ALIV Engages for Breast Cancer Awareness Month — BAHAMAS

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 5, 2018

Breast cancer is a unsafe and scary occurrence that shouldn't be limited to a single month of the year.

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women (lung cancer is the first).

Eating processed meat, such as sausage, ham, and bacon, but not red meat, on a regular basis is associated with a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, a review study suggests.

But for women at very low risk there are widespread concerns that mammograms do more harm than good.

They frequently identify tumours which don't pose a threat and would remain undetected in the absence of screening.

"If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option".

Looking at other breast cancer risk factors, such as menopausal or hormone receptor status, or distinct activity levels of an enzyme thought to protect against the carcinogenic effects of meat, the team only found a significant link between higher consumption of processed meat and a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause, but not before menopause. We chose to focus on African American women because they are more likely to die from breast cancer than all other women in the U.S. We analyzed interviews with African American women with breast cancer who were previously enrolled in the "placebo group" of a NCI-funded intervention study entitled, "STORY (Sisters Tell Others and Revive Yourself)".

"Personalised breast screening is the way ahead and has the potential to significantly reduce breast cancer deaths", said researcher Tony Howells, professor of breast cancer at Manchester University.

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Each month these meetings provide information on some aspect of breast cancer or women's health. "Heather and the High-Risk Breast Cancer Program do that".

The findings are published in JAMA Oncology Journal.

To mark its closing, the iconic Apia town clock was repainted back to its original white colour, and 20 pink balloons were released to signify 20 years since the establishment of the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), but especially in honor of lives lost or living with cancer and supporters of cancer awareness.

"We are really grateful for this donation", said Brown, who accepted the cheque on the organisation's behalf.

Nkhweng did so, and was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Cancer in May 2008 which led to the removal of her breast.

The new test centres on a DNA analysis based on a saliva sample, which analyses 18 genes known to influence breast cancer risk. "It was an important piece of my medical family history".

Finally, a mammogram is taken to establish breast density - with denser tissue posing a considerably higher risk. What this means for those who want to support breast cancer survivors is that family and friends should be open to giving different types of support, as suggested by the American Cancer Society and Komen Foundation, such as listening when they want to talk about how they feel, or driving them to a doctor's appointment.

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