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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and today, October 18, is National Mammography Day, as well. This is a good time to check if you're due for a mammogram and consider whether you should opt for a 3D mammogram. This imaging technology is used to look for breast cancer in people who have no signs or symptoms. It also can be used to investigate the cause of breast problems, such as a breast mass, pain and nipple discharge. The images collected during a 3D mammogram are synthesized by a computer to form a 3D picture of your breast. For breast cancer screening purposes, the machine also creates standard 2D mammogram images. Learn more about 3D mammography and whether it might be right for you.
Nutrition, appetite and cancer treatment
Sometimes cancer or cancer treatment can affect your appetite. Though you may not feel like eating, it's important to do what you can to maintain your calorie, protein and fluid intake. In some cases, such as advanced cancer, eating may not affect the outcome of your illness or treatment, though. In these situations, trying to follow specific dietary guidelines, such as adhering to a low-sodium or low-fat diet, may not be practical. Try these tips to plan meals and snacks that will be more appealing and provide the nutrition that you need.
Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system
Paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system are a group of uncommon disorders that develop in some people who have cancer. They occur when cancer-fighting agents of the immune system also attack parts of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves or muscle. Depending on where the nervous system is affected, paraneoplastic syndromes can cause problems with muscle movement or coordination, sensory perception, memory or thinking skills, or sleep. Learn more about the types and symptoms of paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system.