Breast density is dependent on several factors, including weight, genetics, age, family history and number of births. (GETTY IMAGES)

How Breast Density Affects a Mammogram

By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor
March 21, 2017

Individual variations in breast tissue density can elevate your risk of developing breast cancer. It’s easy to think of breasts as simply mounds of fat on a woman’s body, but they’re much more complex structures than that. Within the breast are a network of glands and ducts that produce and move milk to the nipple […]


Exercise linked to better breast cancer outcomes

By Will Boggs MD
February 22, 2017

Several lifestyle changes can improve outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis, but exercise is far and away the best habit to establish, researchers say. Women with breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed or at any time in their “survivorship” phase, need to exercise regularly and avoid weight gain, said Dr. Ellen Warner from Odette Cancer Center […]


New tech weapon aids in war on breast cancer, Mercy first in NYS to acquire imaging tool

By Brian Kacharaba

Detecting breast cancer at its earliest stage has long challenged doctors. Now, new state-of-the-art technology could make that discovery much easier and save more lives. Mercy Medical Center, in Rockville Centre, announced at a news conference on Feb. 15 that it will become the first hospital in New York State to offer molecular breast imaging, […]

A woman undergoes a free mammogram inside Peru's first mobile unit for breast cancer detection, in Lima March 8, 2012. Enrique Castro-Mendivil / REUTERS

Women Often Skip Mammograms After a False Positive

February 9, 2017

Women often skip recommended mammograms after they get a false-positive result: a reading that looks like cancer at first but that turns out not to be. A study published Thursday confirms this and shows just how often it happens. The report, published by the American Association for Cancer Research, found that 85 percent of women […]


Know Your Risk: High Breast Density Surpasses Common Breast Cancer Risk Factors

February 7, 2017

Women with high breast density have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, exceeding other known breast cancer risk factors such as family history of the disease, personal history of benign lesions and later-in-life childbirth. Those are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and […]


Could Eating Protein Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
January 31, 2017

You may have seen some scary headlines about meat being linked to cancer, but don’t blame protein. It turns out that eating a moderate amount of protein doesn’t appear to cause breast cancer. In fact, protein may have some protective effects in women who’ve already had the common cancer, according to a new study published in […]

Chemo Brain Can Last for Months After Treatment Ends

January 9, 2017

Many women who get chemotherapy to treat breast cancer say they have problems remembering, thinking, and concentrating during and after treatment. These problems are commonly called “chemo brain” or “chemo fog” — doctors call these issues “cognitive impairment” or “cognitive problems.” Some women may have trouble with: learning new tasks remembering names paying attention and […]


Are you dense? -Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By David Pisarra
September 27, 2016

The world is about to turn pink. No, I am not referring to some alternate universe where we have a partially Republican government – I mean PINK, Breast Cancer Awareness Pink. Susan G. Komen, the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are all going to be help make the world pink starting […]


Molecular breast imaging finds cancers that mammograms don’t: study

By Lisa Chamoff , Contributing Reporter
August 1, 2016

Molecular breast imaging (MBI) detected cancer in several women with dense breasts whose mammograms had been negative, with an incremental cancer detection rate of 7.7 per 1,000 screens, a study has found. The retrospective study, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology, examined data from the supplemental screening program at ProMedica […]