Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

  • Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

Turn breast cancer awareness toward overall wellness

To date, Komen has invested more than $180 million toward metastatic breast cancer research, and more than 41% of Komen's 2017 grants are devoted to metastatic research. "We're teaming up with Young Survival Coalition, which helps bring awareness and educate women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 40, while providing them with the necessary resources".

"I was 33 the first time and just 39 when I was diagnosed again in April", she said.

Serving the Muskogee area, the organization pays for mammograms, both screening and diagnostic, ultrasounds of the breast and computer-guided imagery biopsies.

The hospital has designated games at Pella High School (Oct. 6) and Pella Christian (Oct. 13) as nights where everyone in attendance is encouraged to "add pink" in support and memory of those who battle breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer for women in Bermuda, according to health minister Kim Wilson.

To kick-start the campaign, Helen and the other women drew on their own personal experiences to create a short film entitled Love, Laughter, Life and Breast Cancer: In Our Words. If genetic tests indicate a woman is BRCA-positive, there are a number of risk-reduction strategies to discuss with her physician. However, there has been a great deal of controversy about the value of performing a routine self-breast exam. "Self-breast exams help women be familiar with their breasts so they are better able to notice a lump or any other changes", said Chagpar. This reduces lifetime exposure to hormones such as estrogen, which are linked to increased risk of breast cancer.

If any of these symptoms are detected, contact a physician immediately to be evaluated. Horner also completed a breast imaging fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

"We have patients who get diagnosed with cancer and have difficulty making their appointments, like radiation every day for four or five weeks" because they can't take off from work, Schwartzberg said.

In fact, Texas Oncology has played a role in almost 70 FDA-approved cancer-fighting drugs, about one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date.

Advances in chemotherapy regimens that were developed in the 1980s, the introduction of new drugs like tamoxifen and Herceptin, and early detection through mammograms have reduced the likelihood of breast cancer patients dying from the disease, the report notes.

DR. JOLANTA CICHON is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Denton North, 2900 N. Interstate 35, Suite 401, in Denton.