Holiday Season

By: Helen McMillan
General

Holiday Season

As this year draws to a close, we here at SurviveDAT have been looking back and thinking of all the young women whose paths have crossed with ours. As they have shared their stories with us, you can see in their words and hear in their voices their determination to beat this thing invading their bodies. We are thankful to be able to be a part of their journey, and hopefully making it easier to bear.

Men Caretakers and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

By: Laura Ricks
General

Men, Caretakers, and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

This month, we here at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network want to acknowledge the people who love, support and take care of the women we are trying to help. Breast cancer doesn’t just take its toll on the young woman, it also can exact a heavy price on those around her. As Marc Heyison, founder of “Men Against Breast Cancer” says “Breast cancer devastates the entire family.” So here are some tips and resources for men, family members and caretakers helping young women fight breast cancer.

Getting By With A Little Help From Your Friends

By: Laura Ricks
General

Getting By With A Little Help From Your Friends

When Hoda found a lump in her breast in 2006 and went in for a biopsy, it was Karen who was by her side. Hoda was going through a rough divorce at the time and had no family nearby, so Karen wanted to be sure Hoda would not go through that process alone.

Mommy Me and Cancer A Reflection from the Child of a Breast Cancer Survivor

By: Michelle Lawrence, MPH
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Mommy, Me, and Cancer: A Reflection from the Child of a Breast Cancer Survivor

"Hi sweetie, I have something very important to tell you." Although I was only 8 years old, I could tell that my mother’s kind tone was only a gentle precursor for what she was about to say. She gazed at me with a sincere face and tears in her eyes as she explained to me that she had been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She said that our lives would be quite different for a while. My mother, at the time, was 38 years old.

Understanding The Role of Genetics In Breast Cancer

By: Dr. Lucio Miele, MD, Ph.D
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Understanding The Role of Genetics In Breast Cancer

Women should know only 5-10% of breast cancers are considered “familial” or resulting from inherited genes. Yet they should also know having a family history of breast cancer is one of the strongest predictors of breast cancer.

HPV Vaccine

By: Dr. Donna Williams, DrPH
General

HPV Vaccine

Is Your Doctor Telling You Everything? Don’t Be So Sure. If there were a vaccine to prevent cancer in your children, would you have them get it? Did you know there is such a vaccine? Has your doctor discussed that with you?

Issues Related to Young Breast Cancer Survivors and Smoking

By: Elizabeth T.H. Fontham
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Issues Related to Young Breast Cancer Survivors and Smoking

It will not come as a surprise to anyone reading this that smoking is bad for health – in big important ways and in some less life-threatening, but undesirable ways. As someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, I sincerely hope that if you are a nonsmoker your commitment to not smoke will be reinforced by what you read here and if you are a smoker that you will seize the opportunity to prevent adverse health effects by battling and beating cigarette addiction.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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