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Clinical- and Self- Breast Exams Are Vital for Breast Cancer Detection

Although these tests are controversial, they are highly effective in identifying lumps that lead to breast cancer diagnoses. Clinical breast exams and breast self-exams are valuable tools in the fight for breast cancer detection even though they have unclear guidelines. In a poster presentation during the Society of Breast Imaging/American College of Radiology 2021 Virtual [...]

Are Cooling Caps a Solution to Chemo-Related Hair Loss?

Photo Source: Paxman Haircare Advancements in cancer treatment are occurring all the time, but one consequence of chemotherapy stubbornly remains, alopecia or hair loss. This particular side effect can cause deep psychological and emotional repercussions on a patient’s quality of life. Chemotherapy-related hair loss can cause “anxiety, depression, lowered self-esteem, and an overall reduced sense [...]

The Maurer Foundation Welcomes New Board Member Tammy Fortune

The staff and Board of Directors of The Maurer Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Tammy Fortune to our Board. As the daughter of renowned breast surgeon and The Maurer Foundation’s founder, Dr. Virginia Maurer, Tammy has been a staunch, lifelong supporter of breast health. Learning how to teach a breast self-exam at [...]

JAMA Breast Cancer Screening Research Article and Editorial Misleading and Ignore Disparities

The research letter by Patel et al, and accompanying editorial by Habib et al, published March 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine contain serious omissions of fact. The claim that facilities offering mammograms to women ages 40 and older are operating counter to recommendations of “national societies” is misleading at best. [...]

Nutritional Supplement Know-How

What to Consider When Contemplating Dietary Supplements People around the world are spending over 140 billion dollars every year on nutritional supplements, with the well-intentioned effort to improve their health.(1) The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 defines a dietary supplement as a product taken by mouth that may contain contain dietary ingredients [...]

Woman getting a mammogram

Study Finds Missing Regular Mammogram Increases Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

Attendance at regular mammography screening substantially reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to a large study of over half a million women, funded by the American Cancer Society and published in the journal Radiology. Researchers said women who skip even one scheduled mammography screening before a breast cancer diagnosis face a significantly [...]

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Which Side Effect of the Covid-19 Vaccine Mimics Breast Cancer?

As Covid vaccine eligibility continues to grow, more and more people are getting up close and personal with its typical side effects: arm pain, fatigue, and mild fever. Recently, one of the lesser-known side effects of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines has been causing concern, as it mimics a breast cancer symptom. The vaccines can [...]

Every Challenge is an Opportunity

As we approach the end of 2020, we realize that with every challenge there is an opportunity. Hear from our Executive Director to learn more.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

I love the holidays! There has always been joy and sparkle in the air and there is nothing better than celebrating with family and friends. And during this time of COVID-19 we are finding ways to be together. With friends and family “pods”, and groups on Zoom, we are still keeping in touch and keeping [...]

BRCA Gene Testing: What African American Women Need To Know

What are BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genes? While every woman has about a 12% risk to develop breast cancer, the risk is higher when a woman has a variation in a certain gene. In the mid 1990’s, researchers found that mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase a woman’s, and sometimes a man’s, risk of [...]