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Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect … Continue reading

Is thermography a valid tool for breast cancer screening or snake oil?

Thermography uses heat sensitive infrared cameras to image the body and measure heat emission. Solid tumors, even when they are tiny, have an increased blood flow and inflammation compared with non cancerous tissue. Theoretically this could lead to a thermal gradient between a cancer and the surrounding non cancerous tissues. Some animal studies indicate that … Continue reading

Who should have a screening breast MRI? The answer is in your genes

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging that does not require radiation and produces very detailed images of certain tissues. It can be a useful addition to breast cancer screening for some women. The American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends screening breast MRI for women who … Continue reading

Does vitamin E help breast pain?

It was breast pain (mastalgia) that led me to find the irregular area in my breast on Friday. I gave up caffeine for less than 24 hours – no evidence to support its effectiveness in reducing cysts and one small study suggests it can improve pain, although other studies say no. I went with the … Continue reading

Fibrocystic breast disease and caffeine: medical folklore or fact?

There is one down side of weight loss – my breast have gone from DD to C. And yes, they were magnificent, but a DD would look out-of-place on my now size 8 frame (at least that’s what I tell myself). I find my smaller, less “dense” breasts a little easier to examine. Doing my monthly … Continue reading

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