Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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5 Steps to a Better Breast Self-exam (w/Video)

October 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

If your monthly breast self-exam happens in the shower — sporadically — and involves a quick once-over of your breasts, you may be missing some important elements of an effective exam. City of Hope breast surgeon Laura Kruper, M.D., M.S., offers tips for a more effective exam.

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Six things women can do to reduce their risk for breast cancer

October 11, 2016 | City of Hope

There are many factors for breast cancer that can be reduced through simple lifestyle and behavior changes. Joanne Mortimer, M.D., encourages women to take the following steps to minimize their chance of getting breast cancer.

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Insulin and breast cancer risk? Connection may be stronger than weight

January 25, 2015 | Nicole White

When it comes to breast cancer risk, insulin levels may matter more than weight, new research has found. New study indicates that insulin levels are more closely tied than weight to breast cancer risk.

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Breast cancer risk: 6 things you can do to reduce (not eliminate) risk

October 14, 2014 | Nicole White

The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. The second top risk factor is getting older. Many breast cancer risk factors, such as gender and aging, cannot be controlled. But lacing up for a walk a few times a week can put a dent in breast cancer risk.

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Breast cancer infographic: How to reduce breast cancer risk

September 30, 2014 | City of Hope

  Breast cancer facts: About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, behind skin cancer. An estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.

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For October, here are 31 facts (one a day) about breast cancer

September 30, 2014 | Nicole White

Beyond the pink ribbons, special product fundraisers, and the pastel sea of color that marks October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers a reason to celebrate and to reflect. Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebrates the 2.

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Rise in skirt size linked to rise in breast cancer risk. Here's why

September 25, 2014 | Nicole White

Weighing your breast cancer risk? One study suggests a measure to consider is skirt size. A British study suggests that for each increase in skirt size every 10 years after age 25, the five-year risk of developing breast cancer postmenopause increases from one in 61 to one in 51 – a 77 percent increase in risk.

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New gene mutation, in PALB2, is linked to heightened breast cancer risk

August 8, 2014 | Nicole White

Twenty years ago, scientists discovered that a mutation in a gene now widely known as BRCA1   was linked to a sharply increased risk of breast cancer, paving the way for a new chapter in identifying women at risk of the disease and giving them options to potentially avoid an aggressive cancer.

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Breast cancer survivor commits to healthy, risk-reducing changes

November 3, 2013 | Nicole White

For four years, Ramona Sanchez has been a breast cancer survivor. On Sunday, the 58-year-old West Covina resident joined the Foothill Fitness Challenge , a City of Hope initiative to inspire the kinds of lifestyle changes shown to decrease cancer risk.

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