• Benign Breast Lumps

    Benign Breast Lumps

    If you find a lump in your breast, don’t delay — see your doctor as soon as possible. Anything you notice that’s different from your normal breast tissue should be investigated. The good news is that more than 80 percent of breast lumps turn out to be benign tumors or cysts. How can my doctor

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  • Bone Mineral Density Test

    Bone Mineral Density Test

    What is a bone mineral density test? This test, commonly known as a BMD, is an X-ray-like screening of your bone to find out whether or not you have osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that affects primarily postmenopausal women and also strikes some elderly men. The test can also indicate whether you’re at risk for developing

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  • Breast Biopsy

    Breast Biopsy

    What’s a breast biopsy? A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a doctor removes a small amount of tissue or fluid from your breast in order to examine it under a microscope for signs of cancer. Your doctor will usually recommend a biopsy if there’s a lump in your breast or something suspicious on

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  • Breast Cancer Types

    Breast Cancer Types

    How does breast cancer occur? Breast cells become cancerous when they mutate and start to multiply at an abnormally fast pace, crowding out healthy tissue. The abnormal cells grow into a dense mass that may be visible on a mammogram or that you may feel as a lump. Breast cancer typically starts in the ducts

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  • Breast Reconstruction

    Breast Reconstruction

    You’ve made it through many of the hard choices in your breast cancer treatment only to confront another major one: whether — and when — to have your breast (or breasts) reconstructed after your mastectomy. Some women want a fully reconstructed breast that looks as much as possible like the original. Others want a new

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  • Breast Self-Exam

    Breast Self-Exam

    Why do I need to examine my breasts? Finding a tumor before the cancer has spread to other parts of your body can mean the difference between life and death. Many breast cancers are first detected by women themselves — and according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), women who are attuned to changes in

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  • Cervical Cancer

    Cervical Cancer

    US women who are poor and uninsured may also be at greater risk, in part because they are less likely to be screened for the cancer. Between 60 and 80 percent of the 11,270 women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year haven’t had the test in the five years prior to their diagnosis, with many of them never even having had a pap smear to begin with.

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  • Cervical Cap

    Cervical Cap

    What’s a cervical cap? A cervical cap is the modern version of an ancient contraceptive technique. Through the centuries, women have used everything from beeswax to orange halves to keep sperm from entering the cervix. Today’s cervical cap is more sophisticated — a thimble-sized rubber cap with a firm, rounded rim that sits on top

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  • Cystoscopy Exams

    Cystoscopy Exams

    This procedure allows your healthcare provider to examine your bladder by looking into it with a tube called a cystoscope. The test is used for both diagnosis and treatment.

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  • Diet and PMS

    Diet and PMS

    How can my diet affect my premenstrual symptoms? What you eat and drink can have a big influence on both the physical and emotional symptoms you may have each month during the week or two leading up to your period. Most experts recommend that women with premenstrual syndrome start by avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which

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