If you are a woman over 40, you should think about getting your annual mammogram in order to detect signs of breast cancer. Debra L. Monticciolo, MD, FACR, the section chief of breast imaging on the medical staff at Scott & White Clinic – Temple, answers some common questions you may have about mammograms, and … Continue reading What doctors look for in a mammogram
Back in the 1970s, mastectomy was the only accepted surgical option for breast cancer treatment. A lot has changed since then, including steadily increasing breast cancer survival rates, more sophisticated diagnostic techniques and a wide range of treatment options. What remains the same, however, is that the earlier you can catch cancer, the better your chances … Continue reading Therapeutic vaccine for triple negative breast cancer, a breakthrough in cancer research
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
As Anne Shirley, in Anne of Green Gables so classically said, “Marilla, do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?” “A bosom friend—an intimate friend, you know—a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life. I never really supposed … Continue reading Fighting breast cancer for my best friend
There is no doubt that olives and olive oil are part of a healthy diet and this is a large controlled research project which gives it credibility. The oil itself is special because compared to the other monounsaturated fats it has around 72 percent oleic acid which is peri-oxidation resistant and has many other antioxidant … Continue reading Could olive oil cut the risk of breast cancer?
After battling cancer three times, Joan Katz, a Fort Worth resident and philanthropist, wanted a better way for people to make their way through the maze of doctors, hospitals and paperwork as she explained to the 360 Magazine for their April 2015 article “Guiding Lights”. Working with Dr. Alan Johns, her gynecologist and a fellow … Continue reading Charting a journey: Three-time cancer survivor on her mission to help others move forward
We know that vaccines have the power to prevent deadly diseases, but could they also prevent cancers from recurring? In a small but promising pilot study, Baylor researchers are investigating whether a vaccine made from a patient’s own immune cells could help prevent breast cancer recurrences in women at high risk. Plan of Attack The … Continue reading Could a New Vaccine Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrences?
If someone asks you if you’re at risk for breast cancer, you’ll probably look to your family history. Did your mom, sister or aunt have cancer? If these women have all been healthy, you may think you’re safe with no risk for breast cancer. Therein lies danger because the truth is—only about 15 percent of … Continue reading Are you at risk for breast cancer?
In early 2013, actress Angelina Jolie made international headlines with her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy after she discovered she had a mutation in one of the BRCA genes. In an op-ed, she detailed her journey in order to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing and treatment options for … Continue reading BRCA gene mutation: Can I still have children?
As a breast cancer survivor, Leslie Williams felt grateful to be alive. She also felt confusion about her disease triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), a type of cancer that seems to affect women of color more than other ethnic groups. TNBC is named because the breast cancer cells test negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and HER2. … Continue reading Survivors on Purpose – Breast Cancer Heroes Come Together