Breast and other cancer treatments can cause heart and artery diseases, which need to be identified and treated. Some may even be prevented. Watch the recording to hear from two cardiologists who work with people diagnosed with breast cancer and a panel of experts to learn about who is affected, common signs and symptoms, and how they are working to prevent and manage cancer-related cardiovascular diseases.
What a busy year! In 2021, we released two new collections of educational materials that we’ve been working on over the past few years, launched our Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer webinar series, and expanded on our well-established health promotion campaigns. We are so grateful to you for making the successes of our 25th year possible! Read on for some highlights, and please consider donating to support our ongoing work and join us in envisioning a world with zero breast cancer.
A two-time cancer survivor reflects on the adage that laughter is the best medicine.
I like to think of myself as a funny person. I always try to find a way to laugh about something and must admit that I am also a bit of a practical joker at times (as long as no one gets hurt). I even try to keep my sense of humor during difficult times, because it is an excellent way to break the ice in an uncomfortable situation. It helps me make light of my challenging circumstances, and it has helped me heal through considerable obstacles in life.
As you may have heard or noticed, this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Zero Breast Cancer has a lot going on!
One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime, and breast cancer can affect people of all genders. While we can't control whether we get breast cancer and it's not our fault if it happens to us, there are some things we can do individually and as a community to make it less likely. Check out our 13 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer campaign and our page on Risk Factors We Can Change Together to learn about simple actions that can reduce the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence.
Christine Jon’el is a young, Black woman living with an amputation who has survived cancer two times. When we first spoke with her a few months ago, her passion for calling out ableism and racism in breast cancer was clear. We are grateful that she agreed to be interviewed so we can share her insights with you!
As a genetic counselor for the last 10 years, I've counseled patients about their cancer risks and guided them through the genetic testing process. I help them decide if genetic testing is right for them and explain how their test results might impact their physical and mental health. We discuss next steps and how to use this information to empower their health and their lives. We talk through their emotions and fears. Sometimes we just sit in silence. Every patient's journey is unique, and their feelings are complex.
When my friend Mara felt a lump in her right breast in April 2019, her first reaction was panic. She got on the phone with me right away and asked me to come with her to the doctor.
After a few days of anxious waiting, we received confirmation that it was breast cancer. As I sat beside Mara outside the doctor’s office, I could see her whole spirit deflating.
I wasn’t sure how to help her, so I suggested we look for breast cancer support groups that she can join. Maybe if she connects with other people going through the same thing, she would feel less helpless and overwhelmed.