Getting By With A Little Help From Your Friends

By: Laura Ricks
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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
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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.

Reflections By A Cancer Survivor

By: Sara Roberts

Reflections By A Cancer Survivor

Predictability is my friend. My husband frequently calls me a "rule follower." Spur of the moment is not my idea of fun. I have never welcomed change ... until I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fertility

By: Dr. Sissy Sartor
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Fertility

While the incidence of breast cancer increases with age, there are still many womendiagnosed in their prime reproductive years with 11% of women being 45 years of age or younger. One out of three of these women will have early stage cancer that can be successfully treated (70% survival at 10 years from diagnosis). Many of these women will not have started or completed their families, reflecting the growing tendency of women to delay childbearing until after age 30. Since the 1990s, the number of first time mothers older than age 30 has increased to over 21%.

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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