3D Mammography: Clear and Accurate

By Tanya / Guest Blogger
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3D mammo - cropped for posting

May 18, 2015

Mammography plays a major role in detecting breast cancer when it’s still small enough to be easily treated. And advances in detection and treatment of breast abnormalities, both benign and cancerous conditions, are helping to find small, invasive cancers earlier with less invasive techniques. 3D mammography, also called breast tomosynthesis, uses low-dose radiation to take […]

Don’t Worry … Be Happy!

By Muriel the Editor
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miriam

May 13, 2015

Why do you worry? What do you worry about? Can your worrying change the outcome of anything? Should you simply learn to go with the flow? To let things happen “naturally?” In 1988, Bobby McFerrin’s hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was No.1 on the pop charts and won “Song of the Year” as well […]

Breast Cancer: Know Your Family History

By Laura / Guest Blogger
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Genetic testing lab

May 11, 2015

For some patients, the risk of developing breast cancer is in their genes. About 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary — primarily caused by genetic mutations inherited from either a mother or father. Genetic testing for these mutations has been available for more than a decade. “Testing can be scary but […]

A Mother’s Fight

By Mary / Guest Blogger
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Mary and boys

May 10, 2015

  This Mother’s Day falls just before my two-year anniversary of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of early-stage, invasive breast cancer. Anniversaries can trigger traumatic memories, and as mine approaches, I catch myself reliving pieces of that day I was diagnosed. Breast cancer would permeate every layer of my identity, shifting the way I […]

Breast Cancer’s Pink Slip

By Miriam | Guest Blogger
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Pink Slip

May 08, 2015

Dating as far back as 1910, the term “pink slip” has been synonymous with the termination of employment. Many business forms and applications are made in triplicate: white, yellow and pink. The unfortunate employee about to be fired or laid off would receive the third or “pink” copy, which would indicate the immediate severance of […]

Two Years to the Day

By Daniela / Guest Blogger
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Daniella and sons Biltmore

May 04, 2015

This past Easter created new memories for my family and me. Exactly two years ago, I had my first brain surgery. This year not only did we celebrate the holiday, but our two sons had their confirmation during the service. I feel so blessed I could be here to see them become members of the […]

Early Detection is Everything

By Laura / Guest Blogger
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mamo

May 01, 2015

Mammograms have recently been in the news as studies have questioned their effectiveness in detecting breast cancer. So what does that mean for you?   The American Cancer Society recommends women undergo annual mammograms starting at age 40. However, those with a family history or genetic risks may need to start screening at an earlier age. […]

Keeping Up with a Healthy Lifestyle

By Alice Pereira RD CDE
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Alice speaking

April 13, 2015

“Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” was the theme for National Nutrition Month sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). One of the ways we can bite into a healthy lifestyle is to make sensible snacks part of our eating plan. Many times, we snack to satisfy that midday hunger or to hold us until our […]

Birthdays

By Mary / Guest Blogger
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Mary and her husband birthday

April 10, 2015

I recently celebrated my 39th birthday. One decade earlier, when I was living a vibrant, carefree life, I remember feeling my impending 30th birthday signified the end of my youth. In certain ways, it was true. I got serious about life in my early 30s. I finished my master’s degree, established a career, got married […]

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