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Integrated PracticesBreast Cancer Support Groups

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 29,360 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in California this year alone. For many people, the diagnosis of cancer causes severe emotional distress. Each of us has our own personality, beliefs, values, world Read more…

FitnessCancer Patients Find Their Strong!

When someone is in the midst of medical treatment for cancer, they may not have the strength or desire for vigorous exercise. But gentle forms of movement such as yoga, tai chi, and qigong can be extremely beneficial in a treatment plan that addresses spirit, mind and body. Gentle movement Read more…

Integrated PracticesShay’s Story: The Cancer Cycle

Shay Moraga was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the beginning of 2016 and shares her journey with Desert Health® readers in an ongoing column… In this New Year, I look forward to reviewing my goals from last year and reflecting on how the past year has played out. Read more…

Medical NewsWhen Mammography is Not Enough

I always fill out the forms quickly in the doctor’s waiting room. Do you have a history— No. Have you ever— No. I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer or any cancer. But a year ago this past December, my mother was diagnosed and ended up receiving a Read more…

Integrated PracticesIntegrative Cancer Therapies to Support Breast Cancer Treatment

“Cancer does not grow too much; it dies too little,” states Robert Nagourney, MD.   You can think about cancer cells as normal cells becoming immortal. Apoptosis is the process in which normal functioning cells are programmed to die. In cancer cells, this mechanism is over-ridden so the cell malfunctions Read more…

Health & BeautyWhat Is A Breast MRI?

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an extremely helpful, non-invasive imaging tool used to evaluate mammographic abnormalities and identify early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk. An MRI does not involve radiation exposure and does not replace screening mammography. Instead it provides a powerful supplementary tool for detecting Read more…

Health & BeautyBreast Health Update: Density a Risk Factor

As of April 1, 2013, California law requires that all women receive a notification if their mammogram reveals dense breast tissue. While receiving this notification may lead to confusion at first, the information is provided to empower women. Dense breast tissue has been shown to be associated with a slight Read more…

Integrated PracticesBeyond Mammography: What’s New in Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer steals the lives of over 40,000 people a year despite the enormous amount of new research and continued evolution of treatments.  Bottom line, prevention remains the single best approach. Regular screening for breast masses is unanimously recommended by every primary care doctor in this country.  That said, the Read more…

Medical NewsKnow When to Get Your Mammogram

Each October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are reminded of the importance of having a mammogram to aid in early breast cancer detection. Mammograms are essentially an X-ray of the breast while it is compressed. These images are used to detect abnormalities including breast cancer that may not Read more…