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An Update on Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer – Komen Perspectives

The link between family history and breast cancer was well known even before actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had a gene mutation that greatly increased her risk of the disease. Ms. Jolie’s story has certainly pushed the issue to the headlines. It’s sparked a great deal of interest in genetic testing for breast cancer, leaving many […]

Palliative Care for Breast Cancer: Important and Often Underused – Komen Perspectives

If you haven’t heard of palliative care or aren’t quite sure what it is, you’re not alone. Surveys find that most people and even some doctors, don’t have a full understanding of palliative care and all it has to offer those with cancer or other major illnesses.1   What is palliative care? Palliative care is a […]

Debunking Five Common Myths About Breast Cancer Treatment – Komen Perspectives

After a breast cancer diagnosis, women (and men) have to weigh many, often complex treatment options. Then, along with the help of their medical team and family members, they must make important choices about their care. Key to making these decisions is reliable information about breast cancer. Unfortunately, not all the information people have access […]

Answering Questions About Soy and Breast Cancer – Komen Perspectives

Walk the grocery stores aisles these days and you can’t go too many steps before coming across a food with soy as a main ingredient. Yet, despite such popularity – and in part because of it – soy remains an important and somewhat controversial health topic, particularly when it comes to breast cancer. Many women […]

Beyond the Heart of the Matter: Aspirin and Breast Cancer Risk and Survival – Komen Perspectives

For a medication that’s been around in one form or another for over 2,000 years, aspirin still has a surprising way of grabbing headlines. Once used mainly for pain relief, fever and heart attacks, aspirin has now broken into the realm of cancer prevention. A string of scientific papers have recently been published focusing on […]

Should I Be Worried? Breast Cancer Risk–Understanding the Numbers – Komen Perspectives

It can seem like health writers are obsessed with numbers. Pull up any news article or blog post on breast cancer, and you’ll likely wade into a sea of percentages, decimals, odds and fractions. Often, these numbers describe “risk.” It’s a familiar term but also one that can have some specific meanings when it comes […]

Environmental Chemicals and Breast Cancer Risk – Komen Perspectives

Over the past 30 years, breast cancer rates have increased by nearly 20 percent in the United States (though more recent years have begun to see small declines). During this time, the number of synthetic chemicals in the environment has also increased. These trends have caused many to question whether the increasingly polluted environment is […]