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Breast Cancer: In the News – April 2014

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Does obesity increase the risk of breast cancer? A new study reveals that women with a specific marker in the mTOR gene are at a greater risk for developing breast cancer, and the chances only increase if they are overweight. According to the study, women with the genetic marker were 70% more likely to have […]

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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 […]

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Cancer is Not a Competition

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Salon.com published an article a few weeks ago that took on an ad campaign created by the British organization, Pancreatic Cancer Action (PCA). The ad uses shock value, as many “awareness” campaigns do, to depict women and men “wishing” for breast and testicular cancer over pancreatic cancer. All of the adverts feature real pancreatic cancer […]

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Affordable Care Act Will Cover Breast Cancer Prevention Drugs

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the decision to fully cover medications intended to prevent breast cancer for at-risk women. This comes as part of the Affordable Care Act’s preventative care benefits and goes into effect this coming September—leaving insurers a year to make the change. The new coverage comes […]

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Boobie bracelets: Is shock value worth awareness?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Last fall, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that a school district’s ban on “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets violated the students’ rights to free speech. Currently, national groups representing superintendents, school boards and principals are working to overturn the lower courts ruling by going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court. This […]

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What’s with all the mustaches?

Published On: | Kylie Chin

You may be asking yourself, “What was with all the mustaches in November?” Well, it’s kind of like wearing pink in October for breast cancer awareness—only less pink and more upper lip hair. Think of the mustache as the pink ribbon for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives, a symbol that generates awareness […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness with Dr. Brown

Published On: | Kylie Chin

It’s fall. That time of the year when the leaves start to change and more colors start to show, including the color pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). The NBCAM is joint effort to promote breast cancer awareness, share information and resources on the disease, and provide everyone with greater […]

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The Survival Rate Racial Disparity Persists

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Black women in the United States are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women according to a study published in the July 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, breast cancer survival rates for black women diagnosed in last two decades has not changed one […]

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A Reaction: Breast Cancer’s Evolution

Published On: | Kylie Chin

TED and the Huffington Post have started TEDWeekends, which includes programming and articles nested around a recent TEDTalk. If you’re not familiar with TED, here’s a link to catch you up.  Earlier this month Louise Leaky delivered her talk entitled: Is the Human Race In Danger Of Becoming Extinct Soon? You can watch the speech […]

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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Published On: | Kylie Chin

Actress and activist Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventative double mastectomy after being told by doctors she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. The reason for the disturbing report stemmed back to the “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which drastically increases women’s risk of developing breast […]

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