Five Breast Cancer Blogs You Should Read

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of you know this. But did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers? About 1 in 8 women (12%) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. This is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Exercise, diet and early detection play huge roles in reducing breast cancer risk, as well as increasing survival rates.

To learn more about what you can do to decrease your risk, check out these blogs:

1. Tips for Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention

2. Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer

3. Herbal Formula Shows Promise for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

4. Diagnostic Tools and Screening Tests for Breast Cancer

5. Weight and Breast Cancer

And if you are donating to breast cancer causes, you may want to read this blog about where your really money goes when you give.

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Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could prevent cancer instead of having to deal with it after it happens? Fran Drescher, the actress with the unique voice, has a whole campaign called Cancer Schmancer, and the great thing about her approach is that she focuses on prevention. What a concept!

Did you know that world-wide more than one million women die from breast cancer every year? Yet less than one out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer has a genetic predisposition. So what is causing breast cancer? According to a report called State of the Evidence: The Connection Between Breast Cancer and the Environment, which summarizes more than 350 studies in breast cancer research, exposure to radiation and synthetic chemicals are possible causes. Continue reading “Household Chemicals and Breast Cancer”

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Weight and Breast Cancer

In a recent study in the journal Cancer, weight has been linked to higher reoccurrence of breast cancer, as well as increasing the likelihood of dying of cancer.

According to lead researcher Joseph Sparano, “Obesity seemed to carry a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence and death, even in women who were healthy at the time that they were diagnosed, and despite the fact that they received the best available chemotherapy and hormone therapy.”

One of the reasons for this may be that women who are overweight tend to make more estrogen, which can fuel the growth of estrogen receptor-positive tumors. And estrogen receptor-positive cancer accounts for 2/3 of breast cancers.  Continue reading “Weight and Breast Cancer”

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Why You Should Think Before You Pink

Breast cancer awareness is certainly a cause that everyone can rally behind. And no doubt for Breast Cancer Awareness month, you’ve been inundated with a ton of pink merchandise. There’s pink clothing, jewelry, candy, car accessories, and beauty care products to name a few.

But if you look closely at many of these products, you’ll find that they rarely mention how much of your purchase is going to benefit breast cancer research. Some don’t even claim to donate proceeds to an organization!

So, before you “go pink” this month, make sure you know where and how much of the proceeds are going to a legitimate breast cancer organization. A good idea is to make a direct donation to a  highly-rated organization where your dollars will go to work.

Here are a few to consider:

National Breast Cancer Coalition

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Fund

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Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Smoking has already been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, and now a new study in the British Medical Journal suggests tobacco can also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

The study drew on the records of the long-running nurses’ health study, which included more than 1,000 women over a period of 30 years.

The researchers found that women who smoked had a 16% increased risk of developing breast cancer. Among women who quit, the increased risk was 9%.

The greatest risk was for women who had smoked for 50 years or longer, compared with women who never smoked. The risk was also high for women who started smoking when they were teenagers. Even after quitting, the risk continued for up to 20 years, the researchers noted.

Second-hand smoke also increased women’s risk of breast cancer. Time to butt out!

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