breast cancer

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Keep Your Cancer Off Facebook

I just posted about how Facebook banned a woman from posting pictures of her newborn son, and now here’s a story about Facebook banning a woman’s mastectomy photos. I’ve seen other inspirational photos of women who have battled breast cancer, so I’m not surprised that someone shared their photos on Facebook. Joanne Jackson from the UK had photos taken after her mastectomy, and chose to share them on Facebook. I love what she had to say about the photos: “I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after a mastectomy.” Continue Reading →

Your Man Reminder

Worried about breast cancer? TLC is a great way to help detect it early. But what exactly is TLC? Watch this video and learn. I stumbled upon this lovely video earlier this week and was smitten when I realized it wasn’t a joke (as in, those apps really exist!). So remember, if you’re worried about breast cancer, follow Anthony’s (the cute blonde from the video) advice:

TOUCH your breasts. Continue Reading →

Bowling For Boobies: Grassroots Breast Cancer Activism

I recently found out about an event called Bowling For Boobies, run by the Busted Foundation, which holds fundraisers in order to be able to give money directly to women who are struggling with breast cancer. Their Youtube video explains the concept in a really positive way. I think it’s fascinating that people are coming together to support breast cancer survivors at a grassroots level, and if you think it’s worth supporting, consider donating (I’m supporting Team Rack & Tears since they’re based out of my home city, L.A.). Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

A Pill That May Stall Ovarian Cancer

File this one under “Hope.” On June 4th, the New York Times posted an article about studies that are being conducted on the drug, Avastin (which is a widely known ‘cancer drug’) on how it would effect the progression of ovarian cancer. The Avastin studies were discussed at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, finding that the drug is effective in delaying the spreading of ovarian cancer – yet there is still speculation about how significant these results really are. The piece in the NYT also discusses trials run on the drug exemestane, which is classified as an aromatase inhibitors (which are commonly used to prevent “a recurrence of cancer in women with early-stage breast cancer after their tumors are removed by surgery”); the tests are looking to see how effective exemestane iz in preventing breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Learn about MSP posts as they happen by following us on Twitter@mysexprofessor or make friends with us on Facebook. Continue Reading →

The TSA’s Impact On Bodies, Sexual And Otherwise

The recent change in TSA regulations, requiring passengers chosen at random to either undergo scanning in a dubiously safe backscatter machine, or getting invasively full-body searched, has stirred up many issues related to sexuality, bodies, and personal boundaries. The TSA has released statements about the new backscatter machine, which according to them does not provide a full-nude scan of the passenger as believed by many. Nor are the images saved, but rather deleted immediately by employees. Others have contested this claim, however, asserting that there is not enough oversight to ensure that the images are always deleted, or do not contain or portray personal identifying features. There are also health concerns, as the backscatter machines are thought to emit unhealthy levels of radiation–or levels that might be healthy for a normal person, but potentially dangerous for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Continue Reading →

Etsy’s Breast Cancer Awareness Products

As a self-proclaimed online shopping addict, I love getting Etsy’s daily emails, showcasing a round-up of themed items that are currently selling on Etsy. But I was especially pleased to see their “Breast Cancer Awareness” email, highlighting items that were also donating funds to breast cancer research and advocacy groups. My personal favorite? Continue Reading →

How breast cancer survivors (and other women, too) can improve their sex lives

Last week I described some of the sexual problems faced by breast cancer survivors following treatment. I promised to return to the topic this week in order to highlight specific strategies that survivors can use to address common sexual problems – and that many other women may find help to make their sex lives better too. Ready? 1. Make friends with lube! Continue Reading →

How having breast cancer can affect a woman’s sexuality

This year, approximately 11,000 women under the age of 40 will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While it is heart-wrenching to think about dealing with breast cancer at any age, young survivors of breast cancer are often affected by breast cancer treatments in unique ways that are rarely discussed openly. For one, certain treatments can send a woman into early menopause. This is important for women to talk with their healthcare providers about before they begin treatment, as some treatments can be modified in ways that increase the chances of a woman being able to conceive after treatment is complete. Treatments for breast cancer can also greatly affect a woman’s sex life (at any age) – lumpectomy and mastectomy can affect a women’s body image whereas chemotherapy can cause vaginal dryness or pain. Continue Reading →

Sex after breast cancer

More press on our recent study related to breast cancer and sexuality appeared in the Bloomington Herald-Times and can be found on their web site after the jump. When I went to my dermatologist the other day, she mentioned that she’d seen the article (much more comfortable than the time my gynecologist walked in the room and said he and his wife had seen me on the Discovery Channel talking about sex!) and thought it was good coverage of a challenging topic. I agree and would love to hear your thoughts, too. Continue Reading →