Breast cancer is common, with 1 out of 8 women in the United States experiencing this in their lifetime. Surprisingly, most women who get breast cancer will NOT have a known family history of breast cancer, but up to 30% of women WILL have some family history of breast cancer, and about 10% of women having a GENETIC reason for developing their cancer.
Everyday, without fail, I am asked by my patients what they need to do to make sure they don’t get cancer or how to make sure they don’t get cancer again. This is a very natural question. An obvious question. Amazingly, in the 12 years I spent getting a medical education, including 4 years of medical school,
Breast lumps can be very common and occur in a majority of women in their lifetime. Most lumps will not be a breast cancer, but checking with a physician is important to be sure. Figuring out what a lump is depends on your age and symptoms. For example, a young woman who is nursing and has developed a painful lump often has a build-up of milk (a lactating adenoma) or if redness is also present,
Yoga comes in all shapes and sizes and is known to be profoundly beneficial to all people who practice it regularly. Yoga can be as simple as breathing exercises to help center your mind and body or as challenging as you want with major physical endurance required. You do not need to join a gym,
Sometimes, it is just so hard to get out of bed and exercise. For me, I found that what works is having a gym at home so I can minimize the excuses. I’ve never been a fast runner, actually, I’m more of a slow jogger if anything, but I have always found that I feel so much more energized after a jog,
What does it mean to have “Dense Breasts”
Breast density is defined by the appearance of breast tissue on mammography, not how breasts feel on exam or how big they are. Dense breasts have more glandular elements and connective tissue, while less-dense breasts have more fatty tissue. On a mammogram, fatty tissue appears black,
Normally when I go for a walk with my dog I listen to a podcast or audiobook, but today the birds were singing so loudly, I thought I’d listen to them for a bit. As the pink colors of sunrise started to fill the sky, there was a symphony of chirps and songs from all the birds in the neighborhood.
Sometimes, nothing could be better in the world than that bite of chocolate. Today was just one of those days! I am so thankful for one of the world’s finest pleasures in life–a bit of dark chocolate (maybe a bit more than a “bit” ;-))
Sometimes it requires a pitch black night, without city lights, without even the moonshine, to find the stars in the universe. Similarly, sometimes it requires a darkness in our lives to reach out and find our friends. Fortunately we don’t have to wait for that darkness, and our friends can be right there, before s*** hits the fan.
Today’s note of thanks is for our pets. Growing-up we had to beg our parents for pets and of course started with fish, then turtles, hamsters, bunnies, found out mom was allergic to cats–yikes–then finally got our first dog. That dog–a medium-sized poodle–was pretty crazy, but looking back I think it was possibly because we never neutered him…?