Breast Cancer Prevention Portland OR

For several years, there's been one sunny spot in the cloudy field of breast cancer prevention: exercise. Studies have shown that women who work out with some vigor and regularity reduce their risk of developing this scary disease, which kills 40,000 women a year.

Michael Eamon O'Dwyer, MD
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Coll Of Galway, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Galway
Graduation Year: 1990

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James Bernard Hayden, MD
(503) 494-6406
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd OP31
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer), Musculoskeletal Oncology
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
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Kellie J Nazemi
(503) 494-1543
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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Kathleen Kemmer
(503) 494-8534
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Hematology / Oncology

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Peter Kurre, MD
(206) 288-1024
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: Rheinisch-Westfalische Tech Hoch, Med Fak, Aachen, Germany
Graduation Year: 1991

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Joseph S Chan, MD
(503) 494-8534
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd # L586
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Charles D Lope, MR
(503) 494-8321
MC-L586B 3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Benjamin John, MD
(503) 494-8750
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd Cardiology-UHN62
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll, Univ Of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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William Robert Skach
(503) 494-7322
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Hematology, Hematology / Oncology, Medical Oncology

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Portland, OR
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A Gentler Way to Prevent Breast Cancer

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For several years, there’s been one sunny spot in the cloudy field of breast cancer prevention: exercise. Studies have shown that women who work out with some vigor and regularity reduce their risk of developing this scary disease, which kills 40,000 women a year. A new study presents even brighter news. According to researchers at the Northern California Cancer Center in San Francisco, you can bask in similar benefits without exercising too hard or hitting the gym.

The researchers interviewed more than 2,500 women—some with and some without breast cancer—about their exercise habits from their teen years on. When they looked at all kinds of activity, the findings were consistent with other studies: Serious exercisers had less breast cancer than sedentary women.

But the surprise came when they tallied the women’s moderate activities, like brisk walking, ballroom dancing, bowling, housecleaning, and gardening. Women with an average of 17 hours or more of moderate activity per week had a 33 percent lower cancer rate than the least active women in their category. “That’s important because it suggests that women don’t need to run marathons to do something useful for their health,” says epidemiologist and study investigator Esther M. John.

Soon the researchers will use their data to tackle another lingering question: whether you can better reduce your breast cancer risk by being active during a particular time in your life.

Until then, there’s no time like the present to take steps to protect your breast health. And taking steps, across the dance floor or down the street, may be all you need.

—Genevieve Des Jarlais

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