Breast Cancer Can Affect Women at Any Age

Breast Cancer Can Affect Women at Any Age

Breast cancer affects one out of eight women. If you are a woman, it is very important that you realize that breast cancer can attack at any time. Breast self-examinations, getting the doctor to examine your breasts, and mammography; these are all important things. In addition to that, you want to be as aggressive as you possibly can in treatment if it’s necessary.

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Should Breast Cancer Patients Have the Other Breast Removed Preventatively?

Should Breast Cancer Patients Have the Other Breast Removed Preventatively?

We know that women diagnosed with cancer in one breast are at greater risk for developing cancer in the other breast. One of the questions many women ask is, “Should I have the other breast removed prophylactically to avoid developing cancer in the other breast?” It’s a difficult question and very hard to predict, but according to a study of 524 women with breast cancer, there appears to be several things that increase the risk: Having more than one tumor in the same breast when the initial cancer is diagnosed, and having breast cancer that begins in the milk-producing glands. In these situations, we strongly recommend you talk with your physician and think it over.

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Vitamin D, Calcium and Breast Cancer Risk

Vitamin D, Calcium and Breast Cancer Risk

We know that vitamin D and calcium help fight osteoporosis in women. But now there is news from a major Harvard Medical School study that women who get a lot of vitamin D and calcium throughout their lives may cut the risk of breast cancer by almost third. The study looked at data for more than 10,500 premenopausal women and 21,000 postmenopausal women; they were 45 and older. These women were part of the Women’s Health Study. The study in humans supports prior studies in animals that found an association between calcium and vitamin D and breast cancer.

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The Estrogen Controversy

The Estrogen Controversy

There is a controversy about estrogen and it’s definitely one that has been brewing for quite some time; whether or not estrogen actually can actually increase the risk of a whole wide variety of problems. The thing about estrogen is it was commonly given to women at the time of menopause because it clearly helped with things such as hot flashes. But studies have shown that there are problems associated with breast cancer, heart disease, and other issues. Estrogen may not be the answer; in some women it is, but in some women it should be avoided. You need to talk about estrogen with your doctor.

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