When Breast Cancer...

When Breast Cancer Meets Ovarian Cancer draws the connection between two critical illnesses that can affect all women.

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Colletta Orr is a trained Breast & Ovarian Cancer Research Scientist. Through her speaking, she offers women important health care tips.

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Health is happiness and knowledge is power! Learn the tips and resources designed to keep you happy, healthy and informed.

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  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. In order to shed more light on this disease that plagues the lives of many women, MadameNoire interviewed Ovarian Cancer advocate and award-winning research scientist Colletta Orr. Orr, who is also the author of Cancer Doesn’t Always Win; A…
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  • Does spirituality make a difference in how a patient adjusts to breast cancer? According to recent studies, the answer is yes. It does depend, however, on whether spirituality/religiosity was already part of a patient's life prior to diagnosis. The complex thing about defining spirituality is…
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  • Breast cancer involves endless decisions: lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy? Some women elect to have a bilateral mastectomy (both breasts removed), so they feel safer. These decisions can be really scary for a woman to talk to her friends about. It may sound like she's…
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  • Fatique is a daily battle for most breast and ovarian cancer patients. Whether it comes from “chemo brain” or the overall stress of having been diagnosed with cancer……it can cause you daily routine to be dysfunctional. Many patients with cancer neglect to tell their doctors…
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  • No direct link has been established between lifestyle habits and the risk of a breast cancer recurrence, but surviving cancer is a great occasion to evaluate habits. "A cancer diagnosis represents a teachable moment," says Julia Rowland, PhD, director of the National Cancer Institute's Office…
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  • The benefit of knowing a family’s health history is that it offers clues to a person’s risk for particular diseases. If you have several relatives who developed cancer at an early age, for instance, that might inform your decisions about screening. If breast or ovarian…
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  • Thanks to the success of awareness campaigns over the past decade, a diagnosis of breast cancer is no longer the death sentence it would have appeared to our parents and grandparents. In fact this is a cancer from which the vast majority of women –…
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  • Your ovaries lie deep within your pelvis, which makes disease detection tricky. Early screening methods for ovarian cancer have so far proved unreliable, and although routine pelvic exams include a check for anything that feels out of the ordinary, early-stage ovarian tumors easily escape detection…
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  • Did you know that lack of sleep increases your risk for breast cancer? If 5 to 15% of breast cancers are genetic, that leaves 85% or more breast cancers which are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. If we want to prevent breast cancer, our…
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  • Everyone knows someone that has been affected by breast cancer. One thing that I have learned about speaking with women about breast cancer is that they never get serious about it until they are on the other side of cancer. Women rarely want to hear…
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  • My grandmother died from ovarian cancer at the age of 67. My family and I had no idea what ovarian cancer was. She was already in stage 4 when she found out. The disease was so aggressive, once my grandmother was diagnosed her health declined…
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