The Complete Book of Breast Care

The Complete Book of Breast Care

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by Niels H. Lauersen M.D., Ph.D, Eileen Stukane

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Written by esteemed New York obstetrician/gynecologist Niels Lauersen and women's health writer Eileen Stukane, The Complete Book of Breast Care offers the cutting-edge research and professional guidance you need to maintain the lifelong health of your breasts and to combat cancer at any age. With warmth and candor, this



Written by esteemed New York obstetrician/gynecologist Niels Lauersen and women's health writer Eileen Stukane, The Complete Book of Breast Care offers the cutting-edge research and professional guidance you need to maintain the lifelong health of your breasts and to combat cancer at any age. With warmth and candor, this revolutionary health maintenance and disease prevention guide answers such questions as

  • Should I have a mammogram? If so, when should I have one?
  • Are there other methods/tests to detect breast cancer?
  • How do I perform a breast exam? What else can I do to maintain long-term breast health?
  • Can the cancer-fighting agents found in common fruits and vegetables really help me?
  • What are the benefits—and risks—of various breast cancer treatment options involving surgery, radiation, and medication?
  • Where can I find on-line cancer forums and support groups?
  • What's the truth about the newly discovered breast cancer genes?

For years Lauersen and Stukane have urged women to listen to their bodies and become partners in their own health care. The Complete Book of Breast Care is the resource you can turn to before and after a problem occurs, to gain confidence in your body and to recognize the route to your own best health.

"Splendid...A very well-crafted resource...There are loads of useful information on surgical options to help decision-making and an excellent section, seldom seen elsewhere, on tapping the vast amount of breast cancer information available in cyberspace."

-National Alliance of Breast Care Organizations

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From the team that wrote Listen to Your Body comes this authoritative, comprehensive guide to breast care. Obstetrician/gynecologist Lauersen of New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital and health writer Stukane take a confidence-inspiring stance that emphasizes the importance of preventive health care, understanding normal changes in breasts from puberty on, and-very importantly-trusting one's instincts. The impact of exercise, diet, stress, pregnancy and environmental factors are considered, as are oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy. For those dissatisfied with their breasts' appearance, there are clear explanations of the surgical options. While minor breast problems are discussed, cancer gets the most attention. There is information on new detection methods, various types of biopsies and the numerous surgical procedures now available. Breast cancer patients facing radiation therapy or chemotherapy will learn just what to expect; those opting for reconstruction will find the line drawings and photographs reassuring. The resources section, with its tips on locating up-to-date breast cancer information on the Internet, is an added bonus. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This book by noted obstetrican/gynecologist Lauersen and women's health and nutrition writer Stukane is intended to give the general reader comprehensive coverage of all aspects of breast care. The authors previously collaborated on the best-selling Listen to Your Body (Berkeley, 1987). This new work is a disappointing effort from two such distinguished authors. It includes information on healthy breasts as well as various topics related to breast cancer, cosmetic surgery, healthy diet, and even choosing the correct bra size. While some parts of the text are clearly and concisely written and easy to understand, much of the information on breast cancer is complex and confusing. The organization leaves something to be desired as well; information about similar topics is scattered throughout the book, and lengthy chapter titles prevent easy location of areas of interest. Additionally, titling the introduction "Your Breasts: Your Pride and Your Worry" seems so ridiculous as to be almost offensive; are women to be proud of, and judged on, this aspect of their physical appearance? Libraries would do better with Miriam Stoppard's The Breast Book (LJ 6/1/96) or Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (LJ 6/1/95). Recommended only for comprehensive collections.Stacey Hathaway, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio

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Your Breasts: Your Pride and Your Worry

Your breasts are glands involved in your reproductive system, but their significance goes far beyond their function. Breasts are part of a woman's identity, visible signs of her sex, erogenous zones, and with motherhood, sources of love and nourishment for her babies. Recognizing the vital and varied roles of breasts, we urge you to become involve in their health care before a problem occurs. Every year about 180,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 44,000 women die of hte disease. Our aim for The Complete Book of Breast Care is: to offer you the most up-to-date discoveries in preventive health care, along with the latest advancements in diagnosies and treatments, to increase your knowledge about what is going on inside your breasts, and to return to you confidence in your body. Daunting as it may seem, it is important for you to be aware of the latest information about preventive care, diagnostic techniques, and improved treatments. The quality of your bre
ast health care improves when you can bring your own understanding of the facts to your doctor's office.


In 1982, when we wrote Listen to Your Body to arm women with information about their gynecological health, women were expected to discover their own breast lumps. At that time, we urged you and your doctor to integrate breast examinations into regular gynecological checkups. We also advised you to ask your doctor to explain fibrocystic breast disease and other benign breast conditions. With activism so strong today, it seems hard to imagine that awareness of breasthealth care has only existed for about 20 years. But as recently as the early 1970s, when a woman went for a biopsy, she never knew whether her body would be whole afterward. She signed an agreement that stated if cancer was discovered, while she was still anesthetized the surgeon had her permission to perform a radical mastectomy, removing her breast, the muscles on her chest wall, and the lymph nodes under her arm. This was the famous one-step procedure. Breast cancer was dealt with quickly, in a manner doctors considered "efficient." Now we all know differently.

It was not until the mid-1970s that attitudes began to change. Betty Ford and Happy Rockefeller, admired women in the public eye, openly discussed their breast cancers. Medical writer Rose Kushner was diagnosed with breast cancer and she became an energetic campaigner against the one-step procedure and for increasing funds for breast cancer research and encouraging breast conservation. Doctors began to consider a possible link between breast cancer and hormones--that the high levels of hormones in birth control pills (levels much higher than in today's pills) might stimulate breast tumors. Once regarded as cosmetic features that could be enlarged or reduced at will, breasts now became a health concern. Discussions of mammography and breast self-examinations appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on television. Everyone was talking about breast health care, but what was clearly growing out of all the talk was an awareness tinged with fear. Women became afraid to touch their breasts. What if you found a lump? Then what would you do?

Our belief has always been that the more you know, the less fearful you will be. You are not facing decisions about your breast health care alone. Your doctor is there to help you, but to have a valuable partnership, you must bring your own understanding to the table, and that's where we come in. Many women become actively informed about their breast health care only after something goes wrong. Our goal is to increase your understanding of your breasts right now. In The Complete Book of Breast Care, we have set out to produce an up-to-the-minute guide for breast health care that is easy to read and enjoyable.

Also, to keep you up to date, we have included a special section on computer research (see Part VI, "Resources") to guide you through the on-line networks that may be available to you. You can learn how to travel the electronic information highway and locate the latest on breast health care. To our knowledge, The Complete Book of Breast Care is the first women's health book to pinpoint the best breast health care information in cyberspace.

Today, in the tumult of health care, when major institutions like the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society are at odds over when women should have annual mammograms, when fraud is discovered in a prestigious 15-year lumpectomy study, and researchers are in dispute about whether diet plays a role in breast health, it is more important than ever that you trust your source of information and your instincts.

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Knowledgable More than 1 year ago
Another one of Dr. Niels Lauersen's book not to be missed out on. His co-writer, Eileen Stukane is once again at her best as the team addresses everything about proper breast care for every woman. Let's get more of these printed in soft or hardcover. You don't know what you're missing until you've read it. Best of health!