Posts Tagged: ‘breast cancer’

There’s a spot in the human brain named for Pierre Paul Broca, and if you’re reading this post out loud, you’re using it. Discovered by the French neurologist in 1861, Broca’s area is a cluster of neurons responsible for speech formation. Then, in 1866, Broca described familial breast cancer for the first time in medical history based on 10 cases of breast cancer that occurred across four generations of his wife’s family.

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First came vajazzling, with women (and some men) paying aestheticians to glue crystals around their pubic area, much to doctors’ chagrin. Now, The Telegraph reports that women in the UK are getting temporary nipple tattoos to darken the areola — sometimes in addition to breast augmentations. Since the tattoo ink fades over time, these nipple tattoos only last up to 18 months before they need retouching. Nevertheless, they aren’t cheap. To darken both nipples can cost more than $1,800.

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Philadelphia-based tattoo artist Vinnie Myers only inks one kind of tattoo these days. Seeing at least three clients per day, Myers keeps busy tattooing incredibly life-like nipples on post-mastectomy patients’ breasts…

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month doesn’t take place until October, when the pink and Halloween orange will duke it out for color supremacy (I’d put my cash on pink, FYI), but new research (via Forbes) indicates that it’s time to rethink pink.

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Stuff Mom Never Told You listeners from way back when might remember a podcast on breast cancer genes known as BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. (The episode is entitled “Why is there a patent on the breast cancer genes?” if you’d like to give it a listen). Having a mutation in either of those genes significantly increases a person’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

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As the orange and black Halloween season gets underway, don’t forget to think pink this October. This month marks the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and people around the country are participating in events to honor and support breast cancer survivors, patients and research. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States. Although the breast cancer death rate has been on a 2 percent annual decline in recent years, more than 192,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2009.


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