Can You Have a Sex Life After Breast Cancer? Experts Say Yes
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by Toula Stake
1M ago
Breast cancer treatment can leave you feeling like you’re living in a stranger’s body. But there are ways to get your sex life back. Photo: Pexels (Abby McCoy/ Everyday Health) — If you’ve recently gone through lifesaving breast cancer treatment, you may be looking forward to better days ahead. But as you try to get back to “normal life,” you might notice a change in your libido. “Cancer treatment across the board can take a significant toll on the body, and breast cancer is no different,” says Gabriel Cartagena, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and ..read more
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Rates of breast cancer are rising in younger women: Study
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by Toula Stake
2M ago
Young women are not being taken seriously after they find a lump because they are told they are too young for breast cancer. Photo: Pexels (Natasha O’Neill/CityNews Ottawa) — A new study by the University of Ottawa shows more women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The research, led by Dr. Jean Seely, was published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. The report looks at breast cancer cases over 35 years to shed light on detection in Canada. Using data from the National Cancer Incidence Reporting System, the Canadian Cancer Registry and Statistics ..read more
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Exercise is an effective treatment for depression
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by Toula Stake
3M ago
Strength training and yoga had lower dropout rates compared to active controls and were perceived as the most acceptable options. Photo: Pexels (Dr. Sushama R. Chaphalkar/ Medical Sciences) — In a recent systematic review and network meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, researchers determined the potentially most effective exercise regimen and dosage in managing major depressive disorder (MDD) in comparison to antidepressants, psychotherapy, and control interventions. They found that exercise, in the form of yoga, walking, jogging, or strength training, is an ..read more
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Push to get more Black women genetic screening for cancer
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by Toula Stake
4M ago
Black women tend to be diagnosed at a younger age, with more aggressive forms of breast cancer. Photo: Pexels (Tashauna Reid, Amina Zafar/ CBC News) — Breast cancer tends to hit Black women at younger ages and be more aggressive, but they’re underrepresented when it comes to genetic screening, say doctors launching a new awareness campaign.  The awareness campaign, announced Wednesday by Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, focuses on genetic screening for changes or mutations in two key genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, as well as others.   Dr. Aisha Lofters, a family ..read more
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The Many Causes of Painful or Tender Breasts
VM-Med Blog » Breast Cancer
by Toula Stake
5M ago
Woman with breast discomfort (Tina Dawn/ VM-Med) — Painful or tender breasts are not uncommon. Throughout their lives and menstrual cycles, most women will experience some form of discomfort and perhaps even occasional pain. People sometimes assume the worst when they experience unusual symptoms or discomfort in their breasts, and they shouldn’t. The reasons vary and are often quite benign and easily treatable.  Why do you experience breast tenderness?  There are many non-serious reasons why your breasts may suddenly hurt. Here are all the far-more-likely reasons your body is behavin ..read more
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New Year’s resolution guide: 5 steps to a healthier 2024
VM-Med Blog » Breast Cancer
by Toula Stake
7M ago
It is a fact that your ability to stave off age-related diseases such as heart disease and cancer resides in your muscle mass. Photo: Pexels (Melissa Rudy/ Fox News) — Heading into 2024, about a third of people will make New Year’s resolutions — many of which will be tied to leading longer, healthier lives. “Life expectancy is at its lowest in decades despite our wealth of scientific knowledge,” Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurologist and longevity expert, told Fox News Digital.  “But it doesn’t have to be this way — you have a choice to be healthy in 2024 an ..read more
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More evidence that regular mammograms save lives
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by Toula Stake
8M ago
Women who got all their scheduled mammograms had a 66% to 72% reduced risk of breast cancer death. Photo: Pexels (Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — A woman who gets her regular mammograms as scheduled is much less likely to die from breast cancer than if she skips screenings, a new study shows. Women with breast cancer who underwent all her scheduled mammograms had a survival rate of 80%, compared with survival rates as low as 59% for women who didn’t participate in any screenings, researchers found. “The purpose of mammography is to detect breast cancer during the few years it can be seen on a ma ..read more
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A Less Invasive Approach: Learn More About Interventional Radiology
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by Toula Stake
9M ago
Medical specialist reviewing an X-ray (Tina Dawn/ VM-Med) — As we navigate an increasingly taxed healthcare system and a post-pandemic world that recognizes the importance of reducing virus and infection exposure, minimally invasive procedures will become more popular as both medical professionals and patients choose to prioritize them. One procedure that’s certain to gain ground is interventional radiology, also known as image-guided therapy, which is the use of medical imaging techniques to guide doctors as they diagnose and treat certain problems with blood vessels and lymph vessels through ..read more
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How to perform a breast self-examination
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by Toula Stake
10M ago
Woman wearing pink to celebrate breast cancer awareness month. (Tina Dawn/ VM-Med) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada and while it’s an opportunity to celebrate the amazing progress that has been made against breast cancer, we should also continue to prioritize research and raise awareness about a disease that has affected and continues to affect many women’s lives. Thanks to early detection and improvements in treatment, breast cancer mortality rates have considerably decreased over the past few decades. But we can’t afford to be complacent. Recent medical studies show that ..read more
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Yoga improves cancer-related fatigue, lowers inflammation, research finds
VM-Med Blog » Breast Cancer
by Toula Stake
10M ago
Researchers found those in the yoga group reported significantly more improvement in both fatigue and the emotional component of their quality of life. Photo: Pexels (Corrie Pelc/ Medical News Today) — After a person finishes treatment for cancer, they sometimes will still experience certain health issues. These can include fatigue, cognitive issues, cardiovascular disease, and mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression. It is also common for cancer survivors to experience long-term inflammation from both the cancer and its treatment. This inflammation is c ..read more
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