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Why Do Ashkenazi Jews Have a Higher Risk of Breast Cancer?

Photo courtesy of Caroline Davis2010 via Flickr. Along with other controllable and uncontrollable risk factors, genetics can play a crucial role in determining breast cancer risk levels. When we talk about genetics in our breast health programs, people often ask if there are specific groups more prone to breast cancer. The answer is yes. Jewish [...]

5 Healthy Habits For Back-to-School

Prepping your meals ahead of time and making a bagged lunch every day are healthy habits that help improve breast health. As we know from our high school breast health programs, back-to-school time can be a stressful time for parents, teachers, and students. The good news is that it can also be a great opportunity [...]

Announcing a New Federal Law that Aims to Educate Women of the Importance of Dense Breast Tissue

The FDA is making updates to mammography regulations that were issued under the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. These important improvements will help ensure that every patient is given feedback concerning their personal mammogram results, as well as additional health information. The FDA has [...]

Long Island Breast Cancer Forum

On July 24th, we were invited to participate in the Long Island Breast Cancer Forum organized by Senator Monica Martinez, Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Nassau County Legislator Siela A. Bynoe and Councilwoman Valerie Cartright. We discussed the importance of early detection and breast self-examination. Above, you will find a full video of [...]

Should You Be Worried About the Radiation Dose of A Mammogram?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttOI2un0PcU Let’s be honest, mammograms probably rank right up there with dental appointments on a list of Americans’ favorite pastimes. When I talk to patients about mammograms, I hear a variety of fears about this simple breast cancer screening procedure, with the most frequent being the level of radiation patients are exposed to. Pregnant women, [...]

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How Does Sex Reassignment Surgery Affect Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

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 about transgender men and women?

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 [...]