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Where did the pink ribbon come from?

Ever wonder how the pink ribbon became the icon for breast cancer awareness? It all started when a woman by the name of Charlotte Hayley started to make peach-colored loops inspired by friends and family with breast cancer. Each set of five came with a card saying, “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s statement regarding the guidelines for screening mammography and breast self-exams

You may have heard in the news over the last couple of years, recommendations made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force for screening mammography only for women over age 50 and then only every other year. The USPSTF considers mammography not necessary for women age 40-49 because only one woman’s life is saved [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: What is inflammatory breast cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for one to [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: The five steps of a breast self-exam

Step One: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for: Breasts that are their usual size, shape and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling Inform your provider if you see: Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin [...]

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Learning effective breast self-exam techniques

Written by: Karen Meyer, MD Q: How should a breast self-exam be performed, and how often? A: I am so glad you asked this question because performing monthly self-exams is so important in detecting breast cancer. As you can imagine, the earlier a lump is detected, the better chance of successful removal. A breast self-exam [...]

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The Role of the Breast Health Coordinator

Written by: Patti Domask, RN, BSN, Breast Health Coordinator, Waupun Memorial Hospital Breast cancer treatment involves several healthcare providers, which, at times, can become confusing for patients. A breast health coordinator, or navigator, serves as a consistent presence through the entire course of care – assessing the physical, psychological and social needs of the patient. This [...]

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What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?

Submitted by: Lisa Michels, RN, BSN, Breast Care Coordinator It is recommended that women at age 40 have annual screening mammograms. A screening mammogram is considered preventive care and is usually covered by most insurance. It does not require an order from your provider. It is a 15-minute appointment that involves a board-certified mammography technician obtaining [...]

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Part III: You’re BUSTED! Breast cancer myths exposed, or are they really myths?

Written by: Stacy Hammack, Senior Mammography Technologist, RT (R)(M) at Ripon Medical Center That pot of coffee that I have every morning or all the caffeinated soft drinks I have in the afternoon will cause me to get breast cancer. Fact: Some research has been done on this topic, and in fact it is suggested that [...]

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Part II: You’re BUSTED! Breast cancer myths exposed, or are they really myths?

Written by: Stacy Hammack, Senior Mammography Technologist, RT (R)(M) at Ripon Medical Center I have been on birth control pills forever! This will for sure increase my risk of breast cancer. Fact: Some studies from the 90s have shown that birth control use slightly increases your risk of breast cancer. Evidence is not strong enough for [...]

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Part I: You’re BUSTED! Breast cancer myths exposed, or are they really myths?

Written by: Stacy Hammack, Senior Mammography Technologist, RT (R)(M) at Ripon Medical Center Am I going to get breast cancer if I wear deodorant or shave my underarms? Fact: There have been several studies done looking at the link between breast cancer and deodorants/antiperspirants and shaving your underarms. The American Cancer Society really pooh-poohs this rumor! [...]

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