Does smoking make breast cancer more deadly?

It’s commonly known that smoking can lead to different health risks, especially lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is reported to also increase your risk of death if you develop breast cancer?

“Life after cancer is more than just surviving.”

“You have cancer” is a phrase you never forget hearing for the first time. Imagine hearing it three times. Susan Spurlock-Rawlins did and wants others who hear those same words to not only have hope, but also the resources they need. Now a three-time cancer survivor, Susan is helping to honor all cancer survivors through her advocacy as the state lead for the Cancer Action Network with the American Cancer Society.

Screening for Third Breast Cancer Genetic Mutation

It is now more common for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer to be familiar with the genetic mutations – BRCA1 and BRCA2. Both increase the risk of developing cancer. Knowing whether you have one of these genetic mutations or not is valuable information for patients and their health care providers. Patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age 45, have multiple family members with breast cancer, or male breast cancer, or who at risk of having the mutation - if a family member either had or may have had the gene, are screened for BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Breast Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Exercise

Researchers reported in Cancer that two-thirds of breast cancer patients are falling short of the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of rigorous exercise each week. Among those studied, 60 percent said their level of physical activity dropped after their diagnosis.

Survivorship Program offers Bridge following Cancer Treatment

When is a cancer patient no longer a cancer patient? Is it after the final round of chemotherapy or radiation? Is it the moment you learn the MRI is all clear? Is it after being in remission for a year? Two? Being a cancer patient is more involved than having cancer. There are fears, hopes, questions, side effects, and short-term and long-term concerns. Treating cancer is treating all of those factors. It is why we are proud to announce a new program called the Survivorship Program for cancer patients at Harrington Cancer Center to navigate the journey after treatment.


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