Posts Categorized: Women

Reduce your risk – get to know your breasts

While breast self-exams are no longer officially a recommendation from the American Cancer Society, it’s important to know your breasts. How do they normally feel? How are they normally shaped? If you feel pain, does it come and go each month around the same time as your menstrual cycle? Or is it constant and always…
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Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for more than 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even…
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What should I expect at my first mammogram?

You’ve hit age 40 and you’ve scheduled your first mammogram. What comes next? Before coming to your appointment, make sure you: Don’t wear deodorant or lotions. Many deodorants and lotions have metallic particles in them. Calcifications are an early sign of breast cancer and it can be hard to distinguish metallic particles from calcifications when…
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Updated recommendations for cervical cancer screening

Historically, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of death in American women. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in a woman’s cervix – the small opening that connects the vagina to the uterus. 99% of cervical cancer cases can be attributed to the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a…
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