How to Prep for #Pinktober

We need your help this Pinktober to make the breast cancer movement more accountable to women by exposing companies that are pinkwashing—and the organizations that are enabling them.

In defense of breast density notification laws 

Breast density notification laws were developed and enacted specifically because of strong evidence about the limitations of mammography in women with dense breast tissue and the demonstrated benefits of supplemental screening in them. The laws vary by state, although there are efforts to develop a national standard. It is important that radiologists, primary care physicians, and ob/gyns work together to implement breast density notification as effectively as possible.

The Role Of Vitamin C In The Treatment Of Terminal Cancer

What we know is that the “present state of cancer chemotherapy is unsatisfactory.” People have a perception that chemotherapy “will significantly enhance their chances of cure,” but if you put all our cancer-killing chemo together, the overall contribution to five-year survival is on the order of 2 percent—all those side effects for a 2.1 percent survival rate bump, at a cost of maybe $100,000 per patient per year. So, it may be worth looking deeper into therapies like IV vitamin C. However, the lack of financial reward, since vitamin C can’t be patented and sold for $100,000, and bias against alternative medicine “could dissuade conventional investigators and funding agencies from seriously considering this approach.”

Medicaid restrictions linked to increased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses 

Women in Tennessee who were diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage disease after a substantial rollback of Medicaid coverage for adults in the state, according to a new analysis. When investigators compared women living in lower-income areas with those in higher-income areas, low-income areas saw the greatest shift to late stage diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings point to the potential negative health impacts of limiting Medicaid enrollment.

Psilocybin, Cancer & Spiritual Awakening

People facing a life-threatening cancer diagnosis may struggle with more than the medical treatment. They sometimes experience an existential crisis, in which life loses its meaning. In such situations, anxiety and depression may overwhelm and paralyze them. To address this problem, some psychiatrists decided to see whether the hallucinogenic compound psilocybin could make a difference.

This Breast Cancer Survivor Is Already Dreading October 

Those newly diagnosed with breast cancer may become enamored with pink as they begin their journey with cancer. It’s easy to fall into that media trap. Signing up for those Susan G. Komen 5Ks and buying all that breast cancer paraphernalia just kind of seems like the right thing to do, but is it really? I did a lot of research at the end of last year and found out that not much money raised by those cancer organizations actually go toward cancer research. Most of the money raised goes toward salaries and administrative fees.

Fitness May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Aerobic fitness seems to alter the interior workings of cells in ways that may substantially lower the risk of breast cancer. A new study with female rats found that those that were the most fit were much less likely than other animals to develop cancer after exposure to a known carcinogen, even if they did not exercise. The findings offer tantalizing new clues into the relationships between fitness, exercise, and malignancies.

Five natural compounds that help fight HER2 breast cancer

Five natural, bioactive compounds have been shown to improve HER2 treatments while also being active against HER2 positive breast cancer in their own right. Indeed, an increasing list of natural, bioactive compounds is being shown to help fight HER2 breast cancer – psoralen, curcumin, olive oil, anthocyanins and beta-glucans, each seem to have action against HER2 positive breast cancer, according to research.

Breast Cancer and Overcoming Insecurities, Day-by-Day

Breast cancer leaves behind a secret sisterhood of those who came before you or are going through the cancer experience along with you. I want to share with you some of my insecurities as I went through breast cancer and as I adjust to my new body. From the moment that you hear the words “breast cancer,” your mind goes to the worst possible conclusion. But you know what? It is completely natural to believe the worst because cancer is a totally scary disease. The possibility of death made me feel very insecure.

Breast Cancer, Lymphedema, and LVA Surgery that Is Bringing New Hope

Rachel Andrews of Gloucestershire, U.K., developed severe lymphedema as a result of her cancer and underwent a microsurgery procedure intended to correct that condition. Rachel described the procedure, called LVA, previously and she now returns for a one-month update, informing readers about the procedure and how recovery is going for her

Are Superfoods Worth It?

The food we choose to eat has an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing. In the same spirit, superfoods are often those that are chosen to represent certain health promoting and disease fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Brain Metastases: Common Amongst Breast Cancer Patients 

A new study published in JAMA Oncology examined incidence and survival of patients with breast cancer and brain metastases. They used the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database which included information on cancer incidence, treatment, and survival for approximately 30% of the US population. Out of the survey, there were 968 patients with brain metastases at the time of diagnosis of breast cancer and age ranged from 18 to over 80 years. The researchers found that HR-negative HER-positive patients had the highest incidence of brain metastases (11.5%). Second highest rate occurred in patients with triple negative breast cancer (11.4%). Also, examining survival rate showed that patients with the triple negative subtype and brain metastases had the shortest survival rate(6 months).