Understanding Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention

Understanding Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention

By Maggie Ney, ND

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 280,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. This is an alarming statistic but important to highlight.   Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and is the second leading cancer killer in women.  We have succeeded about getting the word out about the importance of screening tests, like mammograms, ultrasounds, and SonoCine, a newer breast cancer screening tool. But these screening tests help with detection of ...

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Breast Imaging for Cancer Screening in Women of Average Risk

Breast Imaging for Cancer Screening in Women of Average Risk

By Bren Boston, MD

The purpose of breast cancer screening is to detect cancer prior to any physical symptoms.  Earlier detection of cancer means a better chance for successful treatment.

The decision on when to begin breast cancer screening is based on your personal breast cancer risk profile. For women of average risk, there are several professional recommendations that may be followed:

The Mayo Clinic supports screening with mammograms every 1-2 years from age 40-50, with annual mammograms for women age >50.

The American Cancer Society recommends women ...

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Understanding Fibroids and Why They Occur More in Black Women

Understanding Fibroids and Why They Occur More in Black Women

Maggie Ney, ND

Racism is finally being recognized as a public health emergency. Racism has a direct impact on public health. We know that racism affects mental health, causes psychological distress, increases stress levels, increases anger and feelings of rage, exacerbates chronic diseases, increases inflammation, increases  maternal and infant mortality rates, and reduces overall health outcomes and life expectancy.  We know that 7.6 percent of black women have heart disease, compared to 5.8 percent of white women. Black women have a 1 ...

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Does your Autoimmune Disease Increase Risk for COVID-19?

Does your Autoimmune Disease Increase Risk for COVID-19?

Maggie Ney, ND

Many of my patients with an autoimmune disease have asked if it puts them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing more serious complications if they were to get COVID-19. Other patients worry if their autoimmune disease puts them in the immunocompromised category of individuals that need to take extra precautions. Not all individuals with an autoimmune disease are immunocompromised, however, certain medications used to treat some autoimmune diseases can be immunosuppressive. 

There are several medical terms ...

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Self-Care for Women Amidst a Pandemic

Self-Care for Women Amidst a Pandemic

Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

We find ourselves in the second month of quarantine and stay-at-home orders here in LA. As we celebrate women’s health and Mother’s day this month, I want to turn the focus of this article to women, especially moms, and how to take care of themselves during this pandemic.

Women are often the primary caretakers of the household. They embody Mother energy. They get up and start planning their day around the rest of the ...

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Where’d My Brain Go?

Where’d My Brain Go?

By Bren Boston, MD

Many women who enter the transition into menopause will say, “I’m so frustrated!  I can’t remember the word that’s on the tip of my tongue, or where I left my keys!”

While some of this can be chalked up to the fact that women in mid-life are typically juggling their whole family’s schedules, to-do lists, and endless multitasking, a decline in estrogen also plays a role.

Our brains have estrogen (estradiol) receptors that mediate protection of our brain cells (neurons). The ...

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Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Maggie Ney, ND

How frustrating is it to be eating well and exercising but not see a change in your body?  This is a very common experience among the women I see in my practice. Understanding weight loss and metabolism is so much more complex and interesting than calorie in and calorie out. When weight is stagnant, despite a healthy diet and exercise, it is essential to do a comprehensive review of your entire health so that all variables that affect metabolism ...

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Wonder Woman Health

Wonder Woman Health

By Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

As we honor Mothers this month, we shift our focus to women’s health. The term women’s health generally conjures up thoughts of annual pap smears and mammograms. And even though these are really important parts of women’s health, I’d like to talk about how we as women can stay healthy amidst an onslaught of TV ads and magazines telling you what your body should look like and feel like (and don’t we get ...

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Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Reducing Your Risk for Breast Cancer

 

By: Bren Boston, M.D.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, which is a scary statistic. Although the two most common risk factors for breast cancer (being a woman and getting older) are things you cannot change, there are some lifestyle choices you can make to at least reduce your risk.

  • Maintain a healthy weight, as gaining weight in adulthood increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Exercise regularly to lower your risk of breast cancer by ...
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Contributing Factors of Breast Cancer

Contributing Factors of Breast Cancer

 

By Dr. Maggie Ney

It is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and is the second leading cancer killer in women. I find that my patients and friends are very diligent about getting recommended mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Doctors and the media have succeeded, I feel, in getting the word out about the importance of these cancer-screening tests. Still, I would like to see more attention directed towards educating the public on ...

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