Breast Cancer Prevention

The Impact of Food Deserts and Swamps on Breast Cancer Risk

Food swamps and food deserts are both environmental factors that can significantly impact dietary habits and, subsequently, health outcomes including obesity. Breast cancer is one of thirteen obesity-related cancers which account for 40% of all cancers in the United States.  What are food swamps and food deserts and how can they affect breast cancer risk [...]

Ask the Plastic Surgeon: Does breast reduction surgery lower the risk for breast cancer?

Yes, by removing a significant portion of breast tissue during a breast reduction procedure, your risk is lowered by reducing the amount of tissue that could potentially undergo cancerous transformation. There is clearly still a cancer risk since there is plenty of breast tissue remaining as this is only a breast reduction, not a mastectomy.  [...]

FDA Updates Mammography Regulations to Require Reporting of Breast Density Information and Enhance Facility Oversight

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published updates to the mammography regulations to, among other things, require mammography facilities to notify patients about the density of their breasts, strengthen the FDA’s oversight and enforcement of facilities and help interpreting physicians better categorize and assess mammograms. “Today’s action represents the agency’s broader commitment to support [...]

Is Intermittent Fasting Worth the Weight?

Obesity and being overweight are the cause of a number of major health concerns including 13 types of cancer, including breast cancer. As a result, many seek out methods to help with weight management in an effort to reduce risk. Most recently, intermittent fasting (IF) has taken the spotlight as a method to help achieve this goal.

Getting a Jump Start on Breast Cancer Prevention

With high school students focused on making the varsity squad, getting into their dream college, and which TikTok video just went viral; they are losing sight that their lifestyle choices can have a dramatic lifelong impact on their breast health. Research reveals that the mammary gland in young men and women undergoes significant structural changes [...]

Family Legacies: Hereditary Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women

Knowledge about family history of breast, ovarian and other cancers can help individuals be proactive, prevent cancer, and increase early detection screening, when treatment is minimal.     Cancer is usually not an inherited condition. However, approximately 10% of all cancer is hereditary, meaning it is due to a genetic mutation passed down from one’s mother or [...]

4 Ways A Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Breast Cancer Odds

  Today’s fad diets seem to be defined by what you’re no longer allowed to eat. The plant-based diet, also called the whole-foods plant-based diet, or a WFPB diet for short, is a little different (and may we say a breath of fresh air?). This way of looking at food (because the word “diet” doesn’t [...]

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New Study Shows Hair Dye & Hair Straightener Use Increases Breast Cancer Risk

With over one-third of adult women estimated to use hair dye in the U.S. (1), hair dye and breast cancer have been a topic of interest with researchers for some time. A study published in December in the International Journal of Cancer sheds some light on the controversial issue. In the paper, researchers examined women [...]

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Few people think of gardening as exercise, or even think of it as having any health benefits at all. So you might be surprised to learn that not only is it a fantastic low-impact low-intensity exercise, it might be the perfect exercise when it comes to breast health, because it makes a positive impact on almost every controllable breast cancer risk factor.

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How to Enjoy the Benefits of Walking & Running

A fantastic option for fighting cabin fever is to get outside and exercise. Walking and running are workouts that almost everyone can do, at any time, and in any place, and most people already have all the equipment they need: a good pair of shoes. Walk around your neighborhood, a nearby park, a hiking trail, a running track at the local school or even walk to the store instead of driving.