Tag: breast cancer


Does Progesterone Cause Breast Cancer??
24 Oct 2019

Does Progesterone Cause Breast Cancer??

“I was watching a video on YouTube and the doctor said progesterone increases the risk of your breast cancer when given with estrogen. Is that true? It’s so confusing!” I will start with a disclaimer. I have not watched the video in question so I am not 100% sure what was said. What I do know is this. I get this question at least once...

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Breast Cancer Genes and Risk of Disease: What You Need to Know
16 Oct 2019

Breast Cancer Genes and Risk of Disease: What You Need to Know

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved at-home testing for breast cancer genes, opening a virtual Pandora’s box for consumers to access from the comfort of their homes. About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with mutations in two genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2 and occur...

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
09 Oct 2019

4 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that has touched so much of my family as my daughter and I are the only females who have not had breast or ovarian cancer. And we do not have the gene that increases the risk.  Breast cancer is scary business and seems like younger women are being diagnosed more than ever before. Unfortunately, much...

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6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance
10 Apr 2019

6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance

For many perimenopausal women, wine is the go-to management strategy to take the edge off negative symptoms (or people). April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women’s bodies are affected differently by alcohol than men’s, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol;...

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3 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
01 Nov 2017

3 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

We’ve just ended Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which happens every October, but there’s one more topic I want to share with you. There’s a lot that women need to know about breast cancer, especially in midlife. The topic that gets the most attention, of course, is hormone replacement therapy, but I believe it’s even more important to understand the ways that YOU can manage your...

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The Truth About Estrogen Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk
18 Oct 2017

The Truth About Estrogen Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk

Few topics evoke more fear and confusion than the role estrogen plays in the development of breast cancer. It’s October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink ribbon season is here.  And while I think increasing awareness is important, I personally believe, as a health care provider and advocate for women’s health, that it’s more important to get the truths about topics that evoke...

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The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
20 Oct 2016

The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

If you’re suffering with symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, you may be considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT or BHRT). But you may have nagging questions in the back of your mind about safety. “Am I increasing my risk of cancer?” “My mother had breast cancer. Should I avoid this?” “My doctor won’t prescribe it for me. He says all hormones cause cancer. Is this true?”...

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
06 Oct 2016

3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that is very close to my heart as many members of my family have been touched by this disease including my mother and sister. I try really hard not to think about it, but I am acutely aware that my daughter and I are, at this point, are the only female members of my family...

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Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix
08 Sep 2016

Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix

Let’s be honest. Wine is a perimenopausal go-to for many women. It takes the edge off anxiety, overwhelm and much of the hormonal chaos we experience. And while it can seem like a good idea on the surface, there are hidden dangers lurking in this management strategy. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. We have less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer...

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How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer
22 Oct 2015

How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is scary business and unfortunately, much of what increases your risk is completely out of your bucket of control. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize the chances that cancer will be a part of your life. Age is the single-most important risk factor for breast cancer. The chances of developing the disease increase...

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