Breast Health

Breast Cancer and hormonal contraceptive use

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An estimated 64% of sexually active women in their reproductive years (between the ages of 15 and 49) make use of contraception worldwide. Hormonal contraceptives have well-known side effects such as venous thrombo-embolism, migraines, dizziness and fatigue. A study performed in Denmark and published in the NEJM(New England Journal of Medicine) in 2017 found its way into media and seemed to also draw a correlation between increased breast cancer risk and the use of hormonal contraceptives. This article unpacks those findings.


Articles, Breast Health|

Although seen as a predominantly female disease, breast cancer affects men too. The risk is low, particularly in comparison to other common cancers. The National Cancer Registry states that the lifetime risk of suffering breast cancer in males is between 1 in 500 to 1 in 1000, depending on race. Men at any age may develop breast cancer, but it is usually detected in men between 60 and 80 years of age. The significance of early detection is stressed, as that vastly improves the chances of surviving any type of cancer. In this article are some of the most crucial facts about breast cancer in men.

Breast Cancer, fertility, and pregnancy

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More women are postponing childbearing until they have finished tertiary education, are established in their careers, and have formed stable relationships. For women who have not yet finished family planning, a breast cancer diagnosis has profound implications on their ability to have a child. While breast cancer itself does not have any known effect on fertility, the treatment of it does. Some of the implications and important factors that women should be aware of when undergoing treatment and wanting to fall pregnant are outlined in this article.


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Our doctors Justus Apffelstaedt and Fatima Hoosain (specialist surgeons with an interest in breast, thyroid, and parathyroid health as well as soft tissue surgical oncology) stress the importance of being prepared for treatment post a breast cancer diagnosis. Whilst the physical side effects of treatment are generally fully discussed, it’s as important for all cancer patients to prepare for the psychological impact of their treatment and the long-term physical realities.

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