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As effective as cancer treatments can be, breast cancer patients may still experience some side effects during treatment.

Potential side effects of breast cancer treatments

Treatments for breast cancer have evolved considerably in recent years. When breast cancer is detected early enough to be categorized as stage 0 or stage I, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent. That’s a testament to the hard work of cancer researchers who continue to develop effective ways to ...

In addition to scheduling clinical screenings and mammograms, women should routinely examine and massage their breasts to detect any abnormalities. These breast self-exams can be an important part of early breast cancer detection.

Self-exams an important part of early breast cancer detection

In addition to scheduling clinical screenings and mammograms, women should routinely examine and massage their breasts to detect any abnormalities. These breast self-exams can be an important part of early breast cancer detection. Although many women are aware that they should become familiar with their bodies, many are unsure about ...

Fighting cancer is the biggest priority for people when they have been diagnosed with the disease.

Improve quality of life during cancer treatment

Brought to you by:   Fighting cancer is the biggest priority for people when they have been diagnosed with the disease. After the initial shock of diagnosis has worn off, patients can then take their first steps towards recovery. Powerful chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments can kill cancer cells and ...

Routine exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can help people maintain healthy weights, reduce stress and lower their risk for various diseases.

Exercising after breast cancer helps reduce stress

Brought to you by:   Routine exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise can help people maintain healthy weights, reduce stress and lower their risk for various diseases. After surviving breast cancer, many survivors wonder if it’s safe to return to the exercise regimens they followed prior ...

Cancer can take on many forms and spread throughout the body, infiltrating healthy cells and causing an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells that often turn into tumors.

There are differences between chemotherapy and radiation

Brought to you by:   Cancer can take on many forms and spread throughout the body, infiltrating healthy cells and causing an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells that often turn into tumors. Various cancer-treatment options are available to treat men and women diagnosed with this potentially deadly disease, but the ...

A breast cancer diagnosis can catch a person off-guard and drum up all types of feelings. Many people diagnosed with cancer become anxious about treatment and any potential side effects it may produce.

Cancer therapy and coping with hair loss

Brought to you by:   A breast cancer diagnosis can catch a person off-guard and drum up all types of feelings. Many people diagnosed with cancer become anxious about treatment and any potential side effects it may produce. Hair loss is one side effect widely associated with cancer treatment, though ...

Cancer for 13 days

Sharon Poeppelman likes to tell people she had cancer for 13 days.A Fort Loramie resident who works as a nurse at Upper Valley Medical Center, Poeppelman was diagnosed with breast cancer last Dec. 11 and underwent surgery Dec. 24.“I considered I was a survivor as soon as I woke up ...

Thomas Heck, MD, of Gem City Surgical Breast Care Center, sits with his patient, Jackie Spraley. Spraley pursued genetic testing after a third aunt was diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer. (Contributed photo, Premier)

Risk factor recognition could mean better prevention

At 33 years old, Jackie Spraley decided she no longer wanted to fear whether breast cancer would knock on her door one day.It was 2013 and her aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer – it was her third maternal aunt to be diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer. ...

Mobile mammography coach. (Contributed photo, Premier Health)

New technologies improve the odds for beating breast cancer

The odds for beating breast cancer have never been better, thanks to advancements in treatment and early detection that are now available throughout the greater Dayton and northern Cincinnati region.“When it comes to protecting your breast health, your best defense is a good offense. It’s essential to detect breast cancer ...

Angela Hannah and Katrina McWilliams of Beavercreek. CONTRIBUTED

Searching for cancer markers through DNA

Growing up in Beavercreek, Angela Hannah and Katrina McWilliams shared a lot — outfits, hairstyles, even photographs in their wedding dresses. Matching hysterectomies and mastectomies, however, was never the part of the plan.“We have to remind ourselves every day why we are doing this,” Hannah said. “It’s not a walk ...

Early detection was crucial for this 36-year old breast cancer patient

Throughout the month of October, Premier Health is sharing stories of health, healing, and hope from several breast cancer survivors. Each woman profiled in this series is sharing her story as a means to educate others. Today’s article is a story of the important role of early detection.Leah Brunie wasn’t ...

NFL star DeAngelo Williams pays for 53 mammograms in honor of late mother

Former Carolina Panthers and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams is giving back in a major way. Williams is an advocate for breast cancer awareness after losing his mother, 53-year-old Sandra Hill, to the disease in May 2014 when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers. >> PHOTOS: Steelers RB ...

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WATCH: Little girl's heartwarming serenade to cancer-stricken mom goes viral

Get those tissues ready. Watch as 4-year-old McKenna sings Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” to inspire her mother, who is currently battling cancer and was immediately brought to tears by the girl's song. >> Read more trending stories A video of the touching moment, which was shared Monday on Ellen ...

Floy Johnson (Contributed photo from Premier)

Living well, staying well when breast cancer is in the rearview mirror

Throughout the month of October, Premier Health is sharing stories of health, healing and hope from several breast cancer survivors. Each woman profiled in this series is sharing her story as a means to educate others about options available when breast cancer becomes a reality. Today’s article is a story ...

A recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet, which features vegetables, nuts, olive oil and other healthy foods, may help prevent breast cancer. CONTRIBUTED/Giuseppe Mascia

Mediterranean diet may help prevent breast cancer

Sticking to a Mediterranean diet rather than a standard low-fat diet could help lower your risk of developing breast cancer, according to a recent study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine. In fact, the women who consumed the most olive oil during the study had the lowest instance of breast cancer. ...

Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014, in Hollywood, California. 

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed after cancer scare

Angelina Jolie recently had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes after a cancer scare, the actress revealed in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday. Jolie, 39, said she has "a mutation in the BRCA1 gene," which gives her an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk ...

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Watch Paula Abdul's oddly catchy video about breast cancer awareness

Singer, dancer, and American Idol judge Paula Abdul teamed with the Avon Foundation to raise awareness about breast cancer in a strangely fun new music video titled "Check Yourself." The video, released earlier this month, is a truly noble endeavor. "My sister Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000," Abdul said. ...

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Study links certain birth control pills to breast cancer

A new study published in the journal Cancer Research is linking certain types of oral contraceptives to a higher risk of developing breast cancer. (UCI UC Irvine / CC BY NC ND 2.0 | +mara / CC BY NC ND 2.0)  Past studies had already made a link between oral contraceptives, AKA "the pill," and breast cancer. The American Cancer ...

3-D mammograms might significantly improve screening results

Some potentially exciting news in the fight against breast cancer. "New research shows that 3-D mammograms may improve scan results." (Via NBC)  To be more specific, a new study published Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association found when used along with standard 2-D mammograms, 3-D mammography boosted breast cancer detection rates by more ...

 In this Aug. 16, 2013 photo, Shiela Burns, left, is overcome with emotion for a moment when visiting with her surgeon prior to going into surgery at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. Shiela was recently treated for breast cancer and is having a preventative double mastectomy as well as the start of breast reconstructive plastic surgery. Her twin sister, who also suffered from breast cancer, passed away in 2011. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ronda Churchill)

Woman opts for mastectomy to avoid sister's fate

Too often in her memories, Shiela Burns sees what terrifies her. Blood seeping from tumors on the chest and back of her twin sister, Las Vegas optometrist Dr. Sheryl Potter-Peccole, whose breast cancer metastasized into the skin of her upper torso. Tightly wrapped in a blanket in an effort to ...

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