Enhancing our breast cancer awareness is one of the most important things we can do in our fight against breast cancer. This awareness can encompass many aspects of breast cancer depending upon each of our personal relationships with breast cancer. For those of us without breast cancer, it is important to learn and understand what we can do personally to reduce our breast cancer risk. For individuals with breast cancer, it is in their particular interest to understand their breast cancer treatment options and lifestyle changes they might have to make during recovery.
One of my favorite scientific resources for keeping up with the advancements in breast cancer research is the journal Breast Cancer Research. This journal publishes high quality research papers that are free to the public to read. For the last few years, they have published a journal supplement called "Controversies in Breast Cancer" that explores the current status or thinking on multiple topics related to breast cancer. Browsing through these concise articles is an excellent way to enhance one's breast cancer awareness. Controversies in Breast Cancer 2009 covers a wide range of topics including:
An overview of alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk
The importance of mammogram density on breast cancer risk
An article on the current thinking about antiperspirants and breast cancer risk
The potential importance of tailored, targeted breast cancer therapy (personalized medicine)
Genetic markers of breast cancer
Indicators of long-term breast cancer outcome (markers of cell growth and changes in breast connective tissue)
Possible future changes in endocrine therapy guidelines (aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates)
This is only a sampling of the topics in this year's issue. While I might blog about a few of these papers in more detail, I know that I probably won't blog about all of them and I wanted to make sure that you all had the opportunity to read these papers and enhance your own breast cancer awareness. In addition to Controversies in Breast Cancer 2009, you can also read Controversies in Breast Cancer 2008 and Controversies in Breast Cancer 2007 if you are interested.
Another way to enhance your breast cancer awareness is to read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at www.fightBCnow.com, which discusses many very simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your personal breast cancer risk.