Dr. Jen Gunter Speaks Out Against Misinformation About Women’s Health

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California-based doctor Jen Gunter poses Friday in her hotel lobby. Gunter is fighting medical quackery and pseudo-science in her spare time.
170811 – Friday, August 11, 2017.

 

The internet is a vast world of information. Sometimes it can be a challenge to sift through all of the false information to find the truth. Dr. Jen Gunter is one woman putting true, fact-based information out there about women’s health that we can feel certain is coming from an expert. She is a Winnipeg-raised obstetrician-gynecologist who has often spoken out against Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, where Paltrow shares information and sells women’s health items such as a $55-66 jade egg for “vaginal cleansing”.

Read the Winnipeg Free Press article here.

 

 

 

Post-mastectomy fashion: 5 things I wish I’d known before my mastectomy

This article is from anaono.com check them out!

 

You were prepared for your treatment. You were prepared for your surgery. You read everything you could get your hands on when you were diagnosed with cancer. But nothing prepares you for the day when the post-mastectomy haze clears and you are standing at the mirror, wrapped up like a mummy, convinced the doctors accidentally stitched an elephant to your chest.

You blink at your new body and try to wiggle out of the robe that has become your go-to outfit of choice. Then you stare into your closet. This is not like those pre-cancer days of sighing about not having anything to wear; this is real. As you rack your brain, you realize there wasn’t anything in your research that talked about living life after the mastectomy.

But don’t worry, because I’ve been there. Many of us have. And we’re happy to share all the things we wish we’d known when it was time to ditch the flannel and start dressing like a woman again.

The first thing I noticed post-mastectomy and reconstruction was traditional lingerie no longer fit me. I had no idea putting something as simple as a bra on would be so challenging. I would say I wish I’d known that ahead of time, but in hindsight, not knowing is what put me in a position to change the lives of others and start dressing women after cancer with my lingerie line, AnaOno. Now I get to listen to a lot of women talking about their challenges after a mastectomy, and I know I am not the only one. And neither are you.

Read the rest of the article here.

Breast Changes: What is Normal?

We all know to regularly check our breasts for odd or new changes, as they can be a sign of something much more serious.

Most women have changes in their breasts during their lifetime. Many of these changes are caused by hormones or can be caused by the normal ageing process. Most of these changes are not cancer; they are called benign changes. However, if you notice a breast change and you have suspicions or are uncertain, don’t wait until your next mammogram. Make an appointment to get it checked.

  • Young women who have not gone through menopause often have more dense tissue in their breasts. The Dense tissue has more glandular and connective tissue and less fat tissue. This kind of tissue makes mammograms harder to interpret–because both dense tissue and tumours show up as solid white areas on x-ray images. Breast tissue gets less dense as women get older.
  • Before or during your menstrual periods, your breasts may feel swollen, tender, or painful. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid in your breasts. These changes usually go away by the end of your menstrual cycle. Because some lumps are caused by normal hormone changes, your healthcare provider may have you come back for a return visit, at a different time in your menstrual cycle.
  • During pregnancy, your breasts may feel lumpy. This is usually because the glands that produce milk are increasing in number and getting larger.
  • While breastfeeding, you may get a condition called mastitis. This happens when a milk duct becomes blocked. Mastitis causes the breast to look red and feel lumpy, warm, and tender. It may be caused by an infection and it is often treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the duct may need to be drained. If the redness or mastitis does not go away with treatment, call your health care provider.
  • As you approach menopause, your menstrual periods may come less often. Your hormone levels also change. This can make your breasts feel tender, even when you are not having your menstrual period. Your breasts may also feel lumpier than they did before.
  • If you are taking hormones (such as menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pills, or injections) your breasts may become denser. This can make a mammogram harder to interpret. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are taking hormones.
  • When you stop having menstrual periods (menopause), your hormone levels drop, and your breast tissue becomes less dense and fattier. You may stop having any lumps, pain, or nipple discharge that you used to have. And because your breast tissue is less dense, mammograms may be easier to interpret.

To read more, click on the link below!

https://www.cancer.gov/types/breast/understanding-breast-changes

Breast Cancer in Young Women

 

Young women can have breast cancer. It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news comes out that a woman in her twenties is diagnosed with breast cancer. Chances are slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication to handle when diagnosed with cancer that is hormone sensitive. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news came out that a woman in her twenties was diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances these days are still slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

Lindsey Hope Finkelstein was diagnosed with breast cancer after she noticed her right nipple bleeding. She had an ultrasound and then a biopsy. She was tested negative for five genes linked to breast cancer. Somehow she still developed a tumour behind her right nipple. The doctors still don’t know what caused her cancer, and so she has donated her tumour to research. Read more about her inspiring journey at the link below.

 

 http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/when-young-women-get-breast-cancer