Friday, October 26, 2012
Breast cancer isn't age specific. Here's how to cope with treatments and augmentations if you are diagnosed earlier in life.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Friday, October 26, 2012
Generally speaking, the incidence of breast cancer among women in Massachusetts is 133 per 100,000, according to this breast cancer statistics chart from komen.org. An American woman in her 30s has a one in 232 chance of getting the disease, and a woman 20 years her senior has a one in 42 probability, according to the website. “Although we aren’t certain, the cause of breast cancer in younger women is likely caused by a genetic predisposition,” says Ann H. Partridge, M.D., M.P.H., the medical oncologist director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While breast cancer treatment in young women is often effective, the chance of recovery tends to be worse in women under 40. …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Plymouth South students and teachers wore pink last week to support breast cancer research.
A number of staff and students at Plymouth South wore pink Wednesday in support of breast cancer research as part of Lee Denim Day. They were treated to coffee, bagels, apple crisp and cookies in the afternoon. A drawing raised $500 to support the cause. Among the prizes were PSHS clothing and gift certificates to the culinary arts department. Lee National Denim Day is a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs. Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day participants have raised more than $86 million for the fight against breast cancer.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Early detection of breast cancer through routine exams saves thousands of lives every year.
Studies have shown that early detection of breast cancer improves the chances of a cure. That in itself is the most important reason to make an appointment today for a breast exam or mammogram. Jordan Hospital provides breast exam and mammography services. Going for an exam can be nerve-wracking. To better understand the importance of exams, here's helpful information that explains the process, when you should go and why: Breast self-exams There has been a lot of heated debate in the research and medical communities about the usefulness of breast self-exams in detecting breast cancer in the early stages. One cancer research organization has even said it’s a myth. The American Cancer Society’s guidelines state that women don’t need to do …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
"Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors" shares the wisdom of breast cancer survivors with the newly diagnosed. What's your story?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the greatest challenges for those who have been newly diagnosed is finding sources of support. Patients are eager for information on everything from enduring surgery and chemotherapy to how to deal with hair loss. While there are many local resources and support groups available in Plymouth, women can also find comfort in a sisterhood of survivors who have already been in their shoes. Best selling author and breast cancer survivor Barbara Delinsky has gathered the wisdom of hundreds of breast cancer survivors who are eager to inspire those who are new to the “breast cancer sisterhood.” She shares all of the stories and tidbits she found in her book "Uplift: Secrets from the …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Hair Fitness salon is hosting its fourth annual Cuts and Cupcakes event, Oct. 21.
Hair Fitness Salon is hosting its fourth annual Cuts and Cupcakes for a Cure this year, and hoping to raise more money for the American Cancer Society than ever before. Gail Fabri-Schwartz, the manager of Hair Fitness, says the entire staff gets invovled in the fundraiser, both cutting hair and by baking and decorating amazing cupcakes. "Some are very fancy; some are very simple; never the less they are all very delicious and baked with love," Fabri-Schwartz said. "We sell about 10 to 12 dozen cupcakes." The salon also holds a silent auction featuring items from businesses across the community from oil changes to restaurant gift certificates. "The first year of the event we raised $1,500, and we set our goal at $1,000 more each year. Last …
Friday, October 12, 2012
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a list of local breast cancer support groups.
One in eight American women and one in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year. Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups. Jordan Hospital provides two local support groups, and can provide information on many more on the South Shore and the Cape. Pink Tea helps women to overcome the appearance-related side effects associated with cancer treatment. Trained volunteers offer guidance and instruction to women in a supportive environment, helping them regain their confidence …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Research shows good nutrition and exercise can help prevent breast cancer. Here are some resources around Plymouth to help you stay healthy.
You might be able to find help fighting breast cancer and other types of cancers at your local grocery store and fitness centers, according to the research findings of Dr. Marian Neuhouser, Ph.D, RD. Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences. She is an investigator at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. Some factors may prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 American women will die …
From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in your Plymouth and in Massachusetts.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. There are even more ways to spread breast cancer awareness this month by supporting national organizations that are fighting for a cure. Research centers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure are selling pink ribbon merchandise and it’s a twofer — retail therapy and donating to a cause that affects millions. You can also support breast cancer research by affixing a special stamp to your mail. The U.S. Postal Service has been selling a stamp commemorating breast cancer awareness for the past 15 years. The agency has raised $75 million so far for research programs at the National …