Having healthy breasts starts with healthy habits–things that can keep them looking and feeling great, while also helping to prevent breast cancer. Given that it’s breast cancer awareness month, why not take the time to give your breasts a little extra attention? So this week on Pimp My Health, we are offering eight tips on how to keep your breasts at their healthiest. Take a look and spread the word! More
Topic: breast cancer
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When a friend tells you she has breast cancer, don’t just say, “Call me if you need anything.” “Just do it,” says one breast cancer survivor. “Rarely will some list off a bunch of tasks, and, really, it’s too much extra to think about.” Instead, just call and say, “I’m picking up your kids today at noon.” Or “I’m at the grocery store; what do you need?” Taking action and doing some things–without being asked–will make their lives easier during this stressful and scary time. According to the breast cancer survivors we talked to, here are the top 10 things you should do when a friend is facing this disease: More
All this month, we’re going to be talking about breast cancer. We’re talking about the health side of it–like symptoms and treatments–as well as the human side, like how to talk to someone who’s been diagnosed. But a new study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment highlights another huge part of the conversation: Causes, or potential causes. According to the study a kind of chemical banned in 1977 may still be increasing our risk of breast cancer. More
As you definitely already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But let’s be honest: Women who have survived or are living with breast cancer are aware. They’re aware of the pink ribbons, the support walks, the research–and they’re aware of the fact that most people just don’t know what to say to someone with breast cancer. So, in the spirit of raising awareness, we asked survivors of breast cancer what they wanted never to hear again.
It’s October 1 and it’s that time of year when pink will be popping up everywhere in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While many of us think we’re doing a noble thing by buying pink shoes, pink bracelets and pink buckets of fried chicken, “pinkwashing” is often just a marketing ploy to sell more products. Often times, it’s only a slim percentage that makes it to the cause. Sure, there are companies who donate 100% to breast cancer research or patients, but how do you really know if it’s real or just a scam? Just ask four questions. More
New research identifying four major types of breast cancer has been getting a lot of attention from scientists (and reporters) hailing it as “the breast-cancer equivalent of putting a man or woman on the moon.” If you feel like you’re missing something, here’s a quick breakdown of why you should care about the new genetic research (and what it could do for our breasts). More
‘Parenthood’ has taken on a variety of health issues, from Asperger’s syndrome to infertility and heart problems. Now, they’re taking on breast cancer. Last night’s episode ended with what Salon writer Willa Paskin calls “the fastest mammogram-to-diagnosis sequence in TV history,” setting us up for a season in which Kristina (who gave birth last season and saw her oldest daughter off to college in this season’s premiere) battles one of this country’s most common killers of women. More
For decades, young adult author Judy Blume has been shaping the lives of teens (particularly girls) with her pragmatic, popular novels on subjects that matter to kids. Touching on everything from divorce to sex and, most famously, periods, Blume’s novels aren’t afraid to talk about tough stuff–and, as a result, have become standard-issue 7th grade reading. Now, the beloved author has started a new chapter in her life–she is battling breast cancer. More
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A recent, important study found that physical activity can cut your breast cancer risk, which isn’t exactly a new idea, as plenty of studies before it have drawn the same conclusion. But apparently, according to the Daily Mail, there’s really only one kind of activity that women should worry their cancer-y little breasts about: Housework. More
Ann Romney helped kick off the Republican National Convention last night by attempting to relate to women–the population that is Mitt Romney is trailing President Obama in the polls, 41% to 51% respectively. And while she did a good job of making us relate to her because of her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer, she lost us when she started talking about her struggles with paying bills. More
After Susan G. Komen for the Cure pulled the plug on its funding last spring, Planned Parenthood got a windfall of donations from supporters who came out in droves to back the women’s health non-profit. Yesterday, they announced that the extra money will go towards a new breast health initiative–a slap in the face of critics who’d have you believe that their health clinics are just abortion super-centers disguised as health clinics. It’s hard–and, I recognize, very unpopular–to criticize anyone for providing free mammograms, but I’m going to say it: They might be proving critics wrong, but in sticking with the standard line in breast cancer care, I think Planned Parenthood missed an important opportunity to further women’s health. More
Why would a non-profit organization distort facts for profit? According to two Dartmouth professors, that’s exactly what the Susan G. Komen Foundation is doing with their ads for breast cancer screening, which they say oversell the benefits of mammography, while ignoring the potential negative side effects and spread “false hope” in patients. More
I have a letter here on my desk from my insurance company reminding me that it’s time to schedule my annual mammogram. It’s been sitting there for weeks, mainly because I dread these exams and the anxiety and fear that accompany them. But today I discovered a reason to possibly not have one: a new research study claims that mammograms have little (if any) effect on the number of deaths from breast cancer. So this makes me wonder, why bother having one at all? More