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    After you've missed a menstrual period and confirmed your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test, make an appointment with your health care professional.

    Meeting with a health care professional early on (even before you get pregnant if you are planning to conceive) is important for all women, but...Read More
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    Breast density refers to how well a mammogram can "see" any potential cancers or precancerous conditions within your breasts. Your breasts are made up of fat and fibrous tissue. X-rays penetrate fat tissue fairly well, but don't penetrate fibrous tissue that well. This fibrous tissue, which occurs bilaterally in...Read More
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    Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can either mimic the actions of estrogen in the body or work against the body's estrogen. There are three classes of phytoestrogens:
    • Isoflavonoids, found in legumes, with soybeans being the major dietary source of this compound.
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    Doctors are fairly sure that fluctuating estrogen levels are the culprit behind dense breasts, particularly since premenopausal women (who have higher levels of estrogen) are more likely to have dense breasts than postmenopausal women. Also, postmenopausal hormone therapy can increase the density of...Read More
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    Always talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplement if you are a breast cancer survivor. But you should definitely avoid taking phytoestrogen-based supplements, such as soy isoflavones or black cohosh.

    Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can mimic the actions...Read More
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    Hormones function as chemical messengers in your body. They affect the actions of various cells and tissues. The hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are produced by the ovaries in premenopausal women and by some other tissues in lesser amounts in all women, can promote the growth of certain...Read More
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    If you're interested in participating in a clinical trial for breast cancer, it's important to speak with your oncologist to learn more and find out whether there are any trials in your area for which you might be eligible. Many studies have inclusion criteria -- that is, a list of conditions you must...Read More
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    A genetic counselor is an expert who can assess your risk of developing breast cancer based on family history. The counselor can also help walk you through the pros and cons of getting the breast cancer gene (BRCA) test, explain the possible outcomes of the test and then provide information about next...Read More
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    Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol (a natural antioxidant) found in the skin and seeds of grapes used to make wine. Health benefits of red wine are related to one of its nonalcoholic components, called resveratrol. The alcohol merely serves as a vehicle for which to get the antioxidant. However, you don't...Read More
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    An oncology social worker is an expert who specializes in cancer treatment and care. He or she can provide emotional support to you and your family, help you navigate the healthcare system and answer questions about financial matters related to your cancer treatment. He or she will also research housing...Read More
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    If you are receiving treatment for breast cancer, one area you may be grappling with is sexual intimacy. However, you should forget about sex for the moment. Instead, focus on intimacy. Massage one another, hold hands, go on spontaneous dates. Find ways to bring sensuality into your life -- beautiful...Read More
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    People decide to enroll in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Some may decide to join a clinical trial to receive a new, investigational treatment because they are no longer responding to current therapies. Other people want to contribute to medical research. Still others want access to new treatments...Read More
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    All hormone therapy may cause side effects, but the effects vary, depending on the type of drug and how it is being used. Common side effects are hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. In premenopausal women, it disrupts menstrual cycles.

    There are other less common side effects associated...Read More
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    Perhaps the people who are hit the hardest after a cancer diagnosis are the children of the affected individual. This is especially true when dealing with kids who are still dependent on their parent and may not be able to cope as well as adults.

    But it's important not to underestimate the ability...Read More
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    During the difficult time when you are receiving treatment for cancer, you may be tempted to put a hiatus on things like your children's after-school activities and socializing. However, this will only make the situation seem more intense because your children will not only notice that things have changed,...Read More