Prevention and Early Diagnosis Articles
Cancer of the Immune System (ALCL) and Breast Implants: Plastic Surgeons Study 173 Women – In 2015, plastic surgeons who have been well known for defending the safety of breast implants published a study of 173 women with cancer of the immune system caused by breast implants.
Why are celebrities removing their breast implants? – Most of these women aren’t just talking about body image; they are getting their implants removed because of their health. Breast implants can make some women so sick that removal is their best hope for feeling like themselves again. Several celebrities are trying to spread this information to the general public.
Are Breast Implants Safe for Cancer Patients? – At the time the Institute of Medicine report was published in 1999, the major controversy about breast implants was whether it could cause connective-tissue diseases or autoimmune diseases. There were only 17 studies on the subject at the time, but the conventional wisdom was that these studies proved that breast implants are safe. However, a careful review of the results paints a different picture.
Breast Implants and Cancer of the Immune System (ALCL): A History of Who Knew What When – The FDA has reported growing evidence that breast implants are associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare cancer of the immune system.
When should women start regular mammograms? 40? 50? And how often is “regular”? – In recent years, there has been a growing concern that annual mammograms starting at age 40 may do more harm than good for many women. That is why the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an expert group that reviews the latest research findings, recommends that mammography screening for most women start at age 50 rather than 40, and that the frequency be every two years (instead of annually) through the age of 74.
Are breast implants safe? What is FDA’s Track Record? – In 2011, the FDA announced that saline breast implants and silicone gel breast implants were linked to a rare cancer of the immune system.
ALCL and Breast Implants: 2017 Update – In March 2017, FDA updated its website to officially report that breast implants could cause a type of cancer of the immune system that can be fatal. Read about the research here.
After Mastectomies, an Unexpected Blow: Numb New Breasts – Dane’e McCree decided to have her breasts removed. Her doctor assured her that surgery would spare her nipples and leave her with natural-looking breasts.
Sientra’s Silimed Brand “Gummy Bear” Silicone Gel Breast Implants Pose Safety Questions – In December 2012, the FDA approved Sientra’s “Silimed silicone gel breast implants.” These implants are also called “gummy breast implants” because they are made of a thicker gel that is said to resemble candy gummy bears. But are they safe?
Can Vitamin D Prevent Cancer? – New research suggests that vitamin D may help women diagnosed with breast cancer to survive the disease.
What women need to know about inflammatory breast cancer – Separate facts from myths about inflammatory breast cancer.
Should women undergo mammograms? YES. – Learn more about the benefits and risk of mammograms.
DCIS, LCIS, pre-cancer and other "stage zero" breast conditions: what kind of treatment – if any – is needed? – Many women are diagnosed with abnormal breast conditions that are not cancer or may never develop into invasive cancer, such as DCIS.
Summary of: Breast Implants, Self-Esteem, Quality of Life, and the Risk of Suicide – Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States, and many women are also encouraged to choose breast implants for reconstruction after a mastectomy. However, studies in the United States and Scandinavian countries have shown that suicide rates are higher for women with implants.
Aspirin: could it reduce your risk for cancer? – Often called a “wonder drug,” aspirin reduces aches and pains, fever, and swelling, and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. But few of us ever imagined that it might also lower our chances of developing several types of cancer, and help keep cancer from spreading.
Breast implants and mammography: what we know and what we don’t know – There has been a lot of attention given to mammography screening in recent years. Some of this information has been confusing to women—at what age should I first have a mammogram, how frequently should I have repeat mammograms, and are mammograms even effective? These are questions that women both with and without breast implants have been trying to understand. The latest study from FDA scientists helps to answer these questions.
Why do mastectomy patients with breast implants commit suicide? – One study of suicide among women who got breast implants after mastectomy found that their suicide rate was 10 times higher compared to other mastectomy patients.
5 ways you can cut your risk of breast cancer – Here’s the good news about how to cut your risk of breast cancer, and reduce your risk of recurrence.
Can a handful of nuts a day keep cancer away? – Evidence is growing about the many ways in which eating nuts, seeds, and legumes can improve your health. These foods have been linked to healthier hearts and a lower risk of diabetes, but now studies show they may also cut your risk of getting cancer! Here’s what we know and don’t know.
Should I “upgrade” to digital or 3D? A mammography guide – Mammography overview: learn more about similarities and differences between traditional mammograms and the newer digital and 3D mammograms.
DCIS: Mostly good news – More women are getting an early diagnosis of breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Although it is good to find cancer before it becomes life-threatening, many women do not get enough information on their treatment options and end up receiving unnecessary treatment.
Prophylactic or optional mastectomies – If you are someone you know is thinking about getting a mastectomy, read this article to learn important information that should be discussed with your doctor before choosing your breast cancer treatment.
Menopause and the ongoing hormone therapy debate – Hormone therapy has been used to treat the symptoms of menopause since the 1940s. There has been evidence that these hormones can cause a variety of illnesses, including breast cancer, but some new studies are questioning these findings. But, can they be trusted?
Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer – Hormone “Replacement” Therapy may help reduce the symptoms of menopause, but research has found that it increases the risk of breast cancer and other serious health problems.
Does abortion cause breast cancer? – Separate Fact from Fiction.
Can wearing a bra cause breast cancer? – Should you believe the internet warnings that wearing a bra, or wearing an underwire bra, causes breast cancer?
BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations: when your genes increase your cancer risk – BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce proteins that suppress tumors and repair damage to our DNA. If there is a mutation in one of these genes and they do not work properly, DNA damage may not be repaired. This can eventually cause cancer. If you find out that you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, it doesn’t mean you will definitely get breast or ovarian cancer. There are a few ways you can lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer
Can girls lower their breast cancer risk by eating peanut butter? – Peanut butter, a favorite food of so many kids and overwhelmed parents, may help ward off abnormal breast conditions linked to cancer.
Flaxseed: what is it and can they keep you healthy? – Suddenly, everyone is talking about adding flaxseed to your diet. What is flaxseed and how can eating it make you healthier?
Angelina Jolie’s decision – Did Angelina Jolie make the right decision? And should that influence other women? Our president Dr. Diana Zuckerman explains why Angelina’s risk of breast cancer is lower than she was told and what the implications are for you.
Physician groups make recommendations to improve cancer care and reduce costs – Does an 18-year-old female need a pap smear? Should a patient with a mild sinus infection be given antibiotics? You might be surprised that the answer to both questions is NO according to leading physicians.
Breast thermography can not replace mammograms – Despite recent claims, the FDA has issued a warning to women who undergo breast cancer screening: Do not replace mammograms with thermograms.
FDA review indicates possible association between breast implants and a rare cancer – ALCL, a type of cancer of the immune system, is developing in the breast area of women with breast implants more often than for women who don’t have breast implants. When women with implants have breast pain or abnormalities they need to see their primary care physician or OB/GYN to have it checked out.
Buy a nice sleep mask! It’s an investment in your health – Research shows that sleeping in total darkness allows your body to produce as much of the hormone melatonin as possible. This is good because when your production of melatonin drops, you are at greater risk of breast and/or colorectal cancer and other health risks.
Breastfeeding: the finest food for your infant isn’t sold in any store – Evidence has been mounting about the health advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and child. From a reduced risk of obesity to an increased resistance to disease, study after study shows that, when possible, breast milk is the ideal food for your newborn child. Is this the right option for you?
Tips for preventing a recurrence of breast cancer – Maintaining a healthier lifestyle can help prevent cancer from recurring.
Do women with non-cancerous breast conditions eventually get cancer? – Although most breast abnormalities are not cancerous and will not lead to cancer, some women with breast abnormalities may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future.