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5 Things I Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

By Tori Carruth

Tori is currently a Senior at Sam Houston State University and a contributing editor of the iGoPink Blog.

Tori College Student Breast Cancer

  1. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a college student, term papers, socials, and the ever-growing number of e-mails in my inbox consume my thoughts. Our generation has the mentality that “it won’t happen to me,” but that’s naïve of us. A 22-year-old woman named Kayla Falcon was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer last year. 22! Her main focus should have been on graduating college or landing her dream job, not on fighting for her life. No matter how young or old, it CAN happen to you.
  1. A healthy lifestyle can help. Eating well balanced and nutritious meals (you mean I can’t live off Cheetos?) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (walking from my dorm to my car doesn’t count I suppose) could lower your risk of not only breast cancer, but other chronic diseases, too. Physical activity is actually shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer. So get on your bike instead of driving to campus and you have a great cardio session done, plus you don’t have to spend 30 minutes looking for a parking spot- SCORE!
  1. Environmental factors are real (my Health professors were right). I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve listened (i.e. pretended to listen, but actually Pinterested) to a lecture over “environmental factors.” I didn’t understand the significance until recently, though. A few environmental factors with consistent evidence showing a link with an increased risk of breast cancer are: the use of hormone therapies containing estrogen and progestin, exposure to ionizing radiation, being overweight, and drinking alcohol. So let’s break that down- birth control contains those estrogen hormones, and the ionizing radiation could be things like getting a CT scan. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to turn 21, and the risk of alcohol is a new (and scary) thing for me.
  1. Prevention saves lives! There are so many diseases that could be prevented if necessary steps were taken, and while breast cancer isn’t totally preventable, you can absolutely reduce your risk. While it seems odd to get a mammogram at the age of 21, it’s important to realize that according to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress review group, around 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Breast cancer accounts for about 15% of all diagnoses in that group- that’s over 10,000 YOUNG women with breast cancer. So go get yourself checked, girl! Even something as simple as a quick self-exam in the shower can save your life.
  1. A lump doesn’t always mean cancer. So let’s say while you were self-examining you found a lump. Your first thought is probably something along the lines of “OMG!OMG!OMG!,” or at least mine would be… But don’t freak out yet! This is definitely a good reason to visit your doctor, but 80% of lumps are benign, meaning they aren’t cancerous and are usually harmless. Keep checking yourself, but no panic attacks quite yet, y’all!

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The Pink 5K Returns To The Woodlands

Pink 5K The Woodlands Early Bird Registration

The Woodlands, Texas February 24, 2015:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is excited to announce the return of “The Pink 5K” to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Creekside Park.

“This year the race is on Mother’s Day weekend….we can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating your mom than honoring her by participating in The Pink 5k!” said Erica Tullis, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am. Last year The Pink 5k was a sell out event and the team expects the same for 2015.

Early bird registration is now open online at www.ThePink5k.com through March 31, participants can register for only $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Starting April 1, registration will raise to $35 for adults.

Proceeds from the event go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and survive brast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain. For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at (936)231-8460 or Info@iGoPink.org

Pink 5k Early Bird Registration

About the Breast Cancer Charities of America:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is the leader in integrated cancer care, combining body, mind and spirit to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Through program services, BCCA’s goal is to educate, teach and provide the latest information about integrated care, cancer prevention, recovery, treatment, early detection and survival.

Breast Cancer Awareness – How To Spot Breast Cancer Symptoms

Women must always be cautious and watchful of any changes in their breasts which may signal a malignancy. Here are some of the lesser known symptoms of breast cancer to check for.
 

 
We inspire hope. We nurture healing. We renew life. For more information on what we do, visit www.thebreastcancercharities.org/what-we-do

Breast Cancer Help – Tips To Comfort Someone With Cancer

Learning about a cancer diagnosis can be one of the toughest moments in a person’s life. Trying to help and comfort that person can prove to be almost as difficult. Here are some of the things you can do to help keep a cancer patient at peace.
 
Let them know and feel you’re with them. You can help cancer patients. Call us at (936) 231-8460 for your donations. Or volunteer for BCCA! www.thebreastcancercharities.org/volunteer

Breast Cancer Help USA – Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention

The following foods, in particular, may offer nutrients that promote better breast health and boost your immune system.

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Download our Healthy Eating Grocery List here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BCCA-GROCERY-LIST.pdf to help you at the store!

Breast Cancer Awareness – Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer You Cannot Change

Some risk factors have a bigger effect than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time because of aging or lifestyle changes.

Do not let breast cancer bring you down. There are ways to prevent Breast Cancer. Visit our website now www.iGoPink.org for more information and help us help women in need.

Breast Cancer Awareness – Ways To Keep Breast Cancer Out Of Your Future

No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America. We are the new voice of breast cancer. Support breast cancer patients, donate now igopink.webconnex.com/donate

Breast Cancer Help – Ways To Support Someone With Breast Cancer

How are you supposed to know, instantly, how to be supportive to a woman going through something this terrifying? Here are some ways.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer! Visit us here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/what-we-do

Facts About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Here are some facts about breast cancer you must know.

Let us support cancer patients. Visit our website for more information on how you can help www.thebreastcancercharities.org or call us at (936) 231-8460 for your questions.

Breast Cancer Facts You May Not Know

In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death among women of all races and ethnicities. Yet many people are still unaware of their risk — and of which factors or lifestyle choices are most significant.

Are you going through breast cancer or have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and need some hope and inspiration to keep you going on the right track to health and wellness? Visit us here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/breast-cancer