Whether it’s a perfectly healthy woman volunteering for a biopsy, an 8-year-old girl allowing her habits to be tracked or Hollywood shining its bright lights on gene testing, the fight to crack the deadly code of breast cancer is leaving no stone unturned. Check out these stories appearing in a special tab in the Sunday, Oct. 27 edition of the Daily Record/Sunday News.
Support group created for young breast cancer survivors
Organizers of the York Young Survival Coalition Face 2 Face Networking said younger women who have breast cancer need different support than older women who also have the disease. York Hospital system’s oncology registry lists 260 local young women who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer from 2005 to 2013. Read the story here.
Tattoo artist’s handiwork helps women feel ‘whole again’
Mastectomies are brutal, disfiguring surgeries. And while breast reconstruction has improved, fewer than 1 in 4 women with insurance choose to have it done. It often requires multiple surgeries, carries the risk of infection and ends with varied results. But Vinnie Myers’ 3-D nipple tattoos have refined — some say redefined — breast cancer reconstruction. Read the story here.
Postpartum cancers carry higher risks for young women
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 232,340 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer annually. Of those, about 27,000 are women 45 and under, or about 12 percent, and approximately half of those women are postpartum, defined as being within five years of having given birth. Read the story here.
How an 8-year-old girl could help cure breast cancer
Funded by the U.S. National Institutes for Health, the “Legacy” study represents a shift in the focus of cancer research from diagnosis and treatment to prevention. And it’s one of the few involving girls so young, between ages 6 and 13. Traditionally, researchers have focused on older women, but increasingly risk factors are being traced back to our early years. Read the story here.
‘Decoding Annie Parker’ shines light on genetics
Faulty BRCA genes are relatively rare in the overall population, accounting for about 10 percent of all breast cancers and 15 percent of all ovarian cancers, but a new film, “Decoding Annie Parker,” tells the story of the ground-breaking research that led to the identification of the BRCA gene mutation. Read the story here.
Cooking for friends with cancer: Skip the comfort food
Unless they’ve been a cancer patient or a caregiver, most people don’t know that different kinds of cancer, and different cancer treatments, alter the way bodies process food. Instead of choosing cheesy casseroles and other comfort foods, go for fresh organic produce and raw foods — organic is best when possible. Read the story here.
Living life after breast cancer treatment: Now what?
When people are diagnosed with breast cancer, many patients — and their families and friends — focus on getting through the treatment that must follow and ultimately beating the illness. However, experts say the journey doesn’t end there. Survivors often face new challenges when they transition back to life after cancer. Read the story here.