What Are BRAC1 and BRAC2?

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Ever since popular actress Angelina Jolie went public with the fact that she had undergone a double mastectomy as a preventive measure after a specialized test detected a harmful genetic mutation, there has been a lot of publicity surrounding BRAC1 and BRAC2.  BRAC1 stands for “Breast Cancer Susceptibility One” and BRAC2 stands for “Breast Cancer … Read More

Vegetable Compound Shows Promise in Treating Triple Negative Breast Cancer

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Approximately 15% to 20% of women with breast cancer have a form that is often referred to as “Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”  This name is used because women with this form of breast cancer do not have any of the three receptors (Estrogen Receptors, Progesterone Receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2)) that characterize … Read More

October Means Halloween/Breast Cancer Awareness

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Fall is in the air.  You can feel a slight chill when walking the kids to the bus stop in the morning.  The leaves are falling from the trees and are even starting to change colors.  Everywhere you look, you see pumpkins, goblins and ghouls.  It must be October.  October brings football, lots of leaves … Read More

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of this important month, following are some important facts and figures from the American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer in the United States: •  Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. •  It is estimated that about … Read More

2010 Healthcare Reform Law and Women’s Health

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Part of the 2010 healthcare reform law took affect on Wednesday, August 1st and requires that policies provided by private health insurance companies pay for a list of women’s health preventative services.  These services include birth control pills, Pap smears and mammograms.  The new policy also gives women the right to free breast-feeding support, supplies … Read More

Cancer Rates Expected to Rise Worldwide

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The seven most common types cancer worldwide are lung cancer, female breast cancer, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer and cervical cancer.  According to a study published in the journal Lancet Oncology, the number of people with cancer is likely to increase by more than 75% across the world by the year 2030. … Read More

Breast Cancer and the Importance of Early Detection

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Breast Cancer is a life-threatening disease that affects hundreds of thousands of women in the United States every year.  It is one of the most serious issues affecting women’s health today.  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 202, 964 women in the United States were diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2007 (the most … Read More