Tag: breast cancer


The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
20 Oct 2016

The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

If you’re suffering with symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, you may be considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT or BHRT). But you may have nagging questions in the back of your mind about safety. “Am I increasing my risk of cancer?” “My mother had breast cancer. Should I avoid this?” “My doctor won’t prescribe it for me. He says all hormones cause cancer. Is this true?”...

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
06 Oct 2016

3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that is very close to my heart as many members of my family have been touched by this disease including my mother and sister. I try really hard not to think about it, but I am acutely aware that my daughter and I are, at this point, are the only female members of my family...

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Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix
08 Sep 2016

Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix

Let’s be honest. Wine is a perimenopausal go-to for many women. It takes the edge off anxiety, overwhelm and much of the hormonal chaos we experience. And while it can seem like a good idea on the surface, there are hidden dangers lurking in this management strategy. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. We have less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer...

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How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer
22 Oct 2015

How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is scary business and unfortunately, much of what increases your risk is completely out of your bucket of control. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize the chances that cancer will be a part of your life. Age is the single-most important risk factor for breast cancer. The chances of developing the disease increase...

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The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
15 Oct 2015

The Truth About Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

Almost 15 years after sensationalized studies were published; hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is still getting a bad rap. In 2002, all hell broke loose when the Women’s Health Initiative Study was published. This very large trial was designed to study the possible health benefits of estrogen. Women were given either estrogen alone if they’d had a hysterectomy or a combination of medroxyprogesterone (Provera®) and synthetic...

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Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life
08 Oct 2015

Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life

Exactly 4 years ago, I walked 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in Atlanta with my dad (not pictured), my daughters, Caroline and Stephanie, and our friend Shannon, in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer in January of 2011 and in honor of my sister who was diagnosed when she was 40. This walk was the hardest thing I’ve...

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Does Progesterone Cause Cancer?
07 Jul 2015

Does Progesterone Cause Cancer?

Many people, including regulatory agencies and members of the medical community, make the mistake of thinking that progesterone and synthetic progestins have the same potential for adverse effects. This erroneous thinking is the root of women’s concerns that progesterone causes cancer. It’s also why some states require labeling on progesterone that suggests that natural progesterone products may increase the risk of cancer. What Does Progesterone...

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6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)
15 Apr 2015

6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women are more affected by alcohol than men, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as we age,...

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Could You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?
10 Oct 2013

Could You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?

Breast self-exam (BSE) has been widely promoted as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early—with the idea that finding it early will save lives. There’s just one problem: no study ever has found that BSE reduces breast cancer deaths. That’s why after years of supporting BSE, the American Cancer Society revised its breast cancer screening guidelines in 2003 and now calls BSE “optional”....

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25 Oct 2012

Can You Pick Your Girls out of a Line-Up?

Breast self-exam (BSE) has been widely hailed as a practice that helps women find breast cancer early—with the idea that finding it early will save lives. There’s just one problem: No study ever has found that BSE reduces breast cancer deaths. That’s why after years of supporting BSE, the American Cancer Society revised its breast cancer screening guidelines in 2003 and now calls BSE “optional”....

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