A Brush With Breast Cancer

Contributor: Katherine Lee, MD If I had one memory that I could hold onto, it would be an encounter I had with a patient about 20 years ago. A young woman in her early 40s had come in for her gynecological exam. I had received a report from the mammogram she had done a week … Read More

Breast Cancer: Do Your Genes Put You at Risk?

Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the country, with 200,000-plus new cases diagnosed each year. But did you know that many of those cases are tied to genetics? “Ten to 15 percent of all breast cancers, which is a lot, … Read More

Buy a Bagel, Help Beat Cancer

Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 37 Northeast Ohio Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate a portion of proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold to the cancer survivorship programs at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. Pink Ribbon Bagels can be pre-ordered online for pickup. Capitalizing on their football rivalry, Cleveland and Pittsburgh will … Read More

6 Misconceptions About Breast Cancer

I asked my colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center what they perceive to be patients’ most common misconceptions about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. Combining our list, these six misconceptions rose to the top: 1. “If I have an annual mammogram, I don’t need to examine my breasts.” It is important to understand … Read More

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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve put together prevention, risk and treatment information to help all the special women out there: wives, daughters, grandmothers and the women you love. Explore Health Hub How to Do a Great Self-Breast Exam Myth Busting: BRCA Genes and Breast Cancer A Personal Story of Personalized Cancer Care … Read More

Myth Busting: BRCA Genes and Breast Cancer

Last week, we explored the myth that that you can’t improve your health because your genetics are predetermined. This week: A few myths about BRCA gene mutations and breast cancer. Let’s see how much you know about hereditary breast cancer and the BRCA gene mutation. Are these statements true or false? Myth 1: Most breast … Read More

Get Moving to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Not only is physical activity good for your general health and well-being, but it also can reduce your risk of cancer, according to many studies. So if being active decreases your cancer risk, will being inactive increase your risk? A new field of research into sedentary behavior is offering some compelling evidence. A recent study … Read More

How to Do a Great Self-Breast Exam

While most of my patients have heard they should perform a self-breast exam (SBE), many say they have never heard all the tips I’d like to share with you. The key is to remember: “When, Look, Feel and Write!” Tip #1: Do your breast exam at the same time each month Think: “When” You should … Read More

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A Personal Story of Personalized Cancer Care

We hear it all the time: “What does personalized healthcare mean for patients?” It’s a fair question, and a hard one to answer sometimes because our field is so new. But patient Dana Kachurchak of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is living proof that this isn’t just about the future. Personalized healthcare is happening now. After Ms. … Read More

Breast Cancer: A Serious Risk for Men Too

When is the last time your husband performed a breast exam on himself? What about your father or even your son? Most likely it hasn’t been recently, probably not frequently, and in fact he may have never performed an exam more than once in his life. Even though men do not have breasts like women, … Read More