BCCA Selected as an Official Charity for the San Francisco Marathon!

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BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s (BCCA) Team iGoPink is racing to raise money for research, The University Education Program, a program to raise awareness about breast cancer and prevention for college aged students; and The Help Now Fund, an emergency financial assistance program that helps those who have breast cancer with past due rent and utilities.

The San Francisco Marathon is BCCA’s first Team iGoPink challenge. Join Team iGoPink and make a difference today!

Are you ready for the challenge?

To join Team iGoPink or donate to our team, please visit:http://www.crowdrise.com/teamigopinksfmarathon/fundraiser/breastcancercharitie

Stretching 101

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Wellness Wednesday
Stretching 101

How many times have you heard the advice “Don’t forget to stretch?” But when it comes to stretching, there are so many mixed messages from when you’re supposed to do it (before exercise? after? before and after?), to how long to hold a stretch, to the best ways to do it, to why to do it in the first place. Here’s a primer to help you get to the bottom of all those claims and unanswered questions.

Why stretch?

A systematic review of studies that addressed the impact of stretching on sports injury risk published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise notes that the jury is still out on whether or not stretching can prevent injury among competitive or recreational athletes. However, flexibility exercises when done after a workout or at least after a brief cardio warm-up do help to maintain circulation around the joints, keeping muscles healthy where they’re most apt to get injured.

Stretching allows the body to move more efficiently and perform at its peak. During the course of a workout, muscles begin to shorten as they fatigue. This impedes your ability to generate speed and power and leads to a less efficient, shorter, more shuffling stride. Stretching keeps muscles elongated, reducing this tendency.

It can make you stronger. Some research shows that stretching the muscle group you just worked between sets can increase strength gains by 19 percent.

It’s an incredibly soothing way to connect your mind and body, and it simply feels great!


Tasty Tuesday!

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Today is Tasty Tuesday!

Usually we post a recipe for Tuesday’s, but today we wanted to show you something new.

Come see how BCCA is teaming up with Baking for Good!

Men can get breast cancer too!

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When you think of breast cancer, automatically images of women (some you may know personally) enter your mind. However, this disease does not discriminate amongst race or even sex. Although women have a 1 to8 chance of getting breast cancer at some time in their life, men are less likely to seek treatment and therefore, it can be fatal.  Often times men are embarrassed to be screened for breast cancer. Also, in men there is less breast tissue and it is more likely to spread. For this reason, it is important for men to report any lump that they discover.

Dr. Vaughan practices with SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group. “People are sometimes surprised to learn that men have breast tissue,” Dr. Vaughan continues. “Women develop more breast tissue and milk ducts during puberty, however men also have breast ducts, and ductal carcinoma – malignancy of the ducts – is the most common form of male breast cancer.”

The BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 gene mutation is thought to be responsible for breast cancer in men, as well as, women & prostate cancer in men. Other risk factors include age, heavy alcohol consumption, estrogen exposure, family history, liver disease, radiation treatments to the chest and obesity.

Men who are diagnosed will usually undergo a Masectomy to remove the cancerous tissue. Surgery, chemotherapy or hormone therapy may follow.

The Move of the Day: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!

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Fitness Friday

The Move of the Day: Say Goodbye to Back Pain!

Stiff hips (sometimes the result of sitting all day) can contribute to lower back pain. That’s why it’s important to loosen them up with stretches like today’s MOTD. This feels great! TGIF

The Move: The Pretzel

What You Need: A small space on the floor

How to Do It: Sit on the floor with legs criss-crossed over one another, left leg on top. Pull abs in, walk hands out in front as far as you comfortably can. Be sure to keep spine long and glutes planted on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Walk hands back. Switch top leg and repeat.


by Erin Kurdyla


Looking For A Light Snack?

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Looking for a light snack today?

Berry Parfait

From: Fitness

For this sweet snack, layer yogurt, granola, almonds and honey and top with fresh berries. It’s also fantastic for dessert.

  • 1/2 cup  low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup  low-fat granola
  • 1 teaspoon  slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon  honey
  • 1/2 cup  berries
1. Top 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup low-fat granola, 1 teaspoon slivered almonds, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 cup berries.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 303, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Sodium 112 mg, Carbohydrate 52 g, Fiber 6 g, Protein 15 g.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

A Great Pink Treat!

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Raspberry Frozen Yogurt


  • 2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen raspberries in light syrup, thawed
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)


  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Place thawed raspberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain puree through a fine sieve over a bowl. Discard seeds. Add puree to yogurt mixture.
  • Pour raspberry mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired.

Nicole Baker, Cooking Light


The Key To A Better Complexion

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The Key to a Better Complexion: Know Your Skin Type

Find out how to keep your face smooth, clear, and radiant, no matter what your age or skin type.

Spa Fix: Maintain the good skin you already have and get a fresh glow. Kate Somerville, L.A. facialist to Jessica Alba, suggests an exfoliation treatment that combines a physical scrub and a chemical peel, followed by intense hydration. If you don’t need them, don’t let your facialist do extractions, which can lead to blotchiness or marks.

Best Regimen: Commit to a daily routine. Doing this wards off future problems. “Start simple: a gentle cleanser and sunscreen,” says New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler. Try Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($7.10) and L’Oréal Paris Active Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15 ($17.99). At night, use a repairing moisturizer. Try Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (left, $7.99).

Star Product: Vichy Aqualia Antiox Fresh Serum ($45). Ready for an extra step? Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch suggests applying an antioxidant serum before your sunscreen. This one (activated with powder) helps protect stem cells from oxidative stress, which means fewer signs of aging.

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Spa Fix: Facials can be too irritating for sensitive skin. But if you want to deal with dullness, Olga Lorencin-Northrup, founder of L.A.’s Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa, suggests you go for a gentle, customized, glow-boosting treatment without exfoliation. Porcelain-skinned star January Jones stops by Kinara before she hits the red carpet.

Best Regimen: New York and Miami dermatologist Fredric Brandt recommends avoiding sodium lauryl sulfates and artificial fragrances. Use a mild cleanser, like Dior Gentle Cleansing Milk (left, $32), then a physical-block sunscreen. Try Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 ($15). Moisturize A.M. and P.M. with a soothing lotion like Estée Lauder Vérité Moisture Relief Cream ($50).

Star Product: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Anti-Redness Moisturizer ($34.90). Look for a lotion with calming ingredients like thermal spring water, green tea, licorice, or feverfew, which all help minimize even the most severe rosacea, swelling, and irritation.

Related: How Celebs Actually Get Flawless Skin



Spa Fix: Opt for a facial with moisturizing masks or a hyaluronic-acid treatment. Somerville’s Dermal Quench infuses the skin with serum to give you a glow that lasts for days. New York facialist Christine Chin, who counts Rachel Weisz as a client, also recommends monthly microdermabrasion. “Your skin will look five years younger,” she promises.

Best Regimen: In the morning, use a gentle cleanser, like Dr. Brandt Time Arrest Crème Cleanser ($50), and apply an SPF with antioxidants to prevent collagen breakdown. Try Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Lotion ($45). At night, use an antiwrinkle serum. Try Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum (left, $92), which contains collagen-stimulating bioactive peptides.

Star Product: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler (left, $18.99). Retinols smooth lines, even skin tone, and fade age spots. “In six months, you’ll be amazed,” says Wechsler. Also try Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid ($79).

Related: The Best Beauty Gifts for the Holidays

Spa Fix: Get a monthly facial with extractions. This can make a world of difference for acne sufferers. Getting rid of congestion before it comes to the surface can prevent future breakouts. Exfoliation is key, but consult your skin pro on what is best for you. Chin, who cares for Zoë Saldana’s complexion, warns, “Microdermabrasion can actually make acne spread.”

Best Regimen: Twice a day, use a mild cleanser. Overwashing and harsh astringents strip the skin and exacerbate “rebound oil.” During the day, apply a mattifying SPF. Try SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($30). At night, use a retinoid, which will stop breakouts before they happen. “[Prescription-only] Differin is the least irritating,” says Brandt.

Star Product: Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover Glycolic Peel Kit ($24.99). Wechsler says that if used at night, glycolic acid will help control oil all day. The kit starts with a glycolic-acid-soaked pad to exfoliate, followed by a soothing pad that calms skin.

Inspirational Quotes from famous people about Cancer

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The moment my doctor told me, I went silent. My mum and dad were with me. Then we all fell to pieces.
Kylie Minogue
On being diagnosed with breast cancer

I feel more inspired than ever, and think that I will finally achieve what I have long been wishing for: a balance of work and privacy – a harmony.
Kylie Minogue
On getting through battle against cancer

It has been an extraordinary experience and, in many ways, extremely positive.
Marianne Faithful
On her successful recovery from breast cancer

My mum [who has breast cancer] is a fighter. I’ve got that from her, I know she’s a fighter.
Naomi Campbell

Breast cancer deaths in America have been declining for more than a decade. Much of that success is due to early detection and better treatments for women. I strongly encourage women to get a mammogram.
Larry Craig

My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.
Olivia Newton John

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
Lance Armstrong

Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.
Ingrid Bergman

Cancer victims who don’t accept their fate, who don’t learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left.
Ingrid Bergman

Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene — in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.
Susan Sontag

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
John Diamond

During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous.
Melissa Bank

We “need” cancer because, by the very fact of its incurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer.
Gilbert Adair
“Under the Sign of Cancer,” Myths and Memories, 1986

One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps.
Georg Groddeck
The Book of the It, 1923

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
Christopher Reeve

My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats.
John Cheever
In The Letters of John Cheever, 1989, concerning his cancer and its treatment