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The Fight Against Breast Cancer Reaches New Heights

Posted By Fitness on May 12, 2010 at 3:00AM

I'm sure most of you know about — and may have even participated in — one of the many breast cancer walks that happen annually. But did you also know that you can get vertical for the cause? Every year, outdoor enthusiasts reach new heights, literally, to honor the wives, sisters, mothers, and even sons who have been stricken by this disease. Together they raise money and ascend their way to the top of some of the world's most popular peaks like Kilimanjaro, Mt. Shasta, and Mt. Ranier.

While some require prior knowledge or certification in mountaineering — like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Volcanoes of Mexico ascent — others, like the Breast Cancer Fund's ascent of Mt. Shasta, are open to newcomers. The thing you can be certain of is that it will be life changing and extremely physically demanding. Besides carrying the weight of a 50-pound backpack, you will be faced with acclimating to a higher altitude and dramatic changes in weather. Think of it like the most intense hiking trip you can imagine with a couple of tools thrown in. Is it worth it? Hell yeah!

To be able to participate in these climbs expect to first raise at least $3,000, and in some cases up to $12,000 for the cause. And while many of the climb for cancer trips organize training sessions for you, others set you up with a outlined program to follow until the big day arrives. If you're a newbie to outdoor sports, you can be certain that training should begin months before the big day. Trips are scheduled from the Spring through the Fall, and it's still not too late to sign up for the 2010 expeditions. If you're interested, check out the websites for Climb to Fight Breast Cancer and Climb Against the Odds.

Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, and Halle Berry Walk With Revlon

Posted By Fitness on May 1, 2010 at 8:25PM

A newly single Halle Berry joined fellow Revlon spokeswomen Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba to cohost the Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York on Saturday. The three actresses joined Dr. Oz and walked alongside thousands of women to raise funds for breast and ovarian cancer research. Going on its 13th year, the Revlon event continues to be one of the biggest single-day fundraisers for the cause.

Are you participating in any fundraising walks or races this Spring? Tell me about the event in the comments sections below, then check out how lovely these ladies were looking!

Lifestyle Plays a Key Role in Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted By Fitness on Apr 13, 2010 at 3:00AM

Even though I was bummed to find out that eating extra fruit and veggies won't prevent cancer, there is a silver lining. As if we needed to give you another reason to exercise, researchers say that up to a third of breast cancer cases can be prevented if women exercise more and eat healthy. These findings come from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), who shared them at a conference in Barcelona recently.

These findings affirm that developing breast cancer is not just about genes, but lifestyle too. The IARC says that a woman's chances of getting cancer are about one in eight, but that eating right, maintaining an active lifestyle, and not smoking can reduce the risk immensely. Doctors think that a link between cancer and weight exists since many "breast cancers are fueled by estrogen, a hormone produced by fat tissue." The logic is pretty simple: reduce the amount of fat tissue, and you reduce the amount of estrogen too. Those involved in the study said they were not trying to single out overweight and/or obese women, saying that even slim women can benefit by turning their fat tissue into muscle.

While many people only think of exercise as a vehicle for weight loss, it really is so much more. Please make sure you do your best to lead an active lifestyle — you'll have many more years tacked onto your life for doing so!

Susan G. Komen Commercial - Dallas

Posted By Maeganmaxfitness on Jan 24, 2010 at 6:56PM

Hey everyone!!! I am so glad there is a breast cancer awareness group! My mom and grandmother are both survivors and me and my mom have been running Race for the Cure 5Ks for almost 4 years. And I encourage everyone to train and sign up for a race. They are so much and enspiring once you are there. The energy is crazy!!!! Everyone dresses up in PINK and you can walk the entire thing if you like. The Fort Worth Race for the Cure is April 24th, so if you live in Texas please come support the boobs!!!!

I just wanted to let everyone know to watch for a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure commercial on channel 8 WFAA in a couple weeks b/c I had the opportunity to be an extra in the commercial to advertise for the race!!! It was so fun. It will be running until April.

I hope to see everyone there! Thank you for the boob support!

Christina Applegate Is Ready to Fight

Posted By Fitness on Jan 6, 2010 at 4:30AM

When the new guidelines for breast exams came out late last year, I admit that I was surprised. They were announced just as National Breast Cancer Awareness month was ending: women in their 40s should no longer have annual mammograms, and women between the ages of 50-74 should have one exam every other year. The United States Preventive Services Task Force also recommended that doctors stop teaching women how to examine their own breasts.

The panel defended its choice by stating that the harm of early testing far outweighs the benefit. The research it looked over indicated that mammograms produce false-positive results in about 10 of cases, which leads to more tests, anxiety, and unneeded treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. According to the study, early screening did little to prevent breast-cancer-related deaths or mastectomies in younger women.

To hear what breast cancer survivor and actress Christina Applegate thinks of the new testing guidelines, read more

Introduction to Piece Of My Heart Productions!

Posted By MireMolnar on Dec 22, 2009 at 1:41PM

Production company dedicated to creating fun, inspiring and educational media all about breastfeeding and normal birth. For and about moms and babies all over the world! Here is the introduction...

A Bit Saddened

Posted By blondeyy on Oct 7, 2009 at 6:01AM

I have to admit, I am a bit saddened that there is so little activity in this group - especially with it being October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month....




*****My thoughts and prayers to the survivors, the fighters, and the women and men who have left us..............

Blondeyy  :heart:


Breast Cancer Statistics

Posted By blondeyy on Oct 6, 2009 at 5:42AM
  • Breast cancer incidence in women in the United States is 1 in 8 (about 13%).

    In 2008, an estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 67,770 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.


  • About 1,990 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2008. Less than 1% of all new breast cancer cases occur in men.


  • From 2001 to 2004, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by 3.5% per year. One theory is that this decrease was due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study, called the Women’s Health Initiative, were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.


  • About 40,480 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2008 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.


  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer besides lung cancer.


  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women. More than 1 in 4 cancers are breast cancer.


  • Compared to African American women, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer, but less likely to die of it. One possible reason is that African American women tend to have more aggressive tumors, although why this is the case is not known. Women of other ethnic backgrounds — Asian, Hispanic, and Native American — have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer than white women and African American women.


  • As of 2008, there are about 2.5 million women in the U.S. who have survived breast cancer.


  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of breast cancer.



  • About 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by gene mutations inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. Women with these mutations have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, and they often are diagnosed at a younger age (before age 50). An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. Men with a BRCA1 mutation have a 1% risk of developing breast cancer by age 70 and a 6% risk when they have a BRCA2 mutation.


  • About 90% of breast cancers are due not to heredity, but to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general.


  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older). 

  • ******I have been home now since 10:30 yesterday morning.  I am feeling VERY sore, but I have a lot of pain medication.  I have a nice 'nest' set up with my cozy p.j.'s, lots of blankets and my laptop and my dressing changing materials.  So, I am not sure if it is the pain medicine making me so emotional or just the whole ordeal and that it is finally over.  In any case, I wanted to share some of this important information with all of you.  I may not be on very much today - very sleepy.  But, with the pain meds, I may be up to it a little bit.  It helps to keep my mind busy


    Lumpectomy Procedure

    Posted By blondeyy on Oct 6, 2009 at 5:33AM

    ******I have been home now since 10:30 yesterday morning.  I am feeling VERY sore, but I have a lot of pain medication.  I have a nice 'nest' set up with my cozy p.j.'s, lots of blankets and my laptop and my dressing changing materials.  So, I am not sure if it is the pain medicine making me so emotional or just the whole ordeal and that it is finally over.  In any case, I wanted to share some of this important information with all of you.  I may not be on very much today - very sleepy.  But, with the pain meds, I may be up to it.  It helps to keep my mind busy.  I wanted to share this information as I never thought "It could happen to me" and I believe most women think that way, and I want to show that with a positive mind and emotional support and INFORMATION you CAN get through this.  


    Learn what to expect during a lumpectomy, and how to care for yourself during recovery. Be prepared to deal with health insurance, anesthesia, surgical dressings and drains. Learn some tips for self-care during recovery from your lumpectomy.




    Lumpectomy Preserves Your Breast

    Lumpectomy is one type of breast-conserving surgery, and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Your surgeon will remove just the breast lump and a margin of tissue around the lump. You will keep most of your breast, and you will have a scar at the incision site.


    Your Pre-Operative Appointment

    Before your lumpectomy, the hospital or surgical center may ask you to come in for a pre-operative appointment. It's a good idea to take time for this appointment, so you can get most of the paperwork out of the way before surgery, and ask questions that you may have. Bring your insurance card with you and identification such as a driver's license. Be prepared to make a payment to the hospital, or ask them what amount will be due on the day of surgery. Give the nurse a list of your current medications, and be prepared to answer questions about your health history. If you are allergic to particular medications, let them know. You may be asked to sign consent forms for the surgery as well as possible blood transfusions..


    Questions to Ask Before Surgery - Make It Easy on Yourself

    You can ask for pre-medication to prevent nausea and vomiting from the anesthesia, if you think that may be needed. A Scopolamine patch behind your ear can also help prevent nausea. Make sure that your request is noted in your chart. Ask questions about billing –- will the hospital, surgeon, and anesthesiologist bill you separately or inclusively? Will your health insurance be compatible with their services? If your insurance is not accepted by one of those providers, can a compatible provider be found for you? How should you dress on the day of surgery? Should you have a designated driver? Who should you call during recovery, if a problem comes up? Jot down the answers to these questions, so you can be prepared..


    Preparing for a Lumpectomy

    You will be required to avoid food and drink for 8 to 12 hours before surgery. When you arrive for surgery, you will check in and begin preparations. You will change into a hospital gown, and your own clothes will be stored. A nurse will take your vital signs. In some cases, your skin may be marked to indicate where the incision should be started. Your anesthesiologist will meet with you and talk about what anesthetic will be used, and you may be given pills (or a patch) to help prevent nausea. A nurse will start an intravenous line (IV) for fluids and anesthesia. The IV needle will be inserted in your hand or arm, and taped into place..


    Related Procedures Before Lumpectomy

    If your surgeon wants to check your lymph nodes during your lumpectomy, you will need to have lymphoscintigraphy in preparation for a sentinel lymph node biopsy. And if your breast lump is too small to be easily felt, a wire localization procedure may be done to help your surgeon locate and remove the lump.


    During Your Lumpectomy

    Most lumpectomies are done while you are under general anesthesia (asleep). Once the anesthesia is started, your surgeon will make the incision using a special heated scalpel. The heated scalpel cauterizes your tissue and helps prevent bleeding during your surgery. Your incision will be curved, following the natural contour of your breast, to allow it to heal properly. The breast lump will be removed along with a margin of tissue. The cancerous tissue is then sent to the pathology lab for examination. If needed, a surgical drain will be placed to help remove fluid that collects in your surgical site. Your incision will be closed with stitches or staples, and dressed (bandaged) to keep it clean, and apply pressure to the wound..


    Recovery After Your Lumpectomy

    While you are still under the effects of anesthesia, you will be moved to the Recovery room, where your vital signs will be monitored. Since a lumpectomy is usually done as an outpatient procedure, you will be given instructions on self-care, and allowed to return home. If you need special attention after the surgery, or if you've had other procedures done as well, you may be moved to a hospital room for the night..


    Rest and Mend at Home

    If you have been given pain medication, and feel the need for it, take it as directed. The pain will lessen, and soon you won't need the extra pills. Keep your bandages clean and dry. If required, wear a sports bra over the bandages, to maintain pressure over the incision. Follow your directions in caring for your surgical drain, if you have one. Rest while you are recovering, and plan on having someone do the lifting and driving for you until you feel back to normal. When your surgeon says its okay, start doing arm exercise to prevent arm and shoulder stiffness. Keep your follow-up appointments.


    Re-Excision Ensures Clear Surgical Margins

    After your lumpectomy, if the pathology report states that your lump has cancer cells in the margin of tissue around it, your surgeon may need to remove a bit more tissue. This is done to ensure that all of the cancer has been removed, and your risk of recurrence is lowered. This is a separate surgical procedure for removing extra marginal tissue, and it is called re-excision. If the re-excision will make your breast significantly smaller or undesirably shaped, your surgeon may ask if you would prefer a mastectomy, and possibly reconstruction.


    American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer. Surgery for Breast Cancer. Revised: 09/13/2007




    10 to do's for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Posted By GrandEntrance on Sep 26, 2009 at 1:19AM
    1. Learn more about a "smart bra," this device incorporates a series of microwave antennae to detect temperature changes in the breast that point to early stage breast cancer..
    2. Breast Cancer Awareness Month: free exams for those who qualify.If you are a woman age 40 and older, uninsured, with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, you may qualify for this program.Call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM for more information.
    3. Host a Breast Cancer Fundraising Event, like a walk,run,or bike in your neighborhood
    4. Purchase pink ribbon pins, keychains, t-shirts or other related items and give to your co-workers,friends,family and neighbors as a support reminder.
    5. Visit a Breast Cancer Survivors Group and show your support for them. Search for "Breast Cancer Survivors" in your area. Or read survivor stories online
    6. For the Month of October,2009 use Pink Ribbons Graphics, in your emails, letters, etc.,
    7. Educate yourself . Period
    8. Wear a Pink Outfit . .

    >> continued to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month