Risk Factors


Diabetes Risk Tied to Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy

Breast cancer survivors who receive hormone therapy may have a higher risk of diabetes. Use these tips to help limit excessive weight gain after treatment.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Obesity Lowers Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women

Young women with high body fat levels are less likely to develop breast cancer before menopause, suggests a study conducted by an international team of researchers led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

By Diane Domina

Beating Breast Cancer Meant Being Able to See My Son to Adulthood

A candid and heart-wrenching story of a mom who was faced with this harsh reality — and how she pushed through.

By PJ Hamel

Should You Test for Breast Cancer Risk at Home?

The FDA approved the at-home genetic tests for three specific BRCA mutations. But are they worth it?

By PJ Hamel

New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Genetic Testing

The guidelines changed on Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s what they mean for you.

By PJ Hamel

Does High Cholesterol Lower Breast Cancer Risk?

In a 2017 study, researchers found that women with a high cholesterol diagnosis were 45 percent less likely to develop breast cancer.

By PJ Hamel

The Basics: Metastatic Breast Cancer

Everything you need to know about metastatic breast cancer: including who has it, how common it is, what types exist, and differences in those types.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

The Truth About Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer

If you were diagnosed with cancer in one breast, would you have the other, healthy breast removed as well? More woman are doing so. Here’s what to know.

By Stephanie Watson

What Causes Lymphedema? More Than You Might Think!

Multiple treatments can be effective in treating aggressive cancers, but they may lead to unwanted side effects like lymphedema.

By Phyllis Johnson

Specific Types of Cancer Linked to Short Sleep Duration

Individuals with cancer are more likely to experience sleep problems, and poor sleep may increase cancer risk.

By Martin Reed