Family Matters: Double Mastectomy Puts Patient at Ease

After her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, healthcare professional Velvet Giddens  sought genetic testing for the breast cancer gene mutation known as BRCA. When the test came back positive, indicating a high risk of developing cancer herself, she underwent a preventive mastectomy, or surgical removal of both breasts. “It’s a double-edged sword when you become the […]

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Is Genetic Testing Right for Me?

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1989 to 2015 because of improved treatments and early detection by mammography. In 2015, relative survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer were 91 percent at five years after diagnosis, 86 percent after 10 years, and 80 percent after 15 years. […]

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What No One Tells You About Thyroid Nodules Symptoms

Odds are, if you are familiar with thyroid nodules then perhaps you or a close loved one have received a previous diagnosis. Thyroid nodules are solid or fluid filled lumps within your thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland located at the base of the neck, just above the breastbone. Thankfully, most thyroid nodules are […]

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What are Symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism?

The thyroid is a tiny, bowtie- shaped gland that controls hormones directly related to the body’s energy level. The thyroid regulates food digestion by secreting hormones into the blood stream and serves as the body’s thermostat for metabolism. It is normally located in the lower front of your neck. Thyroid hormone secreted by the gland […]

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