Breast Cancer


October 13th, 2015|Categories: Breast Cancer Prevention, Cancer prevention|Tags: , , |

[I published this post one year ago in deference to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since nothing has changed, I feel the message is important enough to bear repeating. The unfortunate situation is that all things pink, including ribbons, has come to symbolize a complete lack of interest in achieving a better approach to breast cancer. The Susan Komen foundation is a farce, and the hundreds of millions of dollars her organization has received has done absolutely nothing to improve women's ability to deal with breast cancer.] October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There is no debate about [...]

Angelina Jolie: A Role Model for Breast Cancer Prevention?

May 15th, 2013|Categories: Breast Cancer Prevention|Tags: , , , , |

It's bad enough that you have uninformed doctor's providing dangerous advice, but now we have celebrities encouraging women to make life-altering decisions and undergo mutilating surgeries. As the world now knows, Angelina Jolie has had 95% of both breasts removed to avoid getting breast cancer. It appears that she made this decision in all likelihood because she was informed that she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer based on the fact that she was genetically predisposed due to a BRCA-1 or 2 gene mutation. Her decision clearly illustrates the fact that there is absolutely no preventive medicine in this [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Breast Cancer Prevention

February 5th, 2012|Categories: Breast Cancer Prevention, Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , |

Hey Doc… I recently read a front page article which said that hormones for the menopause cause a definite increase in breast cancer.  My doctor has told me the benefits outweigh the risks.  Is this true?                                                                                                       -B.L. in Palm Springs- ----------------------------------------------------------- Dear B.L., The original Women’s Health Initiative study was published in 2002 and raised questions about the safety of Premarin and progestins.  It was suggested at that time to discuss the issue with your health care practitioner.  This new study is a continuation of the original and this time they are more definitive, stating that now the benefits [...]

Hey Doc Series/ Breast Cancer – What it Takes to Occur in the Body

February 3rd, 2012|Categories: Hey Doc|Tags: , , , , |

Hey Doc… I am 48 years old and I have a history of breast cancer.  I am having symptoms of early menopause.  My doctors say that I can never go on hormones.  Is this true? -V.S. in Rancho Mirage- ----------------------------------------------------------- Dear V.S., One of the problems the health care industry in this country faces is the inadequate training doctors receive in medical school with regard to hormones.  The education they receive is based on research done by drug companies who have no interest in natural hormones because they cannot be patented.  In most cases, the occurrence of breast cancer [...]