Category Archives: Women’s Health

Mom’s Raw Photo Shows the Scary Thing That Can Happen While Breastfeeding

Moms out there, this is SO important.

Remi Peers just hit her first breastfeeding anniversary — it’s been, officially, one year since she began nursing her son.

The mom wants the world to know, though, that her breastfeeding journey has been anything but easy — the new mom suffered from mastitis, a painful infection that occurs when breast tissue becomes inflamed and a woman’s milk ducts are clogged, after feeling too embarrassed to pump or nurse in public.

Peers claims that despite the pervasive (and controversial) “breast is best” mantra, doctors never took the time to educate her on the potential challenges or dangers ahead. The result? She experienced a lot of anxiety that her body wasn’t working. “My milk came in after 5 days,” she wrote in a viral post on Instagram. “I wasn’t aware that it could take that long. While the other babies slept with full bellies,

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Young Mom of 5 Dies After Doctors Missed Her Terminal Breast Cancer Twice

Melanie Bray, a 33-year-old mom of five, died tragically after a breast cancer diagnosis came too late — despite telling doctors, for years, that something was wrong.

At 27, six years before her death, Bray discovered a lump in her breast. The UK mom visited a local hospital, twice, to get checked for abnormalities. Both times, specialists allegedly disregarded the lump, claiming that at her young age, and with no family history, it could not be cancer. They summed the lump up to a symptom of breastfeeding all five of her kids and sent her home.

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Bray couldn’t put the lumps from her mind — especially when she discovered another one on the other side of her breast in 2013. That year confirmed what Bray feared most: She had cancer all along and now there

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Drinking Boosts Breast Cancer Risk for Black Women, Too

 

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MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Tipping back seven or more alcoholic drinks a week appears to raise a black woman’s risk of breast cancer, new research says.

Previous studies linking alcohol intake with a higher risk for breast cancer involved primarily white women, the study’s authors explained. The current study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that black women don’t seem to escape this risk.

“Alcohol is an important modifiable exposure, whereas many other risk factors are not,” said study author Melissa Troester in a journal news release. She’s director of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Troester said that women who are concerned about their risk of breast cancer might want to consider drinking less if they’re currently drinking more than seven drinks a week.

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In Breast Cancer, Chemoresistance is Related to Varying Tumor Cell Populations

Scientists from the transformation and metastasis group of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), led by Dr. Eva González-Suárez, have been able to recreate and characterize the process of acquisition of resistance to chemotherapy in orthotopic animal models of breast cancer, unveiling the possibility of reversing this resistance after a period of rest from the treatment.

Basic and clinical researchers from IDIBELL and other centers such as VHIO, IDIBAPS and IRB Barcelona have collaborated in the paper, published by Stem Cell Reports.‘Taxane chemotherapy is one of the most common therapeutic options in breast cancer; however, its effectiveness usually decreases progressively until it reaches a point where the treatment must be modified.’

Taxane chemotherapy is one of the most common therapeutic options in breast cancer; however, its effectiveness usually decreases progressively until it reaches a point where the treatment must be modified. Working in animal models, the researchers observed that breast

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Robot Radiology – Artificial Intelligence Used for Cervical Cancer Screening

Artificial intelligence commonly referred to as A.I. has been already exceeding the human abilities. Self-driving cars have also found to use artificial intelligence for performing some tasks more safely than people.

A recent study from Lehigh University finds the use of this robot radiology to screen cervical cancer better than humans. The e-commerce companies are also using artificial intelligence to tailor ads to customers and make them available more quickly, with more precision than breathing the marketing analyst.‘Artificial intelligence could provide early cervical cancer detection at a lower cost than current methods.’

And, soon, A.I. will be used to “read” biomedical images more accurately than medical personnel alone–providing better early cervical cancer detection at lower cost than current methods.

However, this does not necessarily mean radiologists will soon be out of business.

“Humans and computers are very complementary,” says Sharon Xiaolei Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering at

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More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer

 

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FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer rates among Asian-Americans are steadily rising in contrast to other racial/ethnic groups, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California reviewed data from 1988 to 2013 on breast cancer among women in California from seven Asian ethnic groups. These included Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Vietnamese, South Asians (Asian Indians and Pakistanis), and Southeast Asians (Cambodians, Laotians, Hmong, Thai).

During the study period, all of these groups — except Japanese women — had an overall increase in breast cancer incidence. The largest increases were among Koreans, South Asians and Southeast Asians, the study authors said.

“These patterns warrant additional attention to public health prioritization to target disparities in access to care, as well as further research in identifying relevant breast cancer risk factors for specific breast cancer subtypes,” lead researcher Scarlett Lin Gomez … read more

Early Onset Hot Flashes May Signal Higher Heart Risks

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THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause — they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, new research suggests.

Researchers tracked the health of 272 nonsmoking women, aged 40 to 60. Among women between 40 and 53 years of age, frequent hot flashes were linked to poorer function in blood vessels, the study found.

This association was independent of other heart disease risk factors, noted the team led by Rebecca Thurston of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The link seemed restricted to the younger women in the study — there was no such relationship among women aged 54 to 60, the study authors said.

One obstetrician/gynecologist called the findings potentially “groundbreaking.”

At least in those women who undergo menopause early, hot flashes “are not simply a bother, … read more

Misunderstood Gene Tests May Lead to Unnecessary Mastectomies

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WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Close to half of breast cancer patients who chose to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing didn’t actually have the gene mutations known to raise the risk of additional cancers, a new survey found.

“That was a bit surprising, because we wouldn’t typically expect that surgery to be conducted for women if they don’t have a risk-causing gene mutation,” said lead researcher Dr. Allison Kurian. She is an associate professor of medicine, health research and policy at Stanford University.

The finding suggests that many women and their doctors aren’t interpreting the results of genetic testing properly, she added.

There are known genetic mutations that increase future risk of cancer, the most notorious of which are BRCA 1 and 2.

But genetic tests also often detect mutations of uncertain significance, Kurian explained.

The genes are not normal, but the … read more