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5 More Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Right Now!

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Photo: Kristina Flour

The Internet has become a breeding ground for myths and misconceptions regarding breast health and breast cancer. Don’t believe everything you hear. For example, antiperspirant deodorant, microwaves, and cell phones do not cause breast cancer. And just because your great Aunt had breast cancer, does not mean you are bound to get it too.

At Rethink, we believe knowledge is power… but that means knowing the truth. This fall we launched #8008135, a teen breast health online hotline, to bust (pun intended!) the most common breast cancer myths. And the beauty about it: you don’t need to be a teen to use it.

It’s important to educate yourself in order to make the most informed decisions possible regarding your best breast health. To find out more about the many breast cancer myths you should debunk ASAP, click here.

Photo: Celia Michon

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t just one kind of breast cancer or one kind of treatment. There are many different types of breast cancer. HER2-positive, estrogen-positive, triple-negative, invasive, non-invasive, inflammatory breast cancer… these are just some of the types and sub-types of breast cancers out there. And each one requires different attention and treatment. Find out more about the types of breast cancer and the different treatments for them.

Similarly, breast cancer is known to affect young women in different ways. Their breast cancers tend to be more aggressive and advance quicker. Young women also have a plethora of other factors (like starting a family, a career, relationships, etc.) … Read More

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Breast Health 101: What You DO Need To Know

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We live in a hyper breast cancer aware world where you might be bombarded with information AND misinformation about breast health and cancer. (No, underwire bras do not cause breast cancer!) Although you might be “aware” of the disease and likely know someone personally affected, you may not know many of the facts for themselves and what you can do to stay on top of your breast health.

Statistically, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells.  A third of the variation in cancer risk among tissues is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions and that is why at Rethink Breast Cancer we encourage all young people to be breast aware and risk savvy.

So, what does that mean…?

It’s never too early to be thinking about your breast health and taking steps to improve your overall heath, which decreases your risk of many cancers.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being breast aware can help you understand your personal risk and empower you to take charge of your personal health.

While the Internet, Dr. Google and social media era have been amazing for expanding the breast cancer conversation, it’s important that you know that facts….

Know your body.

Despite what you may have heard, systematically checking your breasts for lumps isn’t the way to go. In fact, it can actually lead to unnecessary health care visits and an increased number of benign (non-cancerous!) results.

It’s better to be breast aware. This simply means knowing your body so that you notice the changes that don’t feel right. No schedule, no pressure… just awareness.

Find out more about how to bec… Read More

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5 More Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Right Now!

https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/5-more-things-you-need-to-know-about-breast-cancer-right-now/

Photo: Kristina Flour

The Internet has become a breeding ground for myths and misconceptions regarding breast health and breast cancer. Don’t believe everything you hear. For example, antiperspirant deodorant, microwaves, and cell phones do not cause breast cancer. And just because your great Aunt had breast cancer, does not mean you are bound to get it too.

At Rethink, we believe knowledge is power… but that means knowing the truth. This fall we launched #8008135, a teen breast health online hotline, to bust (pun intended!) the most common breast cancer myths. And the beauty about it: you don’t need to be a teen to use it.

It’s important to educate yourself in order to make the most informed decisions possible regarding your best breast health. To find out more about the many breast cancer myths you should debunk ASAP, click here.

Photo: Celia Michon

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t just one kind of breast cancer or one kind of treatment. There are many different types of breast cancer. HER2-positive, estrogen-positive, triple-negative, invasive, non-invasive, inflammatory breast cancer… these are just some of the types and sub-types of breast cancers out there. And each one requires different attention and treatment. Find out more about the types of breast cancer and the different treatments for them.</…

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Breast Health 101: What You DO Need To Know

https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/breast-health-101-what-you-do-need-to-know/

We live in a hyper breast cancer aware world where you might be bombarded with information AND misinformation about breast health and cancer. (No, underwire bras do not cause breast cancer!) Although you might be “aware” of the disease and likely know someone personally affected, you may not know many of the facts for themselves and what you can do to stay on top of your breast health.

Statistically, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have random mutations arising during DNA replication in normal, noncancerous stem cells.  A third of the variation in cancer risk among tissues is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions and that is why at Rethink Breast Cancer we encourage all young people to be breast aware and risk savvy.

So, what does that mean…?

It’s never too early to be thinking about your breast health and taking steps to improve your overall heath, which decreases your risk of many cancers.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being breast aware can help you understand your personal risk and empower you to take charge of your personal health.

While the Internet, Dr. Google and social media era have been amazing for expanding the breast cancer conversation, it’s important that you know that facts….


Know your body.

Despite what you may have heard, systematically checking your breasts for lumps isn’t the way to go. In fact, it can actually lead to unnecessary health care visits and an increased number of benign (non-cancerous!) results.

It’s better to be breast aware. This simply means knowing your body so that you notice the changes that don’t…

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Cryotherapy May Help Prevent Neuropathy Caused by Taxol Chemotherapy

http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/cryotherapy-may-prevent-taxol-neuropathy

Neuropathy is the general term for pain caused by damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. Your peripheral nervous system is made up of the many nerves that bring signals from the brain and spinal cord to other (peripheral) parts of the body, such as the hands and feet. Damage to those nerves can affect the way the body sends signals to muscles, joints, skin, and internal organs. This can cause pain, numbness, loss of sensation, and other symptoms.

For people diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is chemotherapy, especially platinum and taxane chemotherapy medicines. Chemotherapy medicines travel throughout the body, where they can damage the nerves.

Taxane chemotherapy medicines include Taxol (chemical name: paclitaxel), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel), and Abraxane (chemical name: nab-paclitaxel). Platinum chemotherapy medicines include carboplatin.

A small study suggests that wearing frozen gloves and socks for 90 minutes after Taxol chemotherapy can help control neuropathy symptoms.

Doctors call therapies that use extreme cold as a treatment cryotherapy.

The research was published online on Oct. 12, 2017 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Read “Effects of Cryotherapy on Objective and Subjective Symptoms of Paclitaxel-Induced Neuropathy: Prospective Self-Controlled Trial.”

In the study, 36 people diagnosed with breast cancer who were being treated with weekly Taxol infusions for 12 weeks wore frozen gloves and socks on their dominant hand and foot from 15 minutes before the Taxol infusion to 15 minutes after the infusion was complete for a total of 90 minutes. The frozen gloves were replaced after the first 45 minutes.

The researchers compared neuropathy symptoms in the hand and foot that wore the frozen garments …

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2017 Breast Cancer Statistics Show Survival Rates Improving

http://www.breastcancer.org/research-news/2017-stats-show-survival-rates-improving

A new study from the American Cancer Society reports that the number of women who died from breast cancer dropped about 40% in the past 25 years, which translates into more than 322,000 lives saved during that time period.

The study also estimated that about 252,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2017. It’s also estimated that there will be 63,410 cases of DCIS diagnosed this year.

It’s important to know that these statistics are only for initial diagnoses of breast cancer and do not include metastatic recurrences — when the breast cancer returns in a part of the body away from the breast. It’s estimated that about 6% to 10% of new breast cancer cases are stage IV, or metastatic at diagnosis. The number of metastatic recurrences are unknown but are estimated to range from about 20% to 30% of all existing breast cancer cases, according to the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network.

The study was published online on Oct. 3, 2017 by CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Read “Breast cancer statistics, 2017, racial disparity in mortality by state.”

It’s also important to know that while the statistics show that rates of breast cancer mortality among black and white women are basically even in several states, overall, black women are still 42% more likely to die from the disease than white women.

“A large body of research suggests that the black-white breast cancer disparity results from a complex interaction of biologic and nonbiologic factors, including differences in stage at diagnosis, tumor characteristics, obesity, other health issues, as well as tumor characteristics, particularly a higher rate of triple-negative cancer,” said Carol DeSantis, director of Breast and Gynecological Cancer Surveillance for the American Cancer Society and lead author of the report. “But the substantial geograph…

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