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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Remembering, Honoring, and Preventing

by Jane Ashley

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month . This month helps increase awareness of the importance of screenings so that breast is caught in its early stages when it can be cured. It’s a time to remember those lost to breast cancer and to help those currently diagnosed with breast cancer.

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women (except for skin cancer). Almost 269,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019, along with about 69,000 women...

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Mammograms - Are They Needed, And How Often?

by Jane Ashley

It’s difficult for women to keep up with the latest guidelines for the frequency of mammograms and at what age to begin. There are several organizations that make mammogram recommendations. All but one of these organizations agree that the safest and optimum age to begin having annual mammograms is 40.

Annual Mammograms

Who makes mammogram recommendations?

There are several cancer organizations that make recommendations on mammograms frequency. They include:
American Cancer Society
The National...

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Long Term Hormonal Therapy and Joint Pain

by Jane Ashley

Post-menopausal women who had hormone-positive breast cancer usually take an Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to help prevent a recurrence of their breast cancer. Post-menopausal women still produce estrogen — an enzyme called aromatase converts androgens (sex hormones produced by the adrenal glands) into estrogen. The AI (aromatase inhibitor) prevents this conversion to estrogen.

Post Menopausal Women

The AI is effective in reducing the chance of recurrence, but it puts women at higher risk for osteoporosis. The AI...

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How "Pinktober" Benefits All Cancer Patients

by Jane Ashley

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There’s a lot of talk sometimes about PINKTOBER. Twenty-five years ago, President Bill Clinton urged that the third Friday in October be designated National Mammography Day. Over the years, it’s morphed into a month-long wave of “pinkness” fueled by the commercialization of products carrying the pink ribbon, retailers carrying pink tee shirts and companies advertising in all sorts of “commercialized” special sections of newspapers, radio campaigns and other events to show their support for...

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Breast Cancer & How Physical Activity Can Prevent Diagnosis and Ease Treatments

by GregP_WN

With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year, breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women. Although there are several preventative measures that can be taken, anyone with breasts is at risk of developing the disease in their lifetime.

Breast Cancer Risks

Who is at Risk of Breast Cancer?

There are many factors that increase a person's risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. For example, women over the age of 55 tend to be diagnosed more often, but younger women are still...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Jane Ashley

October is a time when we honor those with breast cancer, whether they are in active treatment or are survivors or succumbed to their disease years ago. While breast cancer is extremely rare in men, we shouldn’t forget them either – just under 1 percent of all breast cancer occurs in men.

1 Out Of 8

Breast cancer is so much more than “just being cancer” – as if that wasn’t enough – the treatments are often disfiguring and can induce early menopause. Breast cancer puts a lot on our plates, too much...

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11 Things Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Are Talking About

by GregP_WN

There are over 1,200 Metastatic Breast Cancer patients registered at WhatNext. These are some of the conversations they are having about the issues they are facing.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Info

Just curious about how long everyone has been living with cancer, or I guess if you're in remission, how long has that been? I am told I might have to have treatments periodically for the rest of my life. That sounds scary. ~JulesMom

I had a large melanoma in 1964 as a very young woman. Then 6 years ago had a series of...

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After Cancer Treatment, How Do I Get Back to Being Me?

by Lisa Vento

Last year, this very weekend, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It seems so long ago because so much happened when I heard the words, “You have cancer.” to now a year later. As we all know, there are decisions and surgeries and treatment and within all of that is a loss of self.

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Lisa and her family

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I thought I knew who I was. I thought I was an uber-focused MOM (caps and emphasis, mine). I thought I was meant to be a local teacher so I could still do my number one which was to...

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In Memoriam Beth Caldwell, Advocate

by Elissa Malcohn

Beth Caldwell's death on Nov. 2 stunned and saddened the breast cancer and especially the metastatic breast cancer community, even though she had warned us. "I know a lot of you were hoping there’d be some miracle out of this PET, and this is not easy news to take in," Beth had written in her blog, "The Cult of Perfect Motherhood".

Beth Caldwell

"Watching your friends die is AWFUL. I’ve watched so many friends die, and it’s never been remotely OK. And now, y’all have to watch me die. But, that’s life. It’...

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The Positive Side of "Pinktober"

by GregP_WN

For those in the cancer community, October doesn’t mean Halloween, or football, or changing leaves. October means “Pink,” and the big push for breast cancer awareness.

The Positive Side Of Pinktober

Of course, by mid-month, you’d truly have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the Breast Cancer awareness push – whether you’re in part of the cancer community or not. It’s inescapable. From 3rd grade to the pros, football players don pink socks or gloves. Pink ribbons festoon local stores and municipal buildings. Pink...

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