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 [...]
Our handy illustrated breast self-exam instructions are one of our most popular pieces of literature. An Arabic version is now available to print and download, along with our versions in Mandarin, French Creole, Polish, Hebrew and Spanish.
Along with English, Spanish, French Creole, Mandarin, and Hebrew our popular “How To Do a Breast Self-Exam (BSE)” flier is now available in Polish.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in a myriad of ways. As a result of the pandemic, many women are delaying cancer screening, whether it is because their appointment was canceled or because they do not want to risk a trip to the doctor. Even if you make the choice to delay routine screenings, you can still practice early detection. [...]
Many people think of breast cancer as only affecting older women, but almost every week we evaluate a young woman who’s been diagnosed. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2019 an estimated 268,800 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer (1). About 10% of these will be diagnosed under the age of 45 (2). [...]
Mammograms are a crucial element of early detection of breast cancer, but how frequently women should be getting them has become controversial in the past few years. Biennially or Annually? Early breast cancer screening utilizing mammography has been one of the major factors behind the significant decrease in breast cancer mortality since the 1990s. As [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]