|August 3, 2000 - Volume 2, Issue 16
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IMAGINIS.COM WINS PRESTIGIOUS WWW HEALTH AWARD
Imaginis.com was designated the top Patient Education Website, Private Sector Division, at
the Spring 2000 World Wide Web Health Awards. The World Wide Web Health Awards recognize
the world's best health information being published on the Internet and are designed to
assist consumers and health professionals in deciding which sites offer accurate,
up-to-date health information.
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BREAST HEALTH NEWS
1. MINIMIZING PAIN AND DISCOMFORT DURING MAMMOGRAPHY...
Mammography is currently the only exam approved by the FDA to screen for breast cancer and
is considered by physicians to be the gold standard in breast cancer
detection. Unfortunately, studies have shown that the discomfort some women feel during a
mammogram can deter them from receiving future mammograms. This article summarizes recent
studies that pinpoint the causes of mammogram discomfort and explains how discomfort
during mammography can be minimized.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.26b.00.asp
2. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS GREATLY INFLUENCE CANCER RISK...
Factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol, exposure to chemicals and radiation, and lack of
exercise can significantly influence a persons likelihood of developing many types
of cancer, according to a study of nearly 45,000 pairs of twins in three countries.
However, the study also found that genes played a role in over one-fourth of breast cancer
cases, suggesting that scientists still lack an understanding of many of the genetic
components involved with breast cancer.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.26a.00.asp
3. BREAST-CONSERVING THERAPY VIABLE OPTION FOR WOMEN WITH LARGE
Several studies have shown that women with small breast tumors have an equal chance of
surviving breast cancer regardless of whether they have a mastectomy (breast removal) or
breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). Now researchers have found that the same may be
true for women with larger breast tumors (2.1 centimeters to 5 centimeters). In a newly
published study, researchers found that women with Stage II breast cancer could be treated
effectively with lumpectomy and radiation instead of mastectomy.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.21.00.asp
4. STUDY ADDS TO DEBATE ON LYMPH NODE REMOVAL IN PATIENTS WITH SMALL
An ongoing debate in breast cancer research involves deciding which patients should have
their axillary (underarm) lymph nodes surgically removed and examined for evidence that
their cancer has spread past the breast. In a recent study on the subject, researchers say
that even women with small breast tumors (one centimeter or less in diameter) should have
their lymph nodes evaluated. According to the researchers, age, increasing tumor size, and
the aggressiveness of the cancer are all factors that may determine which patients are
likely to have cancerous lymph nodes.
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5. BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS SET TO CLIMB JAPAN'S MOUNT FUJI...
A team of 55 American climbers including breast cancer survivors, physicians, researchers,
activists, and women and men who have lost loved ones to breast cancer will attempt to
climb Mount Fuji (12,388 feet) in Japan this August. The group will join a team of 150
Japanese breast cancer patients and advocates, led by Jinroh Itami, MD, a respected
Japanese oncologist who heads a cancer support group called Meaningful Life Therapy. The
team will fly prayer flags at each campsite as they make their way up the mountain. Prayer
flags in honor or memory of loved ones who have faced cancer may be ordered from the
Breast Cancer Fund.
Click here to read more or to learn how to order a prayer flag: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/news/news7.24.00.asp
IMAGINIS.COM BREAST HEALTH FORUM
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similar experiences. Breast cancer patients, survivors, and women of all ages who are
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Recent topics have included: experiences with breast biopsy, painful
breasts, nipple discharge, and what foods to avoid during chemotherapy.
BREAST HEALTH/BREAST CANCER INFORMATION
1. TAMOXIFEN - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS...
Tamoxifen is the most common drug used to treat breast cancer and prevent the disease in
women at high risk. This article explains how tamoxifen works, who is a candidate for
tamoxifen, possible side effects of tamoxifen, how long women should take tamoxifen, and
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/tamoxifen.asp
2. BREAST CANCER AND BREAST HEALTH DURING PREGNANCY...
Detecting a breast lump can be worrisome, especially if the woman is pregnant at the time
of the discovery. This article describes breast changes and breast health guidelines to
follow during pregnancy. Topics include evaluating a worrisome breast lump during
pregnancy or breast-feeding, diagnosing and treating breast cancer during pregnancy, and
pregnancy after breast cancer.
Click here to read more: http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/pregnancy.asp
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manage all of the day-in, day-out decisions and ups-and-downs of breast cancer.
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