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January 17, 2018

Headline Hype: Why You Can’t Believe Everything You Read

by Piri Welcsh, PhD Our first “Headline Hype” blog post – published just a few days ago – addresses misleading information in a Newsweek article about recently published breast cancer research in Lancet Oncology. Now, it appears the media is on a roll. We were disturbed to learn about another media story focused on the same Lancet … + read more

January 13, 2018

Headline Hype: BRCA and Risk of Dying from Cancer

by Piri Welcsh, PhD An article published yesterday in Newsweek with the incredibly misleading title “A Gene That ‘Causes Cancer’ Probably Doesn’t Increase Your Chances of Dying from Cancer” created quite a social media stir.  This media story, and the research that it reports on, will be the subject of a future XRAYS article. We … + read more

January 9, 2018

The Cultural Chasm and Challenges of Being a Young Asian American Cancer Survivor

by Amy Wu In the aftermath of my cancer diagnosis and treatment, an advocate–at times raging and impatient—unexpectedly emerged. I consider myself an introvert, in some ways fitting into the stereotypes of the model Asian American—hardworking, obedient and conservative, but the close call with what I was convinced was death at the age of 37 … + read more

November 2, 2017

When Breast Cancer Treatment Ends: Thoughts On “Can Breast Cancer Come Back?” XRAYS Review

by Jennifer Hintz Note:  Jennifer’s story was submitted in response to our recent XRAY review published July 2017: Can Breast Cancer Come Back? If you have would like to submit a blog post related to one of our XRAYS articles, please contact medhas@facingourrisk.org. I was thrilled to finally hear the words from my oncologist: “You’ve done … + read more

August 22, 2017

100th XRAYS: 5 Lessons We Have Learned

by Lisa Rezende, PhD and Julie Huynh, MS Today we celebrate the publication of our 100th XRAYS review. It’s amazing to think how the program we developed over the past three years has grown to serve over 70,000 people affected by breast cancer. We knew the need was there. We saw how catchy headlines like … + read more

June 1, 2017

Chemo and Hair Loss Is More Than a Vanity Issue

by Sue Friedman I was happy to read the XRAYS report on research about scalp cooling to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. Chemo-related hair loss is more than merely an inconvenience during cancer treatment. My own experience as a young breast cancer survivor on chemotherapy convinced me of this. I was 33 when I was … + read more

May 18, 2017

Science and the Media: Help vs. Hype

by Piri Welcsh, PhD and Sue Friedman, DVM When making medical decisions, getting information right is more important than getting it fast. This is especially true for our community, when results of a genetic test or a breast biopsy can add a sense of urgency to medical decision-making. But finding factual data or input—help, not … + read more

March 1, 2017

Making Postmastectomy Decisions: The Right Input is Critical

Note: This is part 3 of a 3-part series related to our recent XRAYS review on Roni Caryn Rabin’s New York Times piece, “‘Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer.” In part 1 of the series, FORCE volunteer, Robin Karlin discusses her decisions after mastectomy, and her feelings post-reconstruction. In part 2, Sue Friedman talks about the affect of … + read more

February 27, 2017

After Mastectomy: Go Flat or Reconstruct

Note: This is part 2 of a 3-part series related to our recent XRAYS review on Roni Caryn Rabin’s New York Times piece, “‘Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer.” FORCE volunteer, Robin Karlin discusses her decisions after mastectomy in part 1 of the series. by Sue Friedman In 1997, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33. … + read more

February 23, 2017

Post-Reconstruction Thoughts on “Going Flat”

Note: This is part 1 of a 3-part series related to our recent XRAYS review on Roni Caryn Rabin’s New York Times piece “‘Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer.” by Robin Karlin Roni Caryn Rabin’s New York Times piece, “‘Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer,” brings much-needed awareness to the option of skipping reconstruction after mastectomies for breast … + read more

December 15, 2016

Paradigm Shift: A Journalist and Survivor Tackles the New Normal of News

By Amy Wu Caught amidst a tsunami of daily news stories, posts and news alerts – Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, NPR, The New York Times, VICE, CNN, The Guardian and The Washington Post, where do I start? I click, I swipe, scroll and scan. Since the advent of the smartphone and the ease of the wireless … + read more

September 19, 2016

How the XRAYS Program Can Help You Understand Ovarian Cancer

Over 20,000 women each year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, affecting both those diagnosed and their loved ones. An integral aspect of our mission for the XRAYS (eXamining Relevance of Articles for Young Survivors) program is to inform our readers, specifically young survivors, with timely and accurate information to help them make sense of the … + read more

August 19, 2016

XRAYS: One Year of Making Sense of Cancer Headlines!

Over the past year, XRAYS has become a reliable resource for improving our readers’ understanding of breast cancer related news. Since launching on August 25, 2015, XRAYS has made sense of what can often be confusing cancer headlines; empowering cancer survivors, people at high risk for breast cancer, and their families to make better decisions … + read more

July 25, 2016

Our Top 3 XRAYS Reviews: Why You Should Read Them

FORCE’s XRAYS program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), serves as a reliable source of information for young breast cancer survivors and high-risk women, helping them navigate the complex world of breast cancer research-related news and information. We review the latest research and media articles for accuracy and relevancy in order to improve … + read more

May 7, 2016

5 Stories We Love of Strong Women & Mothers: Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2016 kicks off National Women’s Health Week, which goes from May 8th through May 14th. This is an excellent time to celebrate all of the women who have made a difference in our lives. Although beautiful, Mother’s Day can be an emotional (and sometimes messy) day. Many of us have mothers, grandmothers and … + read more

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