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How Does Sex Reassignment Surgery Affect Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

Pink ribbon photo courtesy of Marco Verch. Transgender symbol courtesy of Wikimedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. Breast cancer risk factors are heavily influenced by sex assigned at birth and hormone levels. So it’s no wonder that one of the top questions we get in our breast health programs is, what [...]

Breast-Self Exam Instructions Now Available in Hebrew

Along with English, Spanish, French Creole and Mandarin, our popular “How To Do a Breast Self-Exam (BSE)” flier is now available in Hebrew.

How To Talk To Your Family About Genetic Testing For BRCA & Breast Cancer

With the holidays right around the corner, now is an opportune time to talk to far-flung relatives about breast cancer, other hereditary cancers, BRCA and any genetic testing your relatives may have received. Between a difficult diagnoses and the public nature of a holiday dinner, though, the topic can be tough to bring up, especially [...]

At-Home DNA Kit is Approved To Test Breast Cancer Risk and BRCA Gene Mutations

In March 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first direct-to-consumer genetic test that could identify an increased breast cancer risk. This kit, offered by 23andMe, is administered without a physician’s prescription. How Does 23andMe Test For The BRCA Gene? With 23andMe, consumers mail their saliva sample for laboratory analysis, and their reports [...]

Breast Self-Exam Flyers Now Available in Spanish, Mandarin & French Creole

Doing a regular breast self-exam is one of the most important (and easiest!) ways to detect breast cancer early. And now it’s even easier, with our popular breast self-exam flyer translated into Spanish, Mandarin and French Creole. View these handy flyers online or download them and print them out for yourself or give to friends [...]

Do’s and Don’ts of a Proper Breast Self-Exam

Many women rely strictly on screening mammograms to detect breast cancer. Although mammograms are one of the most effective ways to detect cancer in its earliest stages, they can miss up to 20 percent of breast cancers. Breast self examination (BSE) can be another effective method of early detection, when practiced monthly.  If you haven’t [...]

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Lymphoma

What Do We Know About the Lymphoma-Breast Implant Link? Lymphoma is a blood cancer. The cancer linked to breast implants, known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), is a rare form of lymphoma that is classified as a non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), late-onset symptoms of ALCL, as it relates [...]

Melanoma’s Link To Breast Cancer: What You Can Do

With the first days of summer upon us, now is the time people start thinking about beaches, barbecues, boating, working on tans and hopefully, sun protection. But what does sun exposure have to do with breast cancer? The Melanoma-Breast Cancer Link While tanning and sunburns don’t increase breast cancer risk, it does increase risk for [...]

Our Take on the Kardashian Genetic Testing Episode

While general information on breast cancer shows up in mainstream media all the time, it’s pretty rare that genetic testing and the breast cancer gene BRCA are discussed. That’s why we were excited when we heard that the reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians dedicated a whole episode to it last year. In the [...]

MammaPrint: Promising Genomic Test Could Help Patients Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Avoid Chemotherapy

In August, the New England Journal of Medicine published an encouraging study on MammaPrint, a 70-gene diagnostic test that seeks to better predict breast cancer recurrence in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. The genomic test, which was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2007, can help physicians determine whether chemotherapy, a treatment plan that [...]