Life with metastatic breast cancer

(WebMD) — Being told you have metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer is a lot to take in. It means your cancer has spread to other parts of your body. Although there is no cure, your doctor has ways to slow the disease’s growth and help you keep a good quality of life. And thanks to […]

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What you need to know about doing a breast self-exam

(Sarah Yang/ Yahoo) — According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 62,930 new cases of noninvasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women. Yes, those are some […]

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Breast cancer screening: the goal is early detection

(Daniel Richardson/ Washington Daily News) — To screen for breast cancer or not? When you consider that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, the answer to this question should be “yes.” The more difficult question to answer is, “What is optimal breast cancer screening?” Before […]

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Diagnosed with stage IV cancer, two 30-somethings are ‘making the breast of it’

(Jenice Armstrong/ Philadelphia Enquirer) — When bad things happen, you can get upset. Or you can try to make the “breast” of it. That’s what Andy Sealy, 39, and Krysten Gentile, 37, decided to do after they were diagnosed in 2017 with stage IV breast cancer. Together, they’ve launched a podcast called Making the Breast […]

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Dr. Laura Berman: ‘I’m a sex therapist and I felt lost after my breast cancer diagnosis’

(Laura Berman/ Women’s Health) — My mother died of breast cancer. Then, just a short while later, as I was still grieving her loss, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. One year my routine mammogram was clear. And just a year after that clear mammogram, a scan showed my left breast was full of tumors. […]

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Genetic testing: the benefits, the risks, and the latest knowledge

(Canadian Breast Cancer Network) — According to Genetics Home Reference, “Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.” […]

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Aggressive breast cancers store sugar to enable it to spread

(All4Women) — Cancer cells – especially the more aggressive ones – seem to have an ability to change. It’s how they evade treatment and spread throughout the body. But how does a cancer cell have the energy it needs to do this? Researchers recently found that aggressive breast cancers store glycogen in very large amounts, […]

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‘Stage 4 Needs More’: Mom with cancer’s fierce fight for research

(Lisa Finn, Patch) — Step inside Keri Lynn Stromski’s Jamesport, N.Y., home and see a home bursting with life, with family, with love. Amid the Halloween and autumn decorations are framed and mounted words of affirmation: “Simplify.” “Family.” “Peace.” Stromski, a kindergarten teacher spent Friday with her tiny charges at Aquebogue Elementary School, making apple […]

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Joggers take on breast cancer at annual Run for the Cure

(Adam Kovac/ CTV) — Across Canada, runners strapped on their shoes on Sunday to take part in an annual fundraising event aimed at ending cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society’s Run for the Cure has raised almost $500 million since it was first created in 1992. At this year’s Montreal event, organizers estimated they raised another […]

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Breast cancer isn’t always a ‘battle’

Two new books about breast cancer look at the disease in a different light (Sarah Weinman/ Elemental) — Earlier this year, I was having drinks with my friend L. We hadn’t seen each other in quite a while because she had moved out to the West Coast, while I still live in New York. We […]

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