How to Do A Self Breast Exam Correctly

While most patients know they should be familiar with changes in their breast tissue, many are afraid that they will “do it wrong” and avoid doing self-exams altogether! I’d like to share some useful tips about when and how to do a self-exam. 1. Do your breast exam at the same time each month If … Read More

Are You Vegetarian-Curious? Try Meatless Mondays

If you’d like to cut down or eliminate or your consumption of meat, but you’re not sure how to get started, try what many dietitians recommend as a first step: Meatless Mondays. What are Meatless Mondays? As the name implies, it means refraining from eating meat one day a week — on Mondays.  Meatless Mondays is a public health … Read More

Why Dark-Skinned People Need to Know About Skin Cancer

Let’s be clear right from the start. No matter what color your skin is, if you’re exposed to the sun, there’s a possibility that you can get skin cancer. “Darker skin tends to have more of a pigment called melanin to protect from the sun’s harmful rays,” says dermatologist Angela Kyei, MD. “That doesn’t mean … Read More

Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Breast cancer doesn’t occur often in younger women. Of the more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, only about 11 percent will involve women younger than 45. Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely … Read More

How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

Some people beat cancer, only to learn that the powerful chemotherapy drugs or radiation treatments that saved their life caused lasting damage to their heart. Why you need a cardio-oncologist if you have cancer The anthracyclines—doxorubicin in particular—are among the most common cardiotoxic chemotherapy agents. Cumulative doses can cause heart failure or cardiomyopathy any time … Read More

Best Ways You Can Target Your Cancer Pain

As cancer is a complex progressive disease, treating cancer pain is sometimes a big challenge. Cancer pain can be caused by the tumor invading the surrounding nerves, or it can be a side effect of the radiation or chemotherapy used to treat the cancer. Today, thanks to advanced pain management techniques, many patients can be … Read More

BRCA1 and Ovarian Cancer: Why Women Choose Preventive Surgery

For a woman, the decision to have your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed does not come easily. But if you face an alarmingly high genetic risk of ovarian cancer, preventive surgery may be the right choice. Angelina Jolie’s surgery in March shined a national spotlight on this issue. She previously brought attention to preventive mastectomy … Read More