This is Kerry Harvey, aged 24 and living with metastatic Pancreatic Cancer. In the UK this week, Pancreatic Cancer Action grabbed attention with a series of terrifying ads featuring her and others with the same diagnosis. (more…)
Here at Bay Breast Care we’re all about women’s health, but let’s not neglect the guys. It’s time to talk about prostate cancer….including family risk and the importance of what we eat.
A recent study from Scandinavia estimated that prostate cancer is the most strongly inherited form of cancer, followed by testicular cancer and only after that, breast cancer. (more…)
Perhaps it’s just about getting older, but as each year goes by, I feel less inclined to make New Year resolutions – too conscious of the many that have come in with a bang like a firework display only to fade into a whisper of smoke before the first week of January is gone.
However, some interesting recent research suggests that living a more resolved and purposeful life can make a measurable difference to our health. (more…)
As the former director of French breast-prosthesis company Poly Implant Prosthese (PIP) contemplates the hefty jail sentence that he and his cohorts have just received for selling defective breast implants around the world, it may be time for a closer look at implants and how best to live with them.
A breast implant is not just for Christmas – it’s a long term commitment, yet not a “happily ever after” that you have done and never have to bother with again. (more…)
Being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing mastectomy can be a traumatic experience, and surgeons are often consulted about “prophylactic” mastectomy – a procedure to remove the healthy breast along with the cancer-affected breast in the hope of avoiding a recurrence of breast cancer at a later stage.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that the “survival benefit” for this procedure is less than 1% at 20 years post-surgery – at least, for patients who do not have the BRCA gene mutation. (more…)
Kudos to Cape Town doctor Martinique Stilwell, for tackling the controversial and sticky subject of breast cancer risk in last week’s Mail & Guardian.
Her article is a breath of fresh air – and not least because she reminds us, here in South Africa, that very often less can be more. South African women are still very much in need of clinic services near to their homes where they can talk to, and be examined by, well trained, caring community nurses.
Meanwhile, the debate about how much screening should be offered to women under 50 – aside from those with particularly high risk due to BRCA mutations – rages on. (more…)
Kudos to Fair Lady (October 2013) for kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style! They asked Cape Town breast cancer specialist Jenny Edge to share the latest evidence. What should we worry about? What shouldn’t we worry about? What should we do or not do to improve our chances of avoiding breast cancer? (more…)
A large British study of almost 4500 women treated with radiotherapy for breast cancer has found that a three-week treatment is just as effective as the more usual five-week treatment, but causes less side effects even though larger “doses” are given. (more…)
As awareness of breast cancer increases, interest is growing around ways to prevent it. Breast cancer survivors are especially likely to make risk reduction a priority. Yet there is so much misunderstanding about “risk” which in public health is not merely an emotive word, but a statistical concept with a precise meaning.
Lucien Kaarse of the Nuclear Medicine Department (Drs Visser, Erasmus, Vawda and Partners, Radiologists) provided the following helpful FAQ for patients undergoing a “sentinel node” scan prior to surgery which will test the lymph nodes following a cancer diagnosis, and/or remove them. (more…)