WBLK Issues & Views: [Topic] Breast Feeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
This is probably then most exciting news women have and in a long while and a potential Life-Saving one at that. There are new studies suggesting that Breast Feeding can reduce the risk of Breast Cancer... a leading cause of death among women....especially African American women.
There are two types of Breast Cancer: ER Negative and ER Positive. Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with the later ER negative, the type of Breast Cancers that more times than not leads to death
In the following movie Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute's Dr. Ambrosone and Dr Irwin discuss this new development as well as the disparities in Breast Cancer occurrences between African - American women and women of other races.
Another serious health issue among women is Cervical Cancer. Early detection is key and Cervical Cancer Screenings are of the utmost importance.
Here are the American Cancer Society's recommendations relative to Cervical Cancer Screenings: (as seen on the Roswell Park Website)
All women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21.
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every 3 years. They should not be tested for HPV unless it is needed after an abnormal Pap test result.
Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have both a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years. This is the preferred approach, but it is also acceptable to have a Pap test alone every 3 years.
Women over age 65 who have had regular screenings with normal results should not be screened for cervical cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer should continue to be screened.
Women who have had their uterus and cervix removed in a hysterectomy and have no history of cervical cancer or pre-cancer should not be screened.
Women who have had the HPV vaccine should still follow the screening recommendations for their age group.
Women who are at high risk for cervical cancer may need to be screened more often. Women at high risk might include those with HIV infection, organ transplant, or exposure to the drug DES. These women should consult with their doctor or nurse.
Cervical Cancer Screenings are available at Roswell Park (Click Link Below for More Info):