Breast Cancer’s Link to Ovarian Cancer

The genetic predisposition that affects many women with Breast cancer can also leave them at heightened risk for developing Ovarian cancer. Since Breast cancer awareness has taken off, women have become much more concerned with breast health and monitoring potential symptoms, however, ovarian health has yet to see the same response. This is possibly due […]

Recovering From A Mastectomy

Mastectomy is a treatment option in which the entire breast is removed in order to prevent breast cancer recurrence or as a preventative measure in high risk individuals. Many women choose mastectomy as part of their healing journey. Recovery for everyone may look different depending on the type of mastectomy performed and due to the […]

What Are Fibrocystic Breasts

Fibrocystic breasts are composed of thick or lumpy tissue that may change the texture of the breast. The breast tissue may feel scar-like, firm, or rubbery and be noticeable through the skin. While this may sound frightening, it is actually quite common, with more than half of women experiencing fibrocystic changes in their lifetime.   […]

Hormone Therapy For Breast Cancer

Forms of breast cancer that are hormone-receptor-positive require hormonal therapy to reduce the risk of further development or recurrence. Hormone therapy is most often used after surgery, but can be advised at any stage of cancer or treatment. There are several different hormonal therapy medications, and the right one will depend on your unique situation […]

Managing Breast Cancer Treatment

If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer, there are many treatment options available to you such as surgery, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Because these treatments are strong enough to fight off and kill cancerous cells, they will likely cause different side effects throughout the body. These side effects may last for the duration of treatment […]

Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

Learning you have been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant can be surprising, scary, and stressful. Because of changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy, detecting breast cancer can be complicated. Thickening of the breasts makes it harder to spot smaller lumps, resulting in diagnosis only after the disease has already progressed. Because of this, […]

Breast Cancer Recurrence

Breast cancer treatment aims to eliminate all cancerous cells, however, there is always a risk of recurrence. Breast cancer recurrence occurs when undetected or new cancerous cells begin to multiply after an initial treatment has been completed. It can take months, or even years, for recurrent breast cancer to surface. While learning you have recurrent […]

Non-cancerous Breast Conditions

Finding a lump on your breast can be a frightening experience, however, it is important to remember that not all lumps are cancerous. Non-cancerous, also known as benign, breast conditions refer to abnormal changes in the breast, such as cysts, discharge, or other irritations that are non-life threatening. While they may not pose an immediate […]

Warning Signs of Breast Cancer

The warning signs and symptoms of breast cancer can vary from woman to woman, so it is crucial to become familiar with how your own breasts normally look and feel. In addition to your annual screening mammograms, you should try to do a monthly breast self-examination to maintain peak breast health. Unfortunately, some mammograms may […]

How Exercise Helps Prevent Breast Cancer

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, studies have shown that engaging in physical activity can help lower the risk of breast cancer in women. Researchers believe physical activity plays an integral role in women maintaining a healthy weight, which helps prevent obesity, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. All of these factors […]

Are you worried that you are at risk for breast cancer?

Women in America have a 12% chance of a breast cancer diagnosis sometime within their lifetime. While women shouldn’t let the fear of cancer consume their lives, they should remain aware of the very real possibility. There are a variety of risk factors that can lead to breast cancer that women can and cannot control, […]

There is some tenderness in my breasts, should I be worried?

When you first experience breast tenderness, the unfamiliar pain can be jarring and worrisome. These pains can create reasonable concerns in regards to your health and wellbeing. Despite this, it is important to take a deep breath and relax! Breast pain is extremely common and the discomfort you’re experiencing is most likely non-cancerous.  Breast pain […]

All You Need to Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women. It is a disorder that is so common yet many women are not familiar with it.  PCOS consists of your ovaries becoming enlarged and containing cysts around your ovaries. These can cause an array of symptoms that range from woman to woman. […]

Why Do Annual Screening Mammograms Start At Age 40?

  Did you ever wonder why women are advised to begin routine mammography screenings at age 40? There are several evidence based reasons that support the recommendation of all women to begin yearly mammography screenings at age 40.  1 out of every 6 breast cancers are detected in women aged 40 to 49.  When women […]

How to Combat Infertility

Combating infertility can be one of the most difficult things a couple may have to do. However, that does not mean it’s impossible. It is possible with a little bit of help and support from those around us and doctors.  Many women go through this pain and many of them win the battle, having multiple […]

“Do I Need To Get A Mammography Screening Every Year?”

One of the most common questions that women aged 40 and over ask their physicians is if it is necessary for them to get a mammography screening every year. Each year in the United States, 1 in every 8 women develop invasive breast cancer. A mammography screening is the single, most crucial weapon to detect breast […]

What is Breast Density and How Does it Affect a Mammography Reading?

  In the United States alone, more than 50% of women aged 40 and older have dense breasts. Breast density is determined by the proportions of fatty tissue, glandular tissue, and fibrous connective tissue present in the breasts in comparison to the proportion of fat tissue. Glandular and fibrous connective tissues are more dense than […]

All You Need to Know About a Mammography Scan

A mammography scan, also known as a mammogram, is a specialized x-ray imaging of the breast that is used to detect and diagnose breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. Images are created of the inside of the breasts by exposing the breast tissue to a small number of ionizing radiations. There are currently three types […]

How to give yourself a routine breast cancer check

It is recommended that all women aged 20 and over begin conducting monthly breast self-exams to identify and keep track of any changes in their breasts. Establishing a regular self-exam schedule allows women to detect abnormalities including lumps, changes in skin texture, or discharge. Self-examination is important in order to detect and diagnose breast cancer […]

STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month! Learning about STDs can give you the tools you need to protect yourself. What Are STDs? STDs are known as sexually transmitted diseases, meaning that they often – though not exclusively – spread via sexual intercourse. Formerly known as venereal diseases, STDs are the most common contagious diseases with more […]

National Infertility Awareness Week

April 19th through April 25th is National Infertility Awareness Week, in which we unite millions of Americans in order to reduce the stigmas around infertility. The first step to breaking down barriers is education and during this month, we provide resources to educate and make a difference. What Is Infertility? Infertility, which affects 8 to […]

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

In 2000, President Bill Clinton dedicated the month of March as National Colorectal Cancer Month. During this month, we rally together in order to provide support for patients, survivors, and advocates around the country. Wear blue! Hold a fundraiser! Educate! Don’t assume that everyone knows about colorectal cancer. It’s key to take this time to […]

Understanding Endometriosis

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month! During we seek to provide an understanding of endometriosis in order to allow for coping and support of those who suffer from this disorder. Understanding Endometriosis Endometriosis is a painful disorder that offers when endometrial tissue, which is tissue similar to that which lines the uterus, grows on the outside […]

Understanding Eating Disorders

The national eating disorder awareness week is February 24 – March 1. During this week or always, we seek to educate and destigmatize eating disorders. Eating disorders require treatment and understanding eating disorders, knowing the signs and symptoms, is the first step to getting help. You are not alone. If you or someone you love […]