Finding flattering mastectomy clothing that you feel comfortable in may not be the ideal situation, but it’s much better than the alternative, and many women will count themselves lucky to have discovered their breast cancer when they did.
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Exercising after breast cancer treatment has been shown to be an effective way of tackling the mental and physical side effects of the treatment, but many women struggle to be physically active after battling breast cancer.
The message about breast cancer awareness comes from many places these days and Melanie Sykes is the latest celebrity to get involved in encouraging women to go for regular checks.
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and then coping with the treatment and recovery is challenging for everyone and it’s this time in your life when you need the support of your friends and family more than ever.
Scientists have discovered a connection between women with low muscle mass and poor breast cancer survival rates.
Over 30 women with experience of breast cancer took to the catwalk in March to raise funds for Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire, which provides free support to women as they go through their breast cancer treatment.
A two-year experiment is due to start where artificial intelligence and cutting-edge technology is used to analyse breast scans from MRI machines across the country in a bid to help doctors make more accurate breast cancer diagnoses.
The link between breast cancer and hereditary genetics is well known, and now scientists have found evidence of an increased risk of breast cancer in 110 genes.
An MP has spoken out about the risks of developing breast cancer in women with dense breasts, saying more awareness and understanding is needed.
Mastectomies can be used both to treat breast cancer and as a preventative measure by some women, but one breast cancer survivor thinks we need to talk more about their use, and whether they’re always necessary.
If you are planning a holiday to help you after a course of treatment for breast cancer then booking the travel insurance might be one of the parts of planning you are least looking forward to.
If you feel unhappy about your breasts – you might feel that they’re too large or too small, or be unhappy about a host of other variables – then you are certainly not alone.
Researchers at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the US have discovered that an existing drug used to treat other conditions, including multiple sclerosis, could be effective in fighting triple-negative breast cancer.
Research shared at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this month has revealed that overweight or obese women who lose weight can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
The Telegraph reported on the study, which was carried out by researchers in the US who tracked over 61,000 women aged between 50 and 79 for 11 years.
They found that women who lost five per cent of their body weight cut their risk of breast cancer by 12 per cent, while postmenopausal women who slimmed down by 15 per cent saw their chances of developing the disease drop by 37 per cent.
Dr Rowan Chlebowski, lead researcher and part of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California, told the newspaper that this study indicates a weight loss strategy can be effective in lowering the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women.
“Relatively modest weight loss was associated with significant lowering of breast cancer incidence,” he asserted.
Chief executive at Breast Cancer Now Baroness Delyth Morgan explained that reducing your body fat levels after the menopause also reduces the oestrogen levels in your body, with lower oestrogen levels known to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK recently highlighted findings from an unpublished study which found that more intense chemotherapy doses can cut the risk of early stage breast cancer returning after treatment.
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Businesswoman Jacqueline Gold CBE, who’s best known as the boss of Ann Summers, has revealed that she has been battling breast cancer since last October in an exclusive interview with Hello! magazine.
She told the publication that she was diagnosed after discovering a pea-sized lump in her breast. Jacqueline has undergone 30 sessions of chemotherapy and had a lumpectomy, and while she won’t get the official all-clear for another two years, she explained that she’s recovering and was told that the cancer was gone in April of this year.
When she received the diagnosis, Jacqueline came up with a strategy for coping with the illness, which included only telling her close friends and family about her diagnosis.
The 57 year old explained that she didn’t want people to treat her differently while she was undergoing treatment, which is why she kept it secret.
“I’m lucky I’ve lived a charmed life, but we’re all equal when it comes to health; no matter how hard you’ve worked or how fortunate you are, it doesn’t discriminate,” Jacqueline told the magazine.
During her treatment, she altered her diet, cutting out sugar, meat and alcohol, as well as practising yoga and doing early-morning workouts to help keep her strength up.
Of course, chemotherapy affects people differently, so it’s important to only do what you feel able to. Breast Cancer Care points out that even small amounts of gentle exercise, such as walking, can make you feel more energised though, so it’s worth doing even a little if you can.
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After battling breast cancer, you may be left feeling unconfident, especially after a mastectomy – that’s the whole reason behind our range of mastectomy clothing. Getting a good fit is the least you deserve to try and make the whole process a little bit more comfortable and bearable.
It’s not just your clothes, however, but if you’ve undergone chemotherapy and want to wear a wig, getting just the right style can make all the difference. For most people, it’s a whole new world, so The Health Site has de-mystified the process.
There are three different types, or levels, of wigs that you can buy. The most expensive are lace-front wigs. This type blends with your natural hairline with the use of makeup and can be almost undetectable in this area. Monofilament wigs are another type, which are handmade and look natural whilst also allowing your scalp to breath. The last and the most affordable option are machine-made wigs, which are widely available and the most common type many cancer-sufferers will buy.
Make sure you do your research and find something that is not only comfortable, but fits perfectly. Spend some time trying on lots of different choices until you find one (or even more) which works for you. Different skin types may react differently to certain types of wigs, so consider that too. If looking online, search for customer reviews as these always give an honest insight.
However, a full wig isn’t the only option. Another lightweight option to try, so great if you are having hot flushes, is a light weight head scarf with a velcro fringe so you can change your look.
Regular washing is required to maintain a wig’s lifespan. One top tip is to use a fabric softener rather than standard conditioner as it works wonders. Also look into the right temperature your wig can stand if using a hairdryer, as machine made wigs can be delicate when exposed to heat.
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