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What You Should Know About Breast Pain and Menopause

It can come on suddenly—either a dull or stabbing pain in the breast called mastalgia. Even if you know the facts (that breast pain is rarely a symptom of breast cancer) the feeling can be troubling.


9 Questions About Breast Health Answered

It’s normal, of course, for your breasts to change over the years as you go through puberty, perhaps pregnancy and menopause. But it can also be confusing, especially since it can seem like guidelines are constantly changing. Keep reading for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about breast health.


How Does a Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy Work?

One in three women will have a hysterectomy before the age of 60, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In fact, hysterectomy is the most common non-pregnancy-related surgery for women in the United States. It involves the removal of the uterus and sometimes also the cervix, fallopian tubes or ovaries.

The procedure, first done in Manchester, England in 1843, is used to treat uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and some cases of cervical cancer. It’s also used for common noncancerous uterine conditions like fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and uterine bleeding.

It used to be that an open hysterectomy was the only option, requiring six weeks of downtime and a long scar on the abdomen. That began to change in the 1970s and ’80s with the development of laparoscopic surgery techniques. The result was minimally invasive surgery with less scarring and shorter recovery periods.

Now, there’s an even more advanced option—a robotic-assisted hysterectomy using the da Vinci Surgical System.

November 28, 2017 | Fisher-Titus Healthy Living Team


7 Reasons Not to Postpone a Mammogram

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute estimate that about one out of every eight women born in the United States will develop breast cancer. This may be reason alone not to postpone a mammogram. But many women do.

A 2015 National Health Interview Survey found among women over 40, only half reported having a mammogram within the past year. Nearly one in three women age 55 and over aren’t getting mammograms at all.

The American Cancer Society recommends if you’re at average risk for breast cancer you should begin yearly mammograms by age 45 and then scale them back to every other year at age 55. The guidelines also state that if you prefer, you can start screenings as early as age 40.

So if you’re considering putting off your next mammogram, here are seven reasons not to do it.


5 Things to Know About Breast Cancer in Men

Just like heart disease is not just a man’s disease, breast cancer is not a disease affecting only women. Nearly 2,500 cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and almost 500 men will die from the disease.

Many men put off seeing their doctor, even if they notice one of the signs or symptoms. Here are five things you should know about breast cancer in men.