Is it time to get your first or next mammogram? The question can be tricky. The American Cancer Society says women should get mammograms every year starting at age 45. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says you can hold off till you're 50 and that you need the test only every other year, while
Not long ago, the main goal of treating metastatic breast cancer -- meaning the disease has spread well beyond the breast -- was to keep a woman comfortable. But a lot has changed in the past decade. Now treatment can help many women live longer, better, and disease-free for periods of time. Pamela
Most of the more than 232,000 cases of breast cancer that will be diagnosed in the United States this year are not due to a faulty gene passed down through families. As with most other cancers, they happen because of genetic mutations that happen as we age. But about 15% of women with breast cancer
When you feel a lump in your breast, it's understandable to be concerned. But don't jump to conclusions. Instead, take action. Call your doctor to find out what it is. Also, make sure you haven't fallen for any of these 8 myths about breast lumps.
Most breast lumps women feel -- 8 out of 10 -- aren'
Preventive double mastectomy is surgery to remove both breasts as a way to try to prevent breast cancer. If you're considering it, you need answers to the following questions.
Some of the most common reasons are: Cancer in the family: Did your mother, sister, or daughter have breast cancer, espe
You may have a million excuses not to get that annual mammogram, but your reasons may not be as good as you think. Don't blow off your appointment before you get the facts behind these myths and defenses.
It's true that if breast cancer runs in your family, you're more likely to get it, especially i
By Ashley Ross and Sophie Banay Moura Cancer: The word alone can paralyze us. Instead of protecting ourselves, we resort to magical thinking—it won't happen to me. That's a mistake. Rates of the top five cancers in women 20 to 39—in order, they are breast, thyroid, melanoma, cervical, and colorectal
The FDA has ruled that the cancer drug Avastin is no longer approved for treating advanced breast cancer -- but can still be used for other cancers. In a news release, the FDA stated that Avastin "has not been shown to be safe and effective" for treating breast cancer, but that Avastin would stay on
Having a serious illness almost always takes some kind of toll on your sex life. But breast cancer can bring all thoughts of intimacy and sexuality to a screeching halt. Treatments can bring on temporary -- and sometimes permanent -- premature menopause, making intercourse painful. Chemotherapy and
Just a few months before learning that she had breast cancer, Christina Applegate got a shocking insight into the struggles faced by other young women also at high risk for the disease -- and who don’t have the resources of a Hollywood celebrity. Because her mother had battled breast cancer and ovar