Why fear is keeping the breast cancer community from coming together

(Dana Donofree/ My Health Story/ EverdayHealth) — “You’re lucky you caught it early,” said just about everyone I encountered after I was diagnosed with breast cancer a day before my 28th birthday. I believed them. I thought they must know something I didn’t know. It was early — stage 1, to be exact — a […]

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When breast cancer spreads

(WebMD) — If your cancer spreads beyond your breast and the nearby lymph nodes, it’s considered advanced, or metastatic. The most common places it spreads to are the lymph nodes, liver, lungs, bones, and brain. Even if it isn’t curable, there are treatments that can help manage your cancer so you’re able to do everyday […]

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Breast cancer awareness: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

(Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD/ Medecine.net) — The outlook for women with breast cancer is improving constantly. Due to increased awareness, opportunities for early detection, and treatment advances, survival rates continue to climb. In the U.S., October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the campaign is designed to increase breast cancer awareness. There are many organizations […]

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Non-profit organizations for cancer patients: We need help

(CTV News) — This letter is co-signed by the leaders of five provincial non-profit organizations supporting cancer patients and their loved ones. Together, they provide services to more than 55,000 Quebecers every year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, non-profit organizations supporting cancer patients across Quebec are faced with their greatest financial crisis to […]

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Radiation plus surgery may be best against an early form of breast cancer

(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay News) — Research following patients for nearly three decades finds that surgery plus radiation beats surgery alone for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) — a common, early form of breast cancer that can become invasive cancer. However, the study also found that any survival advantage for the combo treatment appears […]

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Doctors explain what to look for during a breast self-exam

(Lauren Dana and JR Thorpe/ Bustle) — When’s the last time you felt your breasts for lumps? It’s a serious medical question; while breast cancer can show up with multiple symptoms, including unusual nipple discharge or swelling and pain, a lump in the breast tissue is one of the classic early warning symptoms. But if […]

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Understanding stage 0 breast cancer

(WebMD) — So the doctor says you have stage 0 breast cancer, and now you have lots of questions. What does that mean? Is it even really cancer? The truth is, doctors aren’t entirely sure either. Some experts consider it the earliest stage of breast cancer. Others think of it as a sort of precancer […]

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High-risk mammogram patients ‘hesitant’ to show up for appointments amid COVID-19

(Carolyn Ray/ CBC) — Staff at the Nova Scotia breast screening program are trying to reassure patients that it’s safe to come in after an alarming number of high-risk women skipped their mammogram. “It’s a little disheartening. If people aren’t comfortable coming, they really shouldn’t take an appointment,” said Trena Metcalfe, the program manager for […]

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UW researcher finds new, simple way to screen for breast cancer

(Carmen Groleau/ CBC News) — Omar Ramahi and his team at the University of Waterloo have come up with a new and simple way to screen for breast cancer that could be coming to the market in the near future. A professor of electrical and computer engineering by trade, Ramahi and his team have created […]

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One cup of milk per day associated with up to 50 per cent increase in breast cancer risk: study

(Nicole Bogart/ CTV News) — New evidence suggests that women who drink as little as one cup of dairy milk per day could increase their risk of developing breast cancer by up to 50 per cent. Researchers say the observational study gives fairly strong evidence that dairy milk or factors closely related to the consumption […]

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