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
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Galway, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Galway
Graduation Year: 1990

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Michael John Mauro, MD
(503) 494-5058
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd UHN73C
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1994

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Gabrielle Meyers
(503) 494-5058
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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Selma B Hyman, MD
3262 NE Everett St
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Karen Lynn Kwong
(503) 494-5501
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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General Surgery, Surgical Oncology

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Jennifer Lynn Lycette, MD
(503) 494-9000
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 2000

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Guang Fan
(503) 494-8276
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
Specialty
Hematology

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James U Iwaniec, MD
(503) 220-8262
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland, OR
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Oncology (Cancer)
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Male
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Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1993

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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
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Christie Joanna Moore
(503) 494-6594
3181 Sw Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Hematology / Oncology

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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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