How one BRCA1-positive woman decided to have both breasts removed to lower her risk of breast cancer
Oct. 22, 2014
| By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
Two years ago, Justine Avery Sands decided to have her breasts removed in a surgery known as prophylactic, or preventive, double mastectomy – a choice prompted by her family’s history of breast cancer.
What you need to know about breast self-exam and self-awareness
Oct. 20, 2014
| By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the airwaves and Internet are swirling with information on mammograms, and the benefits of early detection and screening. But where does the humble breast self-exam fit into this picture? Should women still perform BSEs on themselves? Or do we put all of our “eggs” – if you’ll pardon the expression -- in one breast-screening basket?
New study demonstrates the impact of clear discussions, support from medical providers - and shows room for improvement
Oct. 15, 2014
| By Joely Johnson Mork / Fred Hutch News Service
A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study published earlier this month in the Journal of Cancer Education focuses on how medical advocacy can improve outcomes for African-American women who face a potential breast cancer diagnosis after receiving abnormal mammogram results.