A Great Pink Treat!

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Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

  • 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
SEPTEMBER 2007

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Think Pink Tip of the Week: Breast Cancer in Men

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When people think about the term “breast cancer” many times they associate it with women. Although women are ten times more likely to get breast cancer than men, there are still cases in which men contract breast cancer.  The most obvious difference in women and men is the size of the breast tissue. Men have less breast tissue and therefore it is much easier to diagnose a lump in a man’s breast. However, men are much less aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and are therefore less likely to seek help. Also, because men do not have much breast tissue, the cancer does not have to grow very far to reach the skin covering the breast or the muscles underneath. This allows the cancer to often times spread beyond the breast. Because mammograms are part of a woman’s wellness exam, women are often checked for breast cancer more often. Men, on the other hand, are often embarrassed to ask for these tests because they are associated with feminity. Sometimes genetic testing can also check for breast cancer in men by finding out if they carry the BRCA mutation gene. If they have a family history of cancer, this can be helpful in finding out if the cancer gene is present. Nevertheless, these tests can be expensive and should not be performed if there is no reason for suspicion. The most important thing to remember is that if you are a man or you know a man who is afraid to go see a doctor after finding a lump, please seek medical help. You will find out that there are more men out there with the same problem. There is no reason to be ashamed of the diagnosis. It is much more important that you stay alive!



Think Pink Tip of the Week: Advice for women regarding breast cancer

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After shepherding her mother through breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Tracy Halme has this advice for women:

— Women at high risk for breast cancer (due to factors such as family history and genetic predisposition) should be screened annually with mammography and MRI imaging, which is more expensive but also a more sensitive test. If you have a mother or sister who had breast cancer, you should begin screening 10 years before their age of diagnosis.

— The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most cases are diagnosed in women over 50, causing some experts to say that if a woman has no other risk factors, annual mammograms aren’t needed until that age. Halme and other experts, including the American Cancer Society, however, strongly recommend annual mammograms for all women beginning at age 40.

— If you’ve lost your job or health benefits, check with your screening center to see if they can provide a free or low-cost mammogram. “We’ve seen this a lot in the last year. There are sometimes county funds or grants available to cover the cost. It’s worth a call,” Halme says.

— Don’t assume you’re going to lose your hair. Halme says, “As long as the tumor isn’t aggressive, most postmenopausal women like my mother won’t need chemotherapy or radiation.”
By: St. Petersburg Times
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Craft ideas: How to make a cotton Angel ornament

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ArchHost shares these directions for making an adorable angel out of cotton right off of the plant!

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton Off the Stalk                                                                                                    
  • Cotton Leaves
  • Cotton Buds
  • Large Bead for Head
  • Ribbon
  • Doll Hair
  • Fake Gold Ring Band
  • Hot Glue and Gun

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cotton off the stalk (I live in NC and we have it growing everywhere). 
  2. Around the top of it, find some leaves for the wings, and some of the buds for the arms. You have to be creative here, and just play around with it. I think all of mine turned out different with this part. 
  3. I used pearl balls for the head. I got these at Michael’s and they were on a stalk. There were about 24 on the stalk for 69 cents. Can you say cheap project? 
  4. I added different color ribbon under the head. Gold and silver are very pretty. 
  5. I added curly doll hair to the top with hot glue. And I added a gold halo (those cheap gold wedding rings in the wedding section at Michaels). 
  6. Finally, I added a hanger on the back the same color of ribbon as under the chin area.


Ideas to Go Pink for Halloween

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Halloween is just a few days away and what better way to celebrate it and Breast Cancer Month at the same time.

1) Throw a Pink Pumpkin Party.  Mix up some cosmos and invite over your closest friends. You can bake strawberry cupcakes and decorate them with ghost & pumpkins in pink frosting.  Serve your favorite finger foods & turn on some scary background music. Don’t forget the pink balloons and pumpkins decorated in pink. If the party is large enough, you can hold a raffle to raise money for BCCA and have a prize for the winner such as a bottle of wine wrapped in a pink ribbon or a Giftcard.

2.) Have a Pink Pumpkin carving Contest in your neighborhood and ask all the kids to participate.  Tell them to be creative and use their imagination. Bring glitter,feathers,jewels,hats, ect. You can ask everyone to chip on the cost of supplies and maybe raise some extra money to donate for the cause.

3) Wear a Pink Costume. Just because it is Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t wear pink. For example, you can go as a pink cowgirl, or wear your traditional costume with a pink wig. Be as creative as you can.



Think Pink Tip of the Week: Exercise, Diet May Benefit Patients Receiving Cancer Treatments

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By Steven Marsh • May 24th, 2010 • Category: Energy, Health News, Health Resources News

Patients who exercise daily and eat a proper diet while receiving treatments for breast and prostate cancer may improve their overall health, according to a study that will be presented at this year’s annual meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A team of researchers enrolled a total of 50 participants into the trial, which included 30 female breast cancer patients and 20 male patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The participants were aged 35 to 80 years, and were either currently receiving cancer treatment or treatment-free for one year.

Following health screenings at the start of the study, each patient was recommended a specific exercise and diet plan that was based on their weight, overall health as well as what time of cancer treatment they were receiving.

The results of the trial showed that patients who were receiving treatment and following appropriate diet and exercise habits were less fatigued and didn’t experience as many side effects caused by the cancer treatments.

Eleanor M. Walker, division director of breast services at Henry Ford Hospital, stated that “using exercise as an approach to cancer care has the potential to benefit patients both physically and psychologically, as well as mitigate treatment side effects.”

In 2009, more than 560,000 patients in the U.S. died from cancer, the American Cancer Association reports.

By:http://www.betterhealthresearch.com



Think Pink Tip of the Week: Walnuts In Your Diet Help With Breast Cancer Prevention.

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Walnuts aren’t just a good snack – they should become part of your anti-cancer diet. Researchers now think that having two ounces of walnuts every day may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. But walnuts have even more health benefits to tempt you.

Walnuts Pack a Nutritional Wallop
Dr. Elaine Hardman, at the Marshall University School of Medicine has studied walnuts for 15 years. Dr. Hardman says that walnuts contain at least three nutrients that account for their anti-cancer activity. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols appear to be the most important components of the walnut’s anti-cancer arsenal. Walnuts also contain other healthy nutrients such as natural melatonin, dietary fiber, and plant protein.
Omega-3s and Breast Cancer
While doing a lab study on mice with breast tumors, Dr. Hardman found that when the mice ate walnuts as part of their daily diet, the mice were less likely to develop breast tumors, and those that did had smaller, slower-growing tumors. Even though omega-3 fatty acids are known to have great effects on tumor growth, she thinks that omega-3s can’t be isolated from walnuts, and have the same powerful effect. “It’s probably different components working together to provide the benefit,” said Dr. Hardman.
Roasted, Toasted, or Raw?
While we often eat walnuts that are roasted, Dr. Hardman worked with raw walnuts. So what about those walnuts that you put in your brownies? Does cooking walnuts decrease their health benefits? Dr. Hardman speculated, “My best guess is that light toasting is okay, this would not be long enough to break down the fat and change the benefit compared to what I did. As for longer cooking, I just don’t know – it is possible that some of the components would be even more effective after cooking (for example, the lycopene in tomato is more active after cooking than in a raw tomato) or they could be degraded, or no difference. That is another study.”
Don’t Deconstruct Your Walnuts
So although walnut oil might be good for you when added to salad dressing or baked goods, the oil alone would not be sufficient to prevent or fight breast cancer. During the research study, the walnut oil by itself was not tested. However, Dr Hardman says that, “The oil would contain the omega-3 fat and lipid soluble components but would be missing other components that would be retained in the pulp.” She doesn’t recommend taking nutritional supplements instead of eating the natural foods. “When we start trying to take the foods apart, we rarely see the kind of [cancer-preventative] effect we get from a whole food.”

Fats, Inflammation, and Cancer
Not all dietary fats are the same – some are even good for you. The omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts, fish, soy, and flaxseed can reduce your LDL cholesterol levels, lower your blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. Research about inflammation and cancer incidence is ongoing, but it appears that inflammation can influence the development of cancer. Preventing or reducing inflammation may suppress cancer growth. Omega-6 fatty acids can increase inflammation and cell proliferation, if consumed habitually in excessive amounts. Omega-6s occur in vegetable oils, meats and eggs – all too common in Western diets. Both types of fatty acids are essential for good health, but should be kept in balance.

Walnuts Are Part of Your Anticancer Action Plan
“Epidemiology data indicates that a healthy diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fish and containing little red meat or added fat would help lower the risk for many types of cancer including breast cancer,” Dr. Hardman reminds us. How much of an impact does a healthy diet have? “30 to 70 percent of cancers are probably preventable with lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Hardman, although experts vary in their opinions. To get the best anticancer action plan going for your life, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco and alcohol, do regular exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t skip your annual mammogram, and remember to do your monthly breast self-exam.

Breast Cancer Prevention May Be In a Nutshell, Says Dr. Elaine Hardman
By Pam Stephan, About.com Guide

Provided by: http://breastcancer.about.com



Think Pink Tip of the Week.. New Clues to Treating an Aggressive Breast Cancer

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Findings may lead to earlier detection and personalized therapy, researchers say.
TUESDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) –A specific grouping of three markers on the surface of breast cancer cells has been linked to a particularly aggressive, but relatively rare form of cancer called “estrogen receptor-negative” cancer, new research reveals.

The finding is considered to be preliminary but the identification of these markers — labelled XIC — could be important because this form of cancer is particularly difficult to treat, the study team notes.

“We are excited but cautious at the prospect that the presence of the XIC markers on [these types of] breast cancer cells may present a selective target for early detection imaging and for personalized therapy,” Barbara K. Vonderhaar, scientist emeritus of the Mammary Biology and Tumorigenesis Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, explained in a news release.

Vonderhaar and her colleagues report the finding in the May 18th online issue of Cancer Research.

No specific therapies exist that can directly target this type of tumor, the authors note. That means the only means of treatment currently available is generalized chemotherapy, which can kill healthy cells as well as tumor cells and thereby render the option intolerable for some patients.

Vonderhaar and her colleagues were able to isolate the XIC marker cells by testing human breast cancer cells taken from four different patients. They observed that such cells had the ability to form tumors after being injected into the mammary glands of immune-compromised mice.

The research team found that estrogen receptor-negative cancer was present when the three particular markers they uncovered were all present simultaneously.

Down the road, the authors hope to determine whether or not the same XIC marker combination might also similarly identify the more easily treatable estrogen receptor-positive form of breast cancer.

More information

For more on breast cancer, visit Breast Cancer.org.

— Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Cancer Research, May 14, 2010, news release

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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Think Pink tip of the Week: Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer

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Study in mice suggests that component keeps stem cells from generating new tumors.
THURSDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) — Eating broccoli just might have benefits in the fight against breast cancer.

At least in mice, a compound derived from broccoli appears to be able to kill breast cancer stem cells, which help tumors grow, according to a new study. But it’s too soon to know if the compound would work in people. And the amount tested is larger than the amount people could consume in their diet.

The compound, known as sulforaphane, “has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells,” study co-author Duxin Sun, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

The researchers administered sulforaphane to mice with breast cancer and monitored the number of cancer stem cells in their tumors. They found that the treated mice had fewer of the cells and that they couldn’t generate new tumors. Tests on human breast cancer cells in the laboratory resulted in similar decreases in cancer stem cells, they reported.

“This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells,” Dr. Max S. Wicha, an oncology professor and director of the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and also a study co-author, said in the news release. “Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes.”

The study was published May 1 in Clinical Cancer Research.

More information

Visit the American Cancer Society for more about breast cancer.

— Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: University of Michigan, press release, May 3, 2010

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Think Pink Tip of the Week…Exercise and Breast-cancer Prevention:Study Finds It’s Never Too Late to Start, and the Activity Need Not Be Strenuous

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SEATTLE — Sept. 9, 2003 — Increased physical activity, even when begun later in life, reduces overall breast-cancer risk by 20 percent among women at all levels of risk for the disease, according to a study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Their findings appear in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What’s more, the activity need not be strenuous but it should be done consistently, such as taking a brisk, 30-minute walk five days a week, said lead investigator Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., a member of Fred Hutchinson’s Public Health Sciences Division and director of the center’s Prevention Center.

“We thought it was important to determine if moderate-intensity physical activities, such as walking, biking outdoors or easy swimming, when initiated later in life, can reduce the risk of breast cancer, since these types of activities are achievable for most women,” said McTiernan, who is also the lead author of “Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer” (St. Martin’s/Griffin Trade Paperback).

“Our results suggest that indeed, moderate activity, even when started in a woman’s postmenopausal years, can cut her risk of breast cancer by about 20 percent, suggesting that physical inactivity may be a modifiable breast-cancer risk factor in older women.” In addition, the researchers found that regular exercise also causes a similar reduction in overall breast-cancer incidence among women considered to be at highest risk for the disease, such as those with a strong family history of breast cancer, those who’ve never had children and those who take combination estrogen/progestin hormone-replacement therapy.

“The good news is that even though HRT increases the risk of breast cancer, exercise is something women can do to lower this risk if they choose to continue taking HRT to manage the symptoms of menopause or to prevent osteoporosis,” McTiernan said.

McTiernan and colleagues also found that the less a woman weighs, the more regular, moderate exercise appears to have a protective effect. Women of low to normal weight — and even those who were moderately overweight — who exercised the equivalent of 10 hours of walking each week experienced breast-cancer risk reductions of more than 30 percent. Breast-cancer risk didn’t budge, however, among women exercisers who were significantly overweight or obese.

The weight status of the participants was determined by calculating their body-mass index, or BMI, a measure of body fat based on height and weight. The World Health Organization divides BMI into the following categories for both men and women: underweight (18.5 or lower), normal (18.5 to 24.9), overweight (25 to 29.9) and obese (30 or greater). A BMI calculator is available on the National Institutes of Health Web site at http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.

“This finding certainly shouldn’t be an exercise disincentive for obese women,” McTiernan cautioned. “There are many benefits for women of any weight to start exercising, like reducing their risk of heart disease and diabetes. But in terms of breast-cancer risk, obese women will see most benefit once they start getting their weight down.”

Weight plays a role in breast cancer, researchers believe, because fatty tissue produces hormones and growth factors, such as estrogen and insulin, which may promote cancer development.

“We think that exercise works to lower cancer risk by lowering body fat, which in turn lowers the levels of circulating cancer-promoting hormones. So even if a woman is exercising, if she’s overeating and her body fat stays high, she’s not going to get the same cancer-fighting protection as a woman with less body fat.”

The best fat-burning formula involves low- to moderate-intensity exercise that is done over a longer period as opposed to short, intense bursts of activity, McTiernan said. “The bottom line is that duration of activity is more important than intensity. The turtle beats the hare when it comes to preventing breast cancer through exercise.”

To get the optimum breast-cancer protection, women should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day, five days a week, she said, stressing that sedentary women should start gradually and work their way up to the recommended minimum activity level.

“For most, walking is probably going to be the easiest thing to do because it doesn’t require training or special equipment, just a good pair of shoes. The main thing is for women to just get out there and do it, and make it something they enjoy,” said McTiernan, also a research professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Investigators from the University of Washington, University of South Carolina, Howard University, University of Massachusetts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborated on the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study involved an ethnically and racially diverse group of more than 74,000 postmenopausal women nationwide; 15 percent of participants were minorities. In comparing whites and African-Americans, the study’s two largest racial groups, the researchers found both groups benefited equally regarding the impact of exercise on breast-cancer prevention.

The study participants were part of the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, an arm of WHI that is following women over time to identify predictors of disease. The women were tracked for nearly five years to examine the association between current and past recreational physical activity and the incidence of breast cancer.

The women, recruited through 40 WHI clinic sites nationwide, were surveyed about their exercise history at ages 18, 35 and 50, as well as their level of physical activity when they enrolled in the study (between ages 50 and 79).

“When we looked at the women’s total activity throughout their adulthood, including light, moderate and strenuous exercise, and added it all together, those with the highest total amount of activity seemed to be the most protected. It wasn’t necessarily important regarding how much of that activity was strenuous,” said McTiernan, a WHI co-investigator who directs clinical-outcomes efforts at the WHI Clinical Coordinating Center, which is based at Fred Hutchinson.

WHI, one of the largest prevention studies ever conducted in the United States, focuses on prevention strategies for heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast and colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women. Established in 1991 by the NIH, final results are expected in 2005.

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