April 21, 2008 |
American women fear breast cancer more than heart disease, according to most studies, even though heart disease is responsible for 10 times as many female deaths every year - and heart disease deaths exceed breast cancer deaths in every decade of a woman's life. Of women who are diagnosed early with breast cancer, more than 90 percent will survive, and most will not need disfiguring mastectomies or even chemotherapy. But the media understand how deeply women fear breast cancer, and the result is that every study that seems to find a link between some new risk factor and the disease makes headlines, captures public attention and stimulates the blogosphere into overdrive.
June 16, 1991 |
Women at the highest risk of developing breast cancer - those age 50 and older - make the least use of breast cancer screening, for reasons that range from modesty about disrobing to doctors' failure to recommend that exams be done, health experts recently told Congress. Moreover, a congressional subcommittee was told, a recent survey shows that only 31 percent of all women follow the American Cancer Society's recommendation that women age 40 to 49 have a mammogram every other year, and that those age 50 and over have a mammogram every year.
October 20, 2012
Philly.com and The Inquirer recently marked breast cancer awareness month by publishing 14 profiles of transformative moments reported by patients. They can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer. This is one more in the series. In June 2009, following a routine mammogram, Nillie Wright, then 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Several women in her family had had breast cancer, so Nillie, of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., always knew she was a "ticking time bomb. But I did not expect it so soon!"
September 2, 1994
When the model Vendela lost out as cover model for a charity album to support breast cancer research - largely because advocates objected to her preferred pose of partly bared breasts - some called the move narrow-minded and humorless. What's wrong, they asked, with a gorgeous, 20-something model adorning Women for Women, an album with female performers? Surely a little glamour couldn't hurt the cause? Such surface-only analysts miss the point. Yes, seduction sells. But should you really need it to attract support for research on a disease with no known cause or cure, which today afflicts 2.6 million American women and which one woman in eight will develop over her lifetime?
May 28, 2013 |
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie revealed she'd had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt died from the disease Sunday. Debbie Martin died at age 61 at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., near San Diego, her husband, Ron Martin, told The Associated Press. Debbie Martin was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, whose own death from ovarian cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie described in a May 14 op-ed in the New York Times.
October 3, 2011 |
They call themselves "previvors. " Genetic testing revealed they had a high lifetime risk of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer. Their genetic predisposition sets them apart from other healthy women and from genetically predisposed women who've already been diagnosed with cancer. For some previvors, such as Sandy Cohen of Lafayette Hill, breast cancer had cut a swath through their families. They grew up thinking it was only a matter of time until they, too, followed their mothers and grandmothers into the oncologist's office.
October 3, 2011 |
For breast cancer survivors like Marie McCrone, the worry never quite stops. Despite a lumpectomy and lymph node removal in 2002, she feared recurrence of the cancer or the onset of lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm that can occur long after surgery. "I heard all sorts of horror stories about it," recalls McCrone, 52, of Warrington, Bucks County. "How you might get it just from lifting a grocery bag. " Four years later, she heard about a weightlifting program for breast cancer survivors being tested at the University of Pennsylvania..
October 23, 2012 |
Kurt Coleman understands toughness, and it's not just the kind you see after a collision so intense his helmet flies off. Some toughness runs deeper, and he saw it after a conversation he had with his father in November 2006, when the Eagles' starting safety was a freshman at Ohio State. Ron Coleman, an assistant principal and basketball coach at a high school in Ohio, felt a lump in his left chest that autumn. He was 56. He initially thought it was fatty tissue, but his physician wanted it examined.
October 21, 2010 |
Pfizer Inc.'s hormones, once used by millions of women to ease menopause symptoms, almost doubled the death risk from breast cancer, a U.S. study found. The findings from the U.S.-funded Women's Health Initiative are the first to tie Pfizer's hormone replacement therapy Prempro, already linked to higher rates of breast cancer and heart disease, to increased mortality from tumors. Pfizer, the world's largest drugmaker, on Tuesday won its sixth of 13 jury cases over Prempro's health risks an hour before the research was reported by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
March 25, 1991 |
Women with advanced breast cancer will have an opportunity to participate in an experimental bone marrow transplant program, representatives of four Philadelphia hospitals were set to announce today. Under a unique arrangement, U.S. Healthcare will approve admission of its members to this program. Many private insurance carriers reject their subscribers' requests for bone marrow transplants as being experimental and not regarded as standard care. The cooperative venture involving Hahnemann and Temple universities, the University of Pennsylvania and Fox Chase Cancer Center was developed over the past year.