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What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know about Osteoporosis & Vitamin D Deficiency

by Nancy Waltman, PhD, APRN-NP

As a breast cancer survivor, you will face ongoing health challenges even after you’ve won your battle against cancer. One such challenge will be to keep your bones healthy and strong to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss and fractures. Osteoporosis is a major health concern for postmenopausal women, and breast cancer survivors are at even greater risk for developing the condition.

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Breast Cancer & Your Genes

by Kimberly I. Muse and Jennifer K. Litton, MD

Breast cancer affects approximately 232,340 women per year. Most breast cancers have various contributing factors, such as age, reproductive and menstrual history, certain changes found in the breast tissue, hormonal factors, and family history. However, about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary.

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Communicating with Your Doctor after an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

by Stephanie V. Blank, MD

Every doctor can write a prescrip­tion, but not every doctor is an expert at communication. It is much easier to teach anatomy and pathology than it is to teach the best way to tell a woman she has ovarian cancer. And while many physicians are born with the skills and social sense necessary to properly deliver news like this, just as many are not.

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