Breast Cancer

Health Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer

By NWHN Staff | Aug 7, 2015 | Comments Off on Health Facts: No, Abortion Doesn’t Cause Breast Cancer

Abortion opponents have spent years attempting to frighten women by touting a non-existent link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. There is no evidence of such a link and the claim is not supported by research scientists or breast cancer activists.

Mammography

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Mammography

Mammography uses X-rays to take images of the breasts and identify cancer when it’s too small to be felt so it can be treated early and aggressively.

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

By NWHN Staff | Jul 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Menopause Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

Since the early 2000s, the use of menopausal hormone therapy has continued to decline after the initial findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) showed an increased risk of breast cancer and serious cardiac events with the use of estrogen plus progestin.

Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Mammography for Black Women: Why I Won’t Be Silent Anymore

Back in February, a new study, this one published in the British Medical Journal, again questioned the value of screening mammography in the general population.

Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Digital Mammography: Is Newer Always Better?

You may have noticed last time you got a mammogram that your facility uses digital imaging rather than traditional X-ray film. Why is that? And, is there any benefit to the newer techniques?

The Network Recognized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition

By NWHN Staff | Jul 1, 2012 | Comments Off on The Network Recognized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition

We are thrilled that the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) recently honored the Network with its Grassroots Activism Award for our success in reducing the incidence of breast cancer! The Network’s longtime advocacy — including our members’ and supporters’ activism —challenged the widespread use of hormone therapy and led to this important accomplishment.

Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

By NWHN Staff | May 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Breast Cancer Risks and the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know

A new IOM report reviews evidence on breast cancer and the environment, explains the difficulties of studying environmental factors for breast cancer risk, and recommends future research along with ways to reduce breast cancer risk.

The Mammogram Industry: Wolves in Pink Wool

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 22, 2010 | Comments Off on The Mammogram Industry: Wolves in Pink Wool

Mammography is a useful but problematic diagnostic tool that exposes breast tissue to radiation that can increase the risk of breast cancer. Screening mammography saves lives in menopausal women over 50, but not for women under 50.

Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Early Puberty for Girls: The New “Normal” and Why We Need to Be Concerned

Early puberty is becoming the norm, not the exception. The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned a meta-analysis of existing data on this subject in order to explore research indicating that early menarche is a risk factor for later development of breast cancer.