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Breast Cancer Awareness Month at City of Hope

October is breast cancer awareness month. This time serves as a good reminder for all of us to better understand breast cancer risk and prevention as well as breast health management.

Much progress has been made against this disease over the years, and as a leader in research and treatment, City of Hope would like to be a resource for you so you can stay informed about risk, symptoms and prevention.

Learn more about breast cancer treatment City of Hope and meet our team of experts.

Call 800-826-HOPE (4673) to find out more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion.  
 
 

Latest Breast Health News and Research

Breast Health

Rise in skirt size linked to rise in breast cancer risk.Here’s why

Rise in skirt size linked to rise in breast cancer risk. Here’s why

Weighing your breast cancer risk? One study suggests a measure to consider is skirt size. A British study suggests that for each increase in skirt size every 10 years after age 25, the five-year risk of developing breast cancer postmenopause increases from one in 61 to one in 51 – a 77 percent increase in risk. The […]

 
Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head isempowering, brave

Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head is empowering, brave

Runners prize medals for 5Ks and marathons. Becky Stokes has a medal she cherishes from a very different kind of race: the marathon of treatments necessary to beat her aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. Just a week ago, she completed her last radiation treatment, and danced in the hospital with the staff. (You can see for […]

 
Most women forgo breast reconstruction after breast cancer,study finds

Most women forgo breast reconstruction after breast cancer, study finds

Undergoing reconstructive surgery may seem like a forgone conclusion for survivors of breast cancer, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. A new study has found that most breast cancer survivors who undergo a mastectomy decide against surgical reconstruction of their breasts. The reasons for such a decision vary, according to the breast reconstruction study published […]

 
Aspirin might reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence forobese women

Aspirin might reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence for obese women

An aspirin a day might help keep breast cancer away for some breast cancer survivors, a new study suggests. Obese women who have had breast cancer could cut their risk of a recurrence in half if they regularly take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, called NSAIDs, report researchers from the University of Texas in Austin. The […]

 
Breast cancer risk linked to birth control pills, but no needto panic

Breast cancer risk linked to birth control pills, but no need to panic

Women using some birth control pills, specifically those with high doses of estrogen and a few other formulations, may be at an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study has found. At first glance, the findings seem alarming, but a City of Hope breast cancer surgeon is warning against overreaction. The study, published recently  in the journal Cancer Research and […]

 
Her breast cancer diagnosis was grim; a second opinion savedher life

Her breast cancer diagnosis was grim; a second opinion saved her life

At 29, Kommah McDowell was a successful young professional engaged to be married to her best friend. She worked in the financial services sector and kick-boxed to keep in shape and to relax. Then came the diagnosis of triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. She was told she […]

 
Tamoxifen or exemestane after breast cancer? It’s trade-off,expert says

Tamoxifen or exemestane after breast cancer? It’s trade-off, expert says

The well-known drug tamoxifen might not always be the best choice for premenopausal women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer and face a heightened risk of recurrence. A new study suggests that the aromatase inhibitor exemestane, or Aromasin, works slightly better than tamoxifen in preventing cancer recurrence. Five years of tamoxifen is considered the standard of care […]

 
Better to run than walk for breast cancer survivors? Expertdoubts it

Better to run than walk for breast cancer survivors? Expert doubts it

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – especially for breast cancer survivors. Not only has research shown that exercise helps lower the risk of breast cancer, it also increases the survival chances for women diagnosed with the cancer. Now a study in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that breast cancer […]

 
Yearly mammograms can lower risk of breast cancerspread

Yearly mammograms can lower risk of breast cancer spread

Preventive mammogram guidelines have long been a hot topic for debate. Medical professionals and health care organizations are divided on how often a woman should be screened and at what age a woman should start preventive screening. Health care organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. […]

 
‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – CarolDuran

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Carol Duran

The year 2008 started out promisingly for Carol Duran. At 43, she and her husband, Jaime, were enjoying the daily adventures of raising their rambunctious 3-year-old twins, James and Julian. Now that the boys had been accepted into preschool near their Alhambra, Calif., home, the paralegal planned to return to college to finish her degree. “Then, it […]

 
Breast cancer: Twitter users have questions; we haveanswers

Breast cancer: Twitter users have questions; we have answers

One in eight women in the U.S. will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, meaning that you or someone you know likely will face the disease. When cast in such personal terms, that statistic can lead to a host of questions. And City of Hope has answers. During City of Hope’s live TweetChat on Oct. 15, Laura Kruper, […]

 
Breast cancer risk: To lower it, exercise and limit alcohol(w/VIDEO)

Breast cancer risk: To lower it, exercise and limit alcohol (w/VIDEO)

As with most types of cancer, the risk of developing breast cancer is based on both genetic and environmental factors. The former is fixed, but people do have control over the latter. The key is to make lifestyle choices that can lower that risk. Establishing precisely what those choices are — and their impact — is the […]

 

Breast Health Resources

Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers the opportunity to reflect not only on breast cancer’s impact, but also our progress against the disease. Evidence of this progress can be found in the lives of our patients, some of whom share their stories and advice below; in the experience of our physicians; and in the commitment of our supporters.
 
Breast Cancer Videos
City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and breast cancer reconstruction in a series of informative videos.

Breast Cancer Program
 
 
Laura Kruper, M.D., Head, Breast Surgery and Co-director of the Breast Cancer Program talks about breast cancer treatments such as IORT and the latest in breast cancer research.
 
 
Breast Cancer Facts: What You Need to Know
 
 
Learn about risk factors, common misconceptions, and warning signs of breast cancer.
Prevention
 
 
Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., professor and director of City of Hope's Division of Cancer Etiology, talks about some lifestyle factors that can influence a woman's breast cancer risks, based on findings from the California Teachers Study—which Dr. Bernstein leads—and other research.
 
Screening
 
 
Laura Kruper, M.D., discusses current breast cancer screening guidelines for women at normal and high risk for the disease.
     
Reconstruction
 
 
Mark Tan, M.D., assistant clinical professor and staff surgeon at City of Hope's Division of Plastic Surgery, talks about breast reconstruction options available to breast cancer patients who underwent a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
 
Step-by-Step Instructions for Breast Self-Exams
 
 
Follow step-by-step instructions for breast self-exams. The video is part of the Style Network's "Fight with Style" initiative, dedicated to educating women on the importance of early detection and self-exams.

 
Survivor Stories
In our 'My Cancer Diagnosis: What I wish I’d known' series, former patients reflect upon their experience. Read their inspiring stories and advice.
 

Sterling Abbott

Sterling Abbott discovered a lump in her breast while breast-feeding her baby. She thought it would go away. It didn’t.
 

Kommah McDowell

Kommah McDowell’s diagnosis at age 28 came with the prediction that she had only a 5 percent chance of surviving two years. She’s now 37, with a son.
 
 
Luisa Najera was twice told that the lump she felt was just a cyst, even though her sister had died of breast cancer at age 38. Finally, she  came to City of Hope.
 
 
Stephanie Hosford first learned that she was pregnant -- then learned she had triple-negative breast cancer. She was advised to have an abortion. Instead, she came to City of Hope.
 
Candida Orosco defeated an aggressive form of breast cancer. Now she’s determined to make a difference in the world.
 
 
Don Hoffman noticed that the nipple on his left breast was suspiciously flat. He had a hunch it might be breast cancer. He was right.
 
 
Julie and Ed Rodriguez learned how to fight her breast cancer as a team. Now they have advice for other couples.
   
 

Healthy Lifestyle

Breast Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at City of Hope

October is breast cancer awareness month. This time serves as a good reminder for all of us to better understand breast cancer risk and prevention as well as breast health management.

Much progress has been made against this disease over the years, and as a leader in research and treatment, City of Hope would like to be a resource for you so you can stay informed about risk, symptoms and prevention.

Learn more about breast cancer treatment City of Hope and meet our team of experts.

Call 800-826-HOPE (4673) to find out more about becoming a patient or getting a second opinion.  
 
 

News & Research

Latest Breast Health News and Research

Breast Health

Rise in skirt size linked to rise in breast cancer risk.Here’s why

Rise in skirt size linked to rise in breast cancer risk. Here’s why

Weighing your breast cancer risk? One study suggests a measure to consider is skirt size. A British study suggests that for each increase in skirt size every 10 years after age 25, the five-year risk of developing breast cancer postmenopause increases from one in 61 to one in 51 – a 77 percent increase in risk. The […]

 
Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head isempowering, brave

Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head is empowering, brave

Runners prize medals for 5Ks and marathons. Becky Stokes has a medal she cherishes from a very different kind of race: the marathon of treatments necessary to beat her aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. Just a week ago, she completed her last radiation treatment, and danced in the hospital with the staff. (You can see for […]

 
Most women forgo breast reconstruction after breast cancer,study finds

Most women forgo breast reconstruction after breast cancer, study finds

Undergoing reconstructive surgery may seem like a forgone conclusion for survivors of breast cancer, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. A new study has found that most breast cancer survivors who undergo a mastectomy decide against surgical reconstruction of their breasts. The reasons for such a decision vary, according to the breast reconstruction study published […]

 
Aspirin might reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence forobese women

Aspirin might reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence for obese women

An aspirin a day might help keep breast cancer away for some breast cancer survivors, a new study suggests. Obese women who have had breast cancer could cut their risk of a recurrence in half if they regularly take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, called NSAIDs, report researchers from the University of Texas in Austin. The […]

 
Breast cancer risk linked to birth control pills, but no needto panic

Breast cancer risk linked to birth control pills, but no need to panic

Women using some birth control pills, specifically those with high doses of estrogen and a few other formulations, may be at an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study has found. At first glance, the findings seem alarming, but a City of Hope breast cancer surgeon is warning against overreaction. The study, published recently  in the journal Cancer Research and […]

 
Her breast cancer diagnosis was grim; a second opinion savedher life

Her breast cancer diagnosis was grim; a second opinion saved her life

At 29, Kommah McDowell was a successful young professional engaged to be married to her best friend. She worked in the financial services sector and kick-boxed to keep in shape and to relax. Then came the diagnosis of triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. She was told she […]

 
Tamoxifen or exemestane after breast cancer? It’s trade-off,expert says

Tamoxifen or exemestane after breast cancer? It’s trade-off, expert says

The well-known drug tamoxifen might not always be the best choice for premenopausal women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer and face a heightened risk of recurrence. A new study suggests that the aromatase inhibitor exemestane, or Aromasin, works slightly better than tamoxifen in preventing cancer recurrence. Five years of tamoxifen is considered the standard of care […]

 
Better to run than walk for breast cancer survivors? Expertdoubts it

Better to run than walk for breast cancer survivors? Expert doubts it

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – especially for breast cancer survivors. Not only has research shown that exercise helps lower the risk of breast cancer, it also increases the survival chances for women diagnosed with the cancer. Now a study in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that breast cancer […]

 
Yearly mammograms can lower risk of breast cancerspread

Yearly mammograms can lower risk of breast cancer spread

Preventive mammogram guidelines have long been a hot topic for debate. Medical professionals and health care organizations are divided on how often a woman should be screened and at what age a woman should start preventive screening. Health care organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. […]

 
‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – CarolDuran

‘My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I’d known’ – Carol Duran

The year 2008 started out promisingly for Carol Duran. At 43, she and her husband, Jaime, were enjoying the daily adventures of raising their rambunctious 3-year-old twins, James and Julian. Now that the boys had been accepted into preschool near their Alhambra, Calif., home, the paralegal planned to return to college to finish her degree. “Then, it […]

 
Breast cancer: Twitter users have questions; we haveanswers

Breast cancer: Twitter users have questions; we have answers

One in eight women in the U.S. will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, meaning that you or someone you know likely will face the disease. When cast in such personal terms, that statistic can lead to a host of questions. And City of Hope has answers. During City of Hope’s live TweetChat on Oct. 15, Laura Kruper, […]

 
Breast cancer risk: To lower it, exercise and limit alcohol(w/VIDEO)

Breast cancer risk: To lower it, exercise and limit alcohol (w/VIDEO)

As with most types of cancer, the risk of developing breast cancer is based on both genetic and environmental factors. The former is fixed, but people do have control over the latter. The key is to make lifestyle choices that can lower that risk. Establishing precisely what those choices are — and their impact — is the […]

 

Helpful Resources

Breast Health Resources

Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers the opportunity to reflect not only on breast cancer’s impact, but also our progress against the disease. Evidence of this progress can be found in the lives of our patients, some of whom share their stories and advice below; in the experience of our physicians; and in the commitment of our supporters.
 
Breast Cancer Videos
City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and breast cancer reconstruction in a series of informative videos.

Breast Cancer Program
 
 
Laura Kruper, M.D., Head, Breast Surgery and Co-director of the Breast Cancer Program talks about breast cancer treatments such as IORT and the latest in breast cancer research.
 
 
Breast Cancer Facts: What You Need to Know
 
 
Learn about risk factors, common misconceptions, and warning signs of breast cancer.
Prevention
 
 
Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., professor and director of City of Hope's Division of Cancer Etiology, talks about some lifestyle factors that can influence a woman's breast cancer risks, based on findings from the California Teachers Study—which Dr. Bernstein leads—and other research.
 
Screening
 
 
Laura Kruper, M.D., discusses current breast cancer screening guidelines for women at normal and high risk for the disease.
     
Reconstruction
 
 
Mark Tan, M.D., assistant clinical professor and staff surgeon at City of Hope's Division of Plastic Surgery, talks about breast reconstruction options available to breast cancer patients who underwent a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
 
Step-by-Step Instructions for Breast Self-Exams
 
 
Follow step-by-step instructions for breast self-exams. The video is part of the Style Network's "Fight with Style" initiative, dedicated to educating women on the importance of early detection and self-exams.

 
Survivor Stories
In our 'My Cancer Diagnosis: What I wish I’d known' series, former patients reflect upon their experience. Read their inspiring stories and advice.
 

Sterling Abbott

Sterling Abbott discovered a lump in her breast while breast-feeding her baby. She thought it would go away. It didn’t.
 

Kommah McDowell

Kommah McDowell’s diagnosis at age 28 came with the prediction that she had only a 5 percent chance of surviving two years. She’s now 37, with a son.
 
 
Luisa Najera was twice told that the lump she felt was just a cyst, even though her sister had died of breast cancer at age 38. Finally, she  came to City of Hope.
 
 
Stephanie Hosford first learned that she was pregnant -- then learned she had triple-negative breast cancer. She was advised to have an abortion. Instead, she came to City of Hope.
 
Candida Orosco defeated an aggressive form of breast cancer. Now she’s determined to make a difference in the world.
 
 
Don Hoffman noticed that the nipple on his left breast was suspiciously flat. He had a hunch it might be breast cancer. He was right.
 
 
Julie and Ed Rodriguez learned how to fight her breast cancer as a team. Now they have advice for other couples.
   
 

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Join thousands and walk for women’s cancers, women’s cures, on Nov. 2, 2014 in Los Angeles. Event details »
Join our giving circle and help decide which breast cancer research programs to fund. Read more »
 
City of Hope researchers are looking for ways to prevent and cure cancer, and they’ve found some promising possibilities in the foods that we eat. Learn more about what they discovered.
Cooper Finkel Women’s Health Center
Many gynecological cancer and breast cancer  services at City of Hope are provided at the Rita Cooper Finkel and J. William Finkel Women's Health Center. Here, women receive the highest quality care, whether seeking prevention and screening services or coping with a cancer diagnosis.
The Positive Image Center is where licensed cosmetologists support and assist patients with building and maintaining self-confidence in their appearance. Patients can access wig fittings and stylings and discuss cosmetic techniques.
 
For the 11th year, U.S.News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.