According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cancer in women, and 200,000 will be diagnosed this year in the United States alone. Eighty to 90 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease, and tens of thousands of women at risk of breast cancer face other cancer risks as well.
After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Dani, 31, underwent a genetic test, and was found to be positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation, commonly referred to as the breast cancer gene.
“I quickly decided to take steps [to prevent breast cancer], so I quickly made appointments to look into having [a bilateral] mastectomy and reconstruction, because I was of the frame of mind that I didn’t want to find it; I wanted to prevent it,” Dani says. “I’m very lucky now. I have a lower percentage of getting breast cancer than the general population.”
Testing positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation puts Dani at an increased risk of ovarian cancer. She and her sister, Mandy — who tested negative for BRCA 1 mutation — join The Doctors to discuss preventative options, such as undergoing a hysterectomy. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains the pros and cons of undergoing the potentially life-altering procedure at 31 years old.
• Breast cancer prevention tips
• Surviving breast cancer
• Skin-sparing mastectomy
Every parent faces behavioral problems with their children. But what if your child doesn’t respond to discipline and continues to throw tantrums long after the terrible twos? Faith and Lee’s 8-year-old son, Josiah, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder that is considered the highest-functioning in the autistic spectrum. Those with Asperger syndrome display poor social and communicative skills, have difficulty empathizing with others’ feelings and often throw uncontrollable tantrums.
Faith and Lee join The Doctors and talk with doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D., whose 8-year-old daughter also suffers from Asperger’s. “[People with Asperger’s] have so much functionality that some people argue if it’s a disability,” Dr. Wendy says. “We all know, because we live with these meltdowns, that it can disable somebody in some ways.
“[Asperger’s] is combined, often, with a kind of genius,” Dr. Wendy adds. “Part of the role of a [parent whose child has Asperger’s] is to figure out where the strengths lie, where the genius is and teach to those.”
Dr. Wendy offers Faith and Lee advice for managing Josiah’s tantrums, and shares tips for parents whose kids have Asperger’s.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death during the first 12 months of a child’s life. New mom Melissa is terrified her 6-month-old son, Brody will die of SIDS, and checks on him constantly. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears and doctor of psychology Wendy Walsh, Ph.D. help Melissa overcome her biggest fear and offer tips for reducing the risk of SIDS.
Dos and Don’ts of Crib Safety:
• Have your baby sleep on his or her back.
• Keep the crib as bare as possible.
• Make your home a smoke-free environment.
• Keep a fan in the baby’s room. It can reduce the risk of SIDS by 70 percent.
• Put the crib in the parents’ bedroom until the infant is 6 months old.
• Don’t overstuff the crib with full bedding, extra pillows or bumper pads. If you need to use a bumper pad, opt for a flat one.
• Don’t use sleep wedges, unless your doctor recommends them.
• Don’t leave stuffed animals in the crib.
• Don’t overheat the baby with extra blankets.
• Don’t keep the baby dressed in a skullcap.
• Don’t use loose sheets and blankets. Use one tightly fitted sheet around the mattress and keep the baby in a sleep sack with a closed bottom and arm openings.
• Read Dr. Sears' blog for more SIDS prevention tips.
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