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Think Pink, Live Green is a way of living that aims to help women reduce their risk of breast cancer or the disease coming back in survivors. It’s also a way for women living with advanced disease to make the healthiest choices possible.

Feminine Hygiene: Cleaning Up “Down There”

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on January 25th, 2012 Tags: ,

Caution: “Below the Belt” content!

With me, no health topic can be off-limits. Especially when it comes to maintaining personal hygiene, feeling well, and being confident about our bodies during and after breast cancer. I’m tackling these delicate issues within Think Pink, Live Green, because the personal care products we use can be absorbed into our bodies and potentially affect how breast cells grow,…

Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar? Part 2

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on January 17th, 2012 Tags: ,

The products we use can be helpful, harmless, or harmful. In “Hope or Harm in Jar? Part 1,” I wrote about potentially harmful ingredients in many moisturizers. Now I want to talk about how certain ingredients may have some link to cancer risk.

Parabens. Parabens go by many names — methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben — but no matter the type, they’re widely…

Moisturizers: Hope or Harm in a Jar?

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 28th, 2011 Tags: ,

When I flip through magazines, I often find myself getting sucked into the swirl of skin care ads. The promises are hard to ignore: with just a few pats of a cream or serum, I can look younger, with firmer, softer skin protected against the signs of aging. Any and all perceived flaws seem to magically disappear, sometimes instantly. It’s no wonder that moisturizers and…

When It Comes to Exercise, Just Do It

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 14th, 2011 Tags: ,

First, let’s get the excuses out of the way. When it came to exercise, I had these plus a few more readily available, especially at busy times of year (like right now!):

  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m too old.
  • My knees hurt.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I don’t have the right clothes.
  • It’s too cold/wet/hot/humid outside.
  • I don’t know how.
  • It’s boring
  • I don’t like

Adjusting to the New Alcohol Research: How I Do It

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on December 1st, 2011 Tags: , ,

In my column Alcohol and Cancer: You Can’t Drink to Your Health, we talked about the recent research that reaffirms the alcohol and breast cancer link — but also makes safe alcohol limits even lower than previously thought. Our column sparked a very good question from a community member:

Ktn says:

This is a hard one for me because I really enjoy a glass…

Giving Thanks for Family Dinner

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 16th, 2011 Tags: , ,

For years, dinner time at my house was a recipe for chaos. With a busy husband and three active kids, I never knew who was coming or going. On any given night, sports, friends, school activities, and other commitments kept us on the run. It wasn’t a rare occasion to have one kid running out the door with an energy bar while another was coming…

Alcohol and Cancer: You Can’t Drink to Your Health

By Dr. Marisa Weiss on November 9th, 2011 Tags: ,

A column by Melinda Beck in the November 1, 2011 Wall Street Journal gets right to the point: Regular drinking, even just two drinks a day, raises the risk of many types of cancer, including breast cancer.

The statistics she cites are sobering:

  • Men who drink three or more drinks a day have a 41% higher risk of dying of cancer.
  • Women who drink

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