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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Hypothyroidism and anxiety: what’s the connection?

(Erica Patino/ Everyday Health) — Hypothyroidism is a condition that can leave you feeling sluggish and contribute to weight gain and mood changes, so it’s not a surprise that it can be tied to depression. But hypothyroidism symptoms can also include anxiety. In fact, a review published in June 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry found people with hypothyroidism are more than twice as likely […]

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8 common symptoms of underlying health problems women ignore

(Kalwyna Rathod/ Femina) — Ladies, just like you shouldn’t ignore instincts in life, you shouldn’t ignore what your health is trying to tell you either! A fast-paced lifestyle, busy schedule, and a laid-back attitude often make us overlook the signs and symptoms we experience. And in other cases, we end up attributing some widely common […]

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Would you recognize the signs of ovarian cancer?

(Jess Commons/ Refinery 29) –– For many young women (myself included), female-specific cancers seem like an older person’s game – something we’ll worry about when the menopause comes, or even later, when we’re sitting in an old people’s home. Actually, though, when it comes to ovarian cancer, nearly half of cases are found in women under […]

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HPV vaccine protects even young women who haven’t been vaccinated

(Linda Carol/ NBC News) –– There’s growing evidence that the HPV vaccine can protect even young women and girls who haven’t been immunized. A new government study finds human papillomavirus infections have declined dramatically in both vaccinated and unvaccinated teen girls and young women. Data from a national database reveal an 88 percent decline in the prevalence […]

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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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Key symptoms of ovarian cancer are being ignored

(Katy Harrington/ Stylist) — Women’s lives are being put at risk because urgent cancer symptoms are being overlooked during the pandemic, according to new research by the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. A warning has been issued by Target Ovarian Cancer ahead of ovarian cancer month in March. A new survey shows that less than two in 10 women (17%) […]

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Why an abnormal Pap smear doesn’t always mean you have cancer

(Elena Bruess/ Insider) — A Papanicolaou test, commonly called a Pap smear, tests for abnormal cells in your cervix  — the area connecting the uterus to the vagina — and determines if these cells may be precancerous (called dysplasia) or cancerous. The goal of a Pap smear is to detect abnormalities before they become cancer. It may take up […]

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