There are many ways you can make your mark on the fight against breast cancer.
With October comes Halloween candy, autumn leaves, and breast cancer
This year we've had some vivid reminders as to just how much a difference
all our support can make in the battle against breast cancer. In April,
scientists announced that the drug Herceptin cuts the risk of breast cancer
recurrence by more than half and reduces the risk of death by one-third for
certain women with early-stage breast cancer. It's one of the most
revolutionary advances in breast cancer treatment in decades, and it wouldn't
have happened without years of individual support for research funding and
clinical trial participation.
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Most breast tumors in children are fibroadenomas, which are benign (not cancer). Rarely, these tumors become large phyllodes tumors (cancer) and begin to grow quickly. If a benign tumor begins to grow quickly, a fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy or an excisional biopsy will be done. The tissues removed...
If we want more breakthroughs like this in treatment, diagnosis, prevention,
and awareness of breast cancer, we all have a part to play.
Run, Walk -- or Write (a Check)
One way to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness is to get on
your feet. Runs, walks, and other active fundraising events are everywhere,
sponsored by organizations ranging from the American Cancer Society to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation. Some fund research, some offer prevention programs,
some provide outreach and education for women newly diagnosed with breast
cancer; all are worthy of your time and support. It's a little late to sign up
for this year's Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Race for the Cure, or
"Tour De Pink," but you can start training now for next year's races.
And it's never too late to pledge to a friend's effort! Here are just a few of
many organizations you can run, walk, or bike for, or just exercise your
The American Cancer Society: (800) ACS-2345 (sponsors "Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer")
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: (972) 855-1600 or (800)
IM-AWARE (sponsors the "Race for the Cure")
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: (800) 510-WALK
The Young Survival Coalition: (212) 206-6610 (sponsors the "Tour De
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation: (866) 346-3228
The National Breast Cancer Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization: (800) 221-2141
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation: (310) 230-1712
Many of these organizations have local affiliates, so if you'd like to
donate money specifically to support research, education, and breast cancer
support in your own community, search the national organization's web site for
the affiliate nearest you.
Give Breast Cancer Your Time
Whether or not you have money to spend or donate, your time is just as
valuable. Most of the races and walks organized by groups such as the Komen
Foundation and the American Cancer Society depend on the dedication of
volunteers to make them happen every year. You can also volunteer at a local
cancer center, donate blood, or participate in clinical trials. If you have
talent with hair or makeup, the American Cancer Society might be able to use
your skills at a local "Look Good, Feel Better" events. Some other
volunteer opportunities include:
The American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program, (800)
"Look Good...Feel Better" (800) 395-LOOK
Clinical trials around the country often need healthy volunteers. Go to
Clinicaltrials.gov's breast disease section and search for
"healthy volunteers" to find a trial that you might participate
Your local cancer center. Almost every hospital with a cancer center has a
volunteer program, such as those at Sloan-Kettering in New York, M.D. Anderson
in Houston, the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., and the Mayo Clinic