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10 Things Oncologists Wish You Knew About Breast Cancer

Check out these 10 practical steps and oncologist insights to put most of your fears about dying from breast cancer to rest.

By Christa Sgobba

More Pregnancies, Less Breast Cancer Risk in Women With BRCA Genes

Pregnancy is are known to lessen breast cancer risk, but until now, it wasn’t known whether this lower risk applied to women with BRCA genes.

By Diane Domina

Cancer in the Family Genes: Telling Your Kids

Shannon Pulaski wrote a book drawn from her experience telling her children about the BRCA gene mutation which put her at high risk for breast cancer. Here she shares her tips for talking to kids about this difficult topic.

By Bethany Kandel

Do Women Ignore the Alcohol-Breast Cancer Link?

Middle-aged women aren’t getting the message that there’s a proven link between alcohol consumption and higher breast cancer risk, say researchers.

By Diane Domina

Have Hot Flashes? You May Be at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Menopausal women who experience persistent hot flashes or night sweats are more likely to develop breast cancer than women who don’t have hot flashes.

By Diane Domina

Health Problems in Breast Cancer Survivors

You should feel great about making it through your breast cancer treatments, but as a survivor you'll also have to stay on guard for these other conditions.

By PJ Hamel

Do You Have Dense Breasts?

Dense breast tissue makes it harder to spot cancers with mammograms. Here's how you can tell if you have dense breasts, and the screenings that work best.

By Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Why You May Want to Have Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Up to 14 percent of breast cancers — almost 35,000 cases each year in the United States — are associated with a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

By Diane Domina

Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy and Diabetes

Breast cancer survivors who receive hormone therapy may have a higher risk of diabetes. These tips can help you limit excessive weight gain after treatment.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Can Obesity Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

Read these surprising findings from an international study that found young, obese woman have the lowest risk of breast cancer.

By Diane Domina