Smoking triggers hundreds of permanent DNA mutations every year

If you’re still smoking, new research might motivate you to finally kick the habit. A study recently published in the journal Science shows cigarettes can trigger hundreds of DNA mutations in vital organs every year. There’s already a large body of evidence linking smoking with cancer, but now we have new insight into how tobacco … Continue reading Smoking triggers hundreds of permanent DNA mutations every year




Ana-Alecia’s infectious attitude defies cancer in Chemo Dance Party 2.0

She’s baaack!! Ana-Alecia Ayala wants to make you smile. If you don’t believe that, then watch the video of her dancing during a chemotherapy session at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas that has already been viewed by millions of people. Take a look at the infectious segment of her visit to the Ellen DeGeneres show inspiring … Continue reading Ana-Alecia’s infectious attitude defies cancer in Chemo Dance Party 2.0




JuJuOnThatChemo! Ana-Alecia takes a different approach to cancer treatment

Chances are you’ve seen or heard about Ana-Alecia Ayala’s story by now. She’s the Dallas mother diagnosed with a rare form of cancer who recorded herself dancing to ‘Juju on That Beat’ during a chemotherapy session in the Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. The video of Ana-Alecia dancing … Continue reading JuJuOnThatChemo! Ana-Alecia takes a different approach to cancer treatment




Rebuilding confidence: Breast reconstruction is more than just cosmetic

Breast reconstruction is often the final step for women after enduring the highs and lows of cancer. These women deserve to look and feel like themselves again, and I tell each one — this is your happy place. Most women are candidates for some form of breast reconstruction, whether they have had removed their breast … Continue reading Rebuilding confidence: Breast reconstruction is more than just cosmetic




I’m a physician and a breast cancer survivor

Three years ago I was given a diagnosis by my doctor that would change my life. I had breast cancer — invasive ductal carcinoma-estrogen and progesterone positive, HER negative. How could this happen? I was 41. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) algorithm for predicting at-risk patients and helping physicians decide who should have … Continue reading I’m a physician and a breast cancer survivor




40 over 40: How breast density affects your risk of breast cancer

Are you dense? Directed at your intellect, this question can be an insult – directed at your breasts, this question is vital to tailor your annual breast cancer screenings to maximize the early detection of breast cancer. Approximately 40 percent of women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue by mammography. What are dense … Continue reading 40 over 40: How breast density affects your risk of breast cancer




Gold Out: How Texas high school football and pediatric cancer research became teammates

Every fall, communities, parents and students are filled with exhilaration when their high school football team takes the field. We all believe, hope and dream that our team will be the state champion. As an employee of Rockdale ISD in Rockdale, Texas, Jeff Miller is part of this excitement and plays the role of athletic … Continue reading Gold Out: How Texas high school football and pediatric cancer research became teammates




Connecting others through the fight against cancer

Each year, we celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day. But Lynda Dyer doesn’t need to be reminded, because she’s living proof of cancer survivorship. When Lynda was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago, she didn’t cry, although, she remembers her family cried. “I didn’t know anyone who had breast cancer,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about … Continue reading Connecting others through the fight against cancer




How saliva could detect oral cancer before symptoms arrive

New research explores whether a person’s saliva contains biomarkers that flag oral cancer. Investigators with Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Baylor College of Dentistry have jointly launched a new study to determine whether some metabolites in saliva can be used to detect oral cancer in early stages. Funded by … Continue reading How saliva could detect oral cancer before symptoms arrive