PRESS Forward Against Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer….

Prevention

Studies show that 8 of 10 breast cancers can be prevented.   Prevention—not just early detection.  Breast cancer prevention is the new frontier.  Excellent studies show that prevention is possible.  We lead the way with our Vitamin D Promise program.

Research

Though the “New Era Cancer Research Fund” we underwrite less-toxic, minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment options.  This includes research on topics such as the link between Vitamin D and a reduction in cancer; how food choices impact your body during treatment and studies on Proton Therapy as a first-line treatment.

Education

Education is power in preventing and surviving breast cancer.  From teaching breast self exams to wise exercise, from managing post-treatment side-effects to mobilizing the mind for healing, we guide and support women to actively participate in health and healing.  Our University Education Program teaches students the lifestyle choices they can make at an early age to prevent breast cancer.

Survival

BCCA’s integrated cancer care program supports and complements conventional medical treatment.  The program encompasses the whole person—body, mind and spirit.  While accomplished in addition to conventional medical care, we understand it takes more than medicine to get well and stay well.

Support

When breast cancer strikes, it impacts the entire family and all areas of their life, especially financially.  We have designed our Help Now Fund to assist with the basic needs of cancer patients in need.  The demand is huge and we limit our funding to past-due rents and utilities.  Our commitment: no woman will go through breast cancer without a roof over her head and the basics of daily needs.

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We PRESS Forward in the fight against breast cancer.  We inspire hope.  We nurture healing.  We renew life.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America.  We are the new voice of breast cancer.  We are passionate, filled with energy and a vision.  And we will not stop until breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

Join us.  Make your voice heard.  It’s a new day in the world of breast cancer.



Wellness Wednesday: 7 Ways To Prevent Breast Cancer

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By Brandi Koskie and Jason Knapfel – DietsInReview.com

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There are a number of ways you can be an active part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including wearing a pink ribbon, participating in events, or making a donation to a related organization. However, it can be an even better idea to take steps that allow you to prevent the disease that will affect one in eight women. There are several steps you can take to avoid being a statistic, and instead a survivor, or someone who has never had to face it. The most obvious of which is minding your diet. We all know that a balanced and nutritious diet has a wealth of benefits, and counting breast cancer prevention as one is pretty positive. Here are 7 strategies for preventing breast cancer that you can start implementing today.

1. Eat more produce. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help protect against all forms of cancer.

2. Reduce fat consumption. Studies on dietary fat have been conflicting, but most experts say it’s still wise to steer clear of saturated fat.

3. Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D. A 10-year Harvard study found that pre-menopausal women who got 1,366 milligrams of calcium and 548 IU of vitamin D daily slashed their risk of breast cancer by one-third, and their odds of getting invasive breast cancer by up to 69 percent.

4. Add flaxseed to cereal. Flaxseed is a good source of lignans, compounds that may play a role in preventing estrogen-dependent cancers by inhibiting the development of tumors or slowing their growth rate.

5. Keep barbecue to a minimum. A recent study showed that post-menopausal women who had consumed a lot of barbecued and smoked red meat or chicken over their lifetimes had a greater risk of developing breast cancer.

6. Moderate alcohol intake. More than one drink each day increases your odds of developing breast cancer.

7. Fill up on fiber. A diet that’s rich in fiber (30-plus grams a day) can reduce the risk of breast cancer among pre-menopausal women in half. It’s also important to live an active lifestyle. Yoga, moderate weight lifting, walking, and running are all ways to keep your body moving, your heart rate up, and fend-off this pesky disease.

One of the most important behaviors you can start practicing for yourself is regular breast self-exams and annual visits with your doctor for manual exams. You should also learn, based on your history and risk factors, when the right time is to begin regular mammograms.