Having kids leads to a small, but significant, increased risk of breast cancer

(Julia Belluz/ Vox) — You’ve probably heard that having children and breastfeeding them reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. But according to new research, in the years immediately following childbirth, women are actually at a small, heightened risk of the disease. That’s the finding of a major new review of 15 studies from three […]

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Updated mammography guidelines in Canada consider woman’s preference, not only age

(Sheryl Ubelacker/ Canadian Press) — New guidelines for breast cancer screening are intended to give women more of a voice in their health care decisions, taking into account their personal values and preferences rather than age and risk factor alone. The guidelines, released Monday by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, encourage women aged […]

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Drug halves tumor recurrence for women with a common breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay Reporter) — For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds. The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a […]

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Study: some women should start mammograms at 30

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends. Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms as much as women in their 40s do, researchers […]

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Breast cancer screening should be offered to women in late 70s, experts say following major study

(Henry Bodkin/ The Telegraph) — Breast cancer screening should be extended to include women in their late 70s, as a significant number still develop the disease past the age of 75, experts have said. A large-scale study of women around the age of 80 found that a majority of those diagnosed with the disease were suffering […]

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Study: Morning people less likely to develop breast cancer

(Allen Cone/ UPI) — If a woman regularly wakes up early in the morning, she has up to a 48 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study in England. In addition, women who slept longer than seven to eight hours had a 20 percent increased risk per additional hour slept. The findings, […]

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Hormone injections protect ovaries during breast cancer chemo: study

(Southwest Oncology Group) — Final results of SWOG Cancer Research Network’s groundbreaking international Prevention of Early Menopause Study (POEMS) clinical trial are in, and they show continued evidence that women who get injections of the hormone drug goserelin along with standard breast cancer chemotherapy are more likely to become pregnant – without developing negative side […]

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Don’t ignore these breast cancer signs & symptoms — if you have 1 or more, see your doctor

(InspireStory.com) — If you’re a woman, there’s a roughly one-in-eight chance that you’ll end up with breast cancer during your lifetime. Therefore, it’s more than worth it to know exactly how to detect your risk—no matter what your symptoms may be. Every year, over 7 million people die from some form of cancer out of […]

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N.L. woman spreads Breastless and Beautiful message in Kentucky and at 35,000 feet up

(CBC News) — When Dana Metcalfe headed out on her honeymoon nearly two weeks ago, she and her husband packed something special: the Breastless and Beautiful calendar produced by a group she founded. “It’s a beautiful project,” she told CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show on Thursday, on the phone from Louisville, Ky., where she and her […]

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This tattoo artist provides breast cancer survivors with incredibly realistic nipples

(Jamie Feldman/ HuffPost) — Piret Aava is in the business of beautiful brows. She calls herself the Eyebrow Doctor and regularly gives her more than 42,000 Instagram followers a look at how microblading, a semi-permanent tattoo technique to shape and fill in a person’s brows, can dramatically change facial appearance. She says clients include the likes […]

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