EDITORIAL: Being aware of breast cancer is more than pink ribbons

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There are many other factors, some inside and some outside of your control.

Learn from a panel of SouthCoast Health physicians about breast health and prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

"I was what they call a triple negative".

And the message Richardson wants to get out is that the opposite is true. Mammogram screenings are x-ray exams that detect breast cancer in women who may not be aware of their breast cancer symptoms. "It was a very sweet job", she says.

Now when people think of donating money to breast cancer research, the first thing they think of is the color pink.

Actually anyone with breasts is at risk for breast cancer.

Once she finished with chemotherapy and radiation, Johnson underwent breast augmentation on her cancer-free breast.

It was dubbed 'the Angelina Jolie effect' by the media. Last year, she was lead author of a study that looked at the differences between black and white women in getting breast cancer and dying from it in the years between 1999 and 2014.

Here are some of the special events and special deals being offered in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If any of these changes are noticed, see your health care provider as soon as possible for evaluation.

Youmans was scheduled for a double mastectomy in January. Some are recognizable to almost everyone (Komen, Breast Cancer Research Foundation).

Just this year, we awarded $200,000 for three peer-revived research grants and one clinical trial in Pennsylvania. Even though she had needs of her own, she chose to give back by starting a charity. It's hard not to be swept up by their enthusiasm and that of their fellow researchers. The scientists hope to use this knowledge to develop techniques for preventing relapse. In the meantime, she will take medication for the next 10 years.

"You have no idea what this award has meant to me, and how it has eased some of the financial burden that comes with college", she said.

We have exciting outreach going on all month.

Marie's initial post featured a shirtless photo of her with bottles of medication and a long caption on the issues she has seen with the rise of the pink ribbon. Luvenia also works with Head Start in Robertville.

"The support has been great for her", Luvenia said. It affects families not only once a year, but for a lifetime.

"That messes with me sometimes", she said, but added she has to put those thoughts out of her mind. Previously, most mastectomies included the removal of the nipple, especially because of the plethora of ducts located directly under the surface. Shay boldly and proudly displays her scars, as her stars; inspiring so many others along the way. They were then recognized before the Falcons game against the Dolphins and pampered at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers on Tuesday afternoon before being chauffeured to Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi where the players made them dinner.

Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice, both for human interest about one's ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that ancestry might increase our risk for certain diseases.

"I was really young when my mom was diagnosed; I was five years old", Bosher said. Too much screening? I don't buy that.

In conjunction with National Mammography Day on Friday, state health officials are urging women to schedule mammogram appointments. Changes may include: Development of a lump, swelling of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, nipple discharge other than breast milk, or other nipple abnormalities (pain, redness, or turning inward).

And I can also hear some of you say, "I can't afford a mammogram!"

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