October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nora Nguyen
October 16, 2018

"We are also here to remember those that we have lost through the breast cancer and those who are still fighting, and just trying to inspire those that are still going through the battle and seeing all the other survivors, knowing that they can make it through as well".

The goal is to unite behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer.

Touch your breasts - Can you feel anything uncommon and different like a lump? She had 36 lymph nodes removed two months later.

"You either go into flight of fight mode", she said. When cancer cells travels to other parts of the body and begin damaging other tissues and organs the process is called metastasis.

Bauman, the marathon runner, also found skeptical doctors on her breast cancer journey. Breast cancers may start as a tiny lump in the breast. After getting a mammogram, her doctors said it was nothing.

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Two years later, in February 2018, a biopsy revealed she had stage 2 breast cancer.

It's all about the size and placement of the tumour, says Patt, which can be responsible for a change in the size or shape of your breast, or cause of painful swelling.

She asks people not to assume that looking well equates to feeling it: "I really don't expect to have to wave my chemo book at you, whip out my mastectomy scars or point out the bruising from the latest injections". "It's like saying, 'I'm notifying you that you're tall, '" says Diana Buist, a senior scientific investigator with the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium and director of research and strategic partnerships at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. "SheThinx encourages women to stop their "*ahem* less-than-healthy lifestyle choices" to decrease the risk of breast cancer and also other diseases.

The effect was stronger for premenopausal breast cancer, with women who had given birth between 26-32 weeks more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer before the menopause than those who had given birth at 40-41 weeks.

The plate resulted from legislative action during the 123rd Legislature by then-Representative Meredith Strang Burgess from Cumberland, who is a breast cancer survivor as well.

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Tamara Rodriguez, CFO of Fatima Group, a conglomerate that focuses on rebuilding Haiti, was diagnosed at 35.

"When you diagnose the cancer early, that means the treatment is limited and not very invasive", she said.

"Further studies are needed to estimate more precisely the extent to which a shorter pregnancy and heavier firstborns increase women's risk of developing breast cancer, and to study the possible causal mechanism in more depth". Breast cancers are serious and may be life-threatening.

"I wish I would've known that younger women were able to get cancer", said Rodriguez.

So how do you know if you should get screened earlier?

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"These annual proceeds have provided us with the resources to help ME residents living with and at risk of breast cancer with direct financial assistance for their uncovered treatment, travel and other qualifying breast health or breast cancer related needs".

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