Archive for the ‘Breast Cancer A-Z’ Category

Medications can Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

There are a variety of factors that increase breast cancer risk, some of which respond well to risk-reducing medications. The term “chemoprevention” is a term often used to describe a number of risk reducing drugs intended for the purpose of decreasing breast cancer risk.

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Are you at high risk for breast cancer?

By now, many people are aware that having a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene increases the risk of getting breast cancer. What about other factors that increase risk?

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Breast Self Exam

Angelina Jolie’s breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk demonstrates to the viewers of Home & Family how to perform a proper breast self exam. Read the rest of this entry »

The California Breast Density Law

California legislature recently passed a law requiring that women who have screening mammograms are informed by their health care provider if they have dense breast tissue. This makes California the 5th state in the nation to require this notification.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Patient’s Journey: Angelina Jolie

In an article in the New York Times today, My Medical Choice, Angelina Jolie promised to share some background about her medical treatment with women seeking more information about BRCA gene Read the rest of this entry »

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

A sentinel lymph node is the first node or nodes in the armpit that receive the lymphatic drainage from the breast.  If cancer exists in the breast, it might escape to the armpit lymph Read the rest of this entry »

BRCA Gene Mutations

In 2013, we expect 232,340 new invasive breast cancers plus 64,640 in situ (pre-invasive) cancers, and 40,030 deaths; 2240 of those cancers  Read the rest of this entry »

Prophylactic Breast Dye Injection (PBDI): An Innovative Idea from the Pink Lotus Breast Center

Whenever women have an operation for breast cancer, surgeons routinely check the armpit to see if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. This is called a sentinel lymph node biopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

Self Health 15 Minute Smoothie

During my keynote speech to the American Cancer Society’s Young Professionals group in Hollywood, I shared one of my favorite recipes – not just to stay healthy, but also to Read the rest of this entry »

Pink Lotus Breast Center First in the U.S. to Launch GE’s Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Pink Lotus Breast Center, a comprehensive and integrative breast center exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, Read the rest of this entry »

Sheryl Crow’s Ultimate Breast Cancer Prevention Guide

Sheryl Crow and I were recently invited to the Dr. Oz show. Because breast cancer can be such a complex topic, I was particularly excited when I found out Read the rest of this entry »

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

A few days ago, CBS News released a report of a Connecticut woman who alleged that her employer dismissed her after the company became aware that she carried the BRCA2 gene mutation Read the rest of this entry »

WellPoint Says It Will Stop Dropping Sick Policyholders

In followup to our recent blog post, WellPoint and Blue Shield of California announced today that they will stop the practice of dropping sick policyholders Read the rest of this entry »

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy

A Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) biopsy uses a small needle to remove fluid or cells from a suspicious lesion. These cells are then smeared onto slides Read the rest of this entry »

WellPoint Targets Breast Cancer Patients For Rescissions

Reuters has released a report that alleges that WellPoint, the largest health benefits company in America by membership, is routinely dropping the policies of breast cancer patients Read the rest of this entry »