A study that examined the eating habits of 90,000 women over time found that there was an increased risk of breast cancer in those women who ate red meat. The risk of breast cancer was twice as high in the women who ate the most red meat compared to those who ate the least. This is a well-conducted study that comes out of the Harvard Nurses Health Study – a group of nurses who have volunteered to answer questions about their lifestyle over time that has given us insight into risk factors for various diseases. The study also suggested something called a “dose response” association – meaning that the more red meat a woman consumed, the greater her risk of breast cancer. These findings are not unexpected – similar studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer as well as colon and prostate cancer – in people who eat red meat compared to non-meat eaters. Red meat also increases the risk for heart disease (coronary artery disease). Another line of evidence comes from Japan. In...
October 11: If you spot a new, glossy, bright pink magazine on
the shelves of your local grocery and book stores, it may be the
Live & Thrive After Breast Cancer . This semi-annual
magazine is the first to focus entirely on breast cancer.
My wife Keri Haberstroh was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. My name is Doug, and I'm here to tell Keri's story. It is what she would have wanted. Keri had just finished her second round of chemotherapy treatment and breast reconstruction when she noticed a pain in her pelvic area. She had the pain checked, and as it turns out, our battle with cancer was not over yet. A small amount of her breast cancer moved through the bloodstream and took up home in her tailbone. As she explains below to all our family, it's just another step, but this one really caught us off guard. The doctor visit we had after the scans that proved the cancer had moved was one that will be in my memory forever. It always reminds me of those times when you just shake your head and say to yourself, what now? I actually believe Keri took the news better than I did, but I know we stayed up late that night talking and I'll never forget those moments.
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