App helps breast cancer patients, survivors keep moving

(Jill Barker/ Montreal Gazette) — While the survival rate of breast cancer has been on the rise since 1987, it’s still the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and ranks second in cancer-related deaths of women. But with 88 per cent of Canadian women now living at least five years after diagnosis, an increasing […]

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What are the known risk factors for breast cancer?

(Jaime Herndon, Healthline) — Breast cancer happens when the cells in the breast multiply and grow more rapidly than they should. The cancer cells can spread to other areas of the body through the lymph vessels and bloodstream. As with most diseases, there are risk factors associated with breast cancer. There are steps you can take […]

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Acupuncture can ease pain in cancer survivors

(Jamie DePolo/ Breast Cancer. Org. ) –– Two types of acupuncture were better than physical therapy, steroids, and pain medicine usually used to ease ongoing muscle and/or joint pain among cancer survivors, according to a study. The research was published online on March 18, 2021, by JAMA Oncology. In acupuncture, sterile, single-use, hair-thin needles are inserted […]

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Signs of breast cancer you should not ignore

(Rachel Nall/ Medical News Today) –– A breast lump or mass is just one of the possible signs of breast cancer in men or women. Breast cancer can cause several additional changes to the skin on and around the breast. Anyone who notices any of these changes should see a doctor. In some cases, breast cancer may […]

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4 women on what comforted them during breast cancer treatment

(Sarah Klein/ Health) –– Coping with breast cancer treatment isn’t easy, no matter how many casseroles appear on the doorstep, or how often the neighbors pick up the kids from school. Breast cancer patients face a roller-coaster of emotions, ranging from fear and loss to courage and gratitude. To get through it, women often draw strength from […]

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Choosing a healthy diet during cancer treatments

(Longevity) — Cancer affects a patient’s appetite, leading to reduced food intake. In some cases, tumors tend to induce anorexia in cancer patients. Cancer treatments, like surgical procedures, chemotherapy, and interventional radiology procedures, also cause side effects that may affect a patient’s food consumption. Maintaining a healthy diet is a necessary step to feeling better during […]

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Skipping mammogram increases risk of death from breast cancer

(Radiological Society of North America/ 69 News) — Attendance at regular mammography screening substantially reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to a large study of over half a million women, published in the journal Radiology. Researchers said women who skip even one scheduled mammography screening before a breast cancer diagnosis face a significantly […]

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Breast cancer: is milk a risk factor?

(Richard Hoffman/ The Conversation) — Breast cancer has now overtaken lung cancer as the world’s most commonly diagnosed cancer, and as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in many countries. While genetics can certainly increase risk of the disease, for most women lifestyle factors, such as alcohol or being overweight or obese, are bigger influences on developing breast […]

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COVID-19 vaccine side effect can seem like breast cancer

(Sarah Jacoby/ Self) — The most common COVID-19 vaccine side effects aren’t particularly surprising: arm pain, fatigue, maybe a mild fever. But experts want the public to be aware that one lesser-known side effect of the vaccines might cause symptoms that are similar to warning signs of breast cancer. A small number of people have developed lymphadenopathy (meaning […]

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The 8 foods to eat to reduce your lifetime risk of breast cancer

(Caitlin Mucerino/ The Beet) — Breast cancer is the number one cancer among women in the US, afflicting about 276,000 women a year, or 1 in every 8 women over their lifetime, which is why so many of us are searching for ways to reduce the risk of a diagnosis. On a positive note, when detected in […]

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