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3 Ways Breast Cancer Can Screw Up Your Sex Life

3 Ways Breast Cancer Can Screw Up Your Sex Life

You might be one of the lucky few whose sex life cruises through breast cancer, but more likely than not, there are bumps in the road. The NCI reports that one in two women treated for breast cancer experiences some combination of low desire and pain with intercourse. Below, a list of the most common problems and some expert suggestions on what to do about it.

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    How to Tell the People in Your Life That You Have Breast Cancer
    Many patients would rather eat their socks than have to tell someone else that they have breast cancer. But saying the words not only helps you adjust to the idea and affirms that you're dealing with it; it also provides those around you with vital information.  More »

    Starting Over After Breast Cancer—It May Not Be What You Expected
    Congratulations! You've made it through tests and treatments that sometimes seem as brutal as the disease itself. Finally, it's here: the light at the end of the tunnel. Except maybe it's not as bright as you expected.  More »

    3 Ways to Fight the Fear Your Breast Cancer Will Come Back
    Survivors of breast cancer are commonly haunted by fears that the disease will return, especially during the first few years of recovery. But after your first year, each year without a recurrence marks an important drop in your risk. Yet, for many, the fears still linger. Find out what you need to get through this.  More »

    The Great Mammogram Debate
    When new mammogram guidelines were issued in 2009 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), it sparked a huge controversy. The group says average-risk women shouldn’t start getting mammograms until age 50. But other groups, including the American Cancer Society, advise starting at 40. Find out what two leading experts have to say.  More »

    12 Ways to Cope With "Chemo Brain"
    The chemicals used in chemotherapy are powerful -- strong enough to kill cancer cells. That's a good thing, but they also seem to have a little-understood effect on the brain, causing cognitive problems such as memory lapses and loss of concentration. Find out some things you and the person you're caring for can do to prevent chemo brain from interfering with his ability to carry out day-to-day tasks and stay on top of his life.  More »

    7 Ways to Support Someone With Breast Cancer
    Finding yourself in Cancer World happens very suddenly. The doctor -- or someone close to you -- tells you it's cancer, and all of a sudden everything changes. How are you supposed to know, instantly, how to be supportive to a woman going through something this terrifying? Here are seven things women with breast cancer and their partners have discovered about what worked best when it came to supporting them through this ordeal.  More »

    6 Things Not to Say to Someone With Breast Cancer
    Experts caution that when caring for someone with breast cancer, there are six things caregivers often say -- in an attempt to be sympathetic, supportive, or encouraging -- that can have just the opposite consequence, shutting down communication and making her feel worse. Here are six common sayings to avoid, along with suggestions for what to say instead.  More »

    Healthy Breasts at Every Age
    Find out how to take care of your breasts through your 20s, 30s and 40s. Find out when to conduct breast self-exams and when you should see a specialist.  More »

    For Women Only: Cancer Symptoms You're Most Likely to Ignore
    Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don't rely on tests alone to protect you from cancer. It's just as important to listen to your body and notice anything that's different, odd, or unexplainable. Although many of these symptoms could be caused by less serious conditions, they're worth getting checked out if they persist.  More »

    Male Breast Cancer: Yes, It Exists
    Doctors used to think that the prognosis of male breast cancer was bleak compared to that of female breast cancer, when, actually, they're the same. The problem is that men often don't notice changes in their breast tissue. Find out what you need to know about your beau's risk.  More »

    10 Ways to Protect Against Breast Cancer
    There are many myths and misperceptions that persist about breast cancer. One major misperception is that the news is only bad when it comes to breast cancer. The truth is, survival rates are higher today than ever before, and there are steps you can take to shift the odds in your favor even more. Arm yourself with solid, reliable information from the country’s top breast cancer experts.  More »

    7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Breasts Healthy
    When it comes to young women and breast cancer, there's good news and bad news. The good: Their chances of having the disease are much lower than an older woman's. The bad: If cancer does strike, it can be more aggressive. A healthy lifestyle and these key early-detection methods can help protect your breasts.  More »

    10 Celebrities Who Battled Breast Cancer
    These stars have revealed to the public their battle with breast cancer. They now serve as an inspiration for at-risk women across the globe. Find out how their journeys shaped their lives and ultimately brought greater public awareness to breast cancer diagnosis and prevention.  More »

    Mammograms: What's Best For Your Breasts?
    To test or not to test? Or more specifically, when to test? That's the crucial query. Recent screening revisions have ignited a firestorm of controversy (after all, some 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year), thanks to conflicting data on mammogram efficacy. Read on to discover what's best for your breasts.  More »

    What I Wish I'd Known Before Beginning Chemotherapy
    The handouts your doctors give you are all well and good, but they don't tell the whole story about what to expect during chemotherapy. We talked to more than 25 cancer survivors to find out what they wish someone had told them about cancer treatment. Here's what they told us:  More »

    Anti-Cancer Superfoods: Do They Really Work?
    The short answer to this question is -- drum roll, please -- yes. They really do. Here are the top foods to work into the family diet if you'd like to cut cancer risk or help those with cancer recover. And who wouldn't?  More »

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