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Breast Cancer: In the News – May 2014

Published on | Kylie Chin

UAB Caravan Screens Over 5,000

For the fourth time in four years, the Pink Caravan campaign offered free screening to Emiratis and residents throughout the seven emirates. The 11-day campaign took place from February 15-25 and focused on dispelling breast cancer myths and the importance of early detection. Of the 5,214 screened, 1,386 were referred for mammography test and another 267 were referred for ultrasound imaging. For more information on the Pink Caravan campaign visit the website.

Cancer Preventing Foods?

While the evidence has been claimed to be insufficient by oncologist, some researchers say there are particular foods that women can include in an overall healthy diet that may improve the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Here’s a few and you can find more here.

  • Sweet Potatoes: A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who consumed plenty of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables (such as carrots, dark leafy green veggies, and sweet potatoes) had a lower risk of developing certain types of breast cancer.
  • Mushrooms: A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that participants (nearly 2,000 Chinese women) who consumed 10 grams or more of fresh mushrooms every day were about two thirds less likely to develop breast cancer than non mushroom eaters.
  • Pomegranates: More and more benefits are revealed about this seedy fruit everyday—most recently, for its ability to inhibit the growth of hormone-dependent breast cancer. According to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, ellagic acid in pomegranates may help protect against cancer by quelling estrogen production to counteract the growth of breast cancer cells.
  • Salmon: Rich in “good” fats—essential omega-3 fatty acids linked to improved breast cancer projections.

Breast Cancer Patient Finds Love Online

Bald and sick, Patti Tolley updated her Match.com profile.

“I love the water, travelling and a good belly laugh.”

The profile also read:

“full disclosure: I have cancer. I was very lucky in that it was caught early and underwent surgery in early November that was a complete success,” the profile read. “The cancer is now gone, however, I’ll be in treatment for the next several months. … I expect to be finished up in early May, at which time I am also hoping my hair grows back!”

Due to Tolley’s aggressive breast cancer she had a large tumor removed, along with her right breast. Recovering one night, with only three of her 16 chemotherapy sessions under her belt, Tolley bought a one-month subscription to an online dating site. While Tolley joked with her friends about the submissions she’ll receive being a bald and missing a breast, saying at least they’d be funny to review, she was surprised at the response from several interested men.

David Parrish was one of those men. Parrish, who emailed through Tolley through a female friend at first, wasn’t Tolley’s first choice but after a few bad dates they began to talk more often. They started dating but soon Tolley’s health was strained from chemotherapy—before long dinner and movies turned into soup deliveries and long conversations.

Currently, seven years after their first date, Tolley 56, and Parrish 55, are married and live happily with their two yellow labs. Tolley says Parrish’s support was essential to her overcoming cancer.

“Sometimes the simplest gestures, taking someone soup, just being there, may be what matters most to your friend or loved one.”

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