissue. Beyond that, they aren’t all the same. Doctors use these differences to decide on the most effective treatment plan for women diagnosed with the disease.
From time to time, we all need a helping hand. That’s even more the case if you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. A patient assistance program may ease difficulties related to the disease. Unfortunately, many women don’t know about these services.
Eating peanut butter and breastfeeding. These two activities may see like they have nothing in common. But recent research suggests they may be two of the latest ways you can curb your risk for breast cancer.
All women have at least some risk for breast cancer. But some are more likely than others to eventually develop the disease. Health organizations urge these high-risk women to talk with their doctor about chemoprevention. Certain drugs may actually be able to help ward off breast cancer.
Humans are naturally diurnal—we prefer to be active during the day and sleep at night. Working the night shift disrupts this normal pattern . The result: a potential host of health problems, including insomnia, heart disease, and stomach illnesses . Recent research implies you can also add breast cancer to that list.
Until a cure is found, early detection remains the soundest strategy we have against breast cancer. The best tool at hand is mammography. It saves women's lives. But it's not perfect. As a result, scientists are developing other imaging tests to help spot breast cancer.
Certain factors can raise your risk for breast cancer. Some you probably already know about, such as age and a family history of the disease. But what about breast density? Research shows that not all women have a clear understanding of breast density and its connection to breast cancer. Read on to learn more about this lesser-known risk factor.
Plastic surgery is becoming more popular, with the most common procedure now breast augmentation, or enlargement. Contrary to what you may think, women with breast implants aren't immune to breast cancer. In fact, a recent study suggests they may be more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage disease.
As you grow older, your chance of developing breast cancer increases. In fact, two-thirds of cases occur in women ages 55 and older. Still, younger women can develop the disease. And a recent study found that more of them-particularly those younger than 40-are being diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread throughout the body.
A traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or a severe car accident, can trigger feelings of anxiety and distress-maybe even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So, too, can a breast cancer diagnosis. Recent research shows that approximately 25 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer may suffer from PTSD. Learning good coping strategies can help you deal with such life-altering news.
Breast cancer doesn't discriminate. Women of all ages, races, and ethnicities - men, too - can develop it. For some women, though - in particular, African-Americans - breast cancer can be more deadly. Many factors play a role in this disparity. Fortunately, by being proactive about breast health, women can help protect themselves from this disease.
Over the last decade, more Americans have been dismissing cancer screenings, including mammograms. Why? Experts suspect this drop may partly be because of the confusion surrounding screening guidelines. Despite this uncertainty, mammograms remain a valuable tool in fighting breast cancer.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer today have more treatment options available to them than ever before. And scientists continue to make advancements. Coupled with better screening tests that help with diagnosis, newer treatments have helped to reduce the risk of dying from this disease over the last 30-plus years. Below are some of the latest ways doctors are bringing the fight to breast cancer.
Learning you have breast cancer can be overwhelming. Many women face hard decisions about their care. A new study indicates that having a strong social network may help women better cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. In particular, it may boost their odds of survival.
Early diagnosis is crucial in fighting breast cancer. It often leads to faster treatment and a better chance of survival. That's where a service called "patient navigation" may fit in. A recent study shows this service may shorten the time to diagnosis.
For older women, the benefits of getting a mammogram every two years outweigh potential harms, researchers say.