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African American Women and Breast Cancer: Our August Focus
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African American Women and Breast Cancer: Our August Focus

I’m Taking Charge focuses attention on the racial disparity in prevention, treatment and mortality rates that still exist in the African American community when it comes to breast cancer. This month our articles will highlight funding issues and a diabetes prevention program that can help African American women reduce the risk of breast cancer. We’ll also take a look at a type of highly aggressive...

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01 Aug 2017
After Breast Cancer, I Just Want to Feel Normal
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After Breast Cancer, I Just Want to Feel Normal

If you haven’t been through a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy, you can’t really understand the upheaval that happens to your life. Because after breast cancer, your emotions change, your body image changes, and the peace in your life is turned upside down. All those doubts and fears don’t go away at the end of treatment, or after the recovery from breast reconstruction. So, where...

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20 Jun 2017
Young Women With Breast Cancer: ITC’s March 2017 Focus
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Young Women With Breast Cancer: ITC’s March 2017 Focus

Yes, it’s true that breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in women, and surprisingly it’s the leading cause of death in women younger than 50, according to the American Cancer Society. This month, we decided to devote our efforts to exploring what both science and real life experience say about young women with breast cancer.   Some Relevant Statistics   Let’s look at some...

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01 Mar 2017
Coping With Breast Cancer During the Holidays: Finding Your Joy
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Coping With Breast Cancer During the Holidays: Finding Your Joy

Cancer sucks, and finding any kind of joy may seem impossible, but emotions are more than the words that describe them. They’re pure physical sensations that we experience all the time. When coping with breast cancer, joy might seem so far from any emotion you might be feeling. However, when it’s possible to find some kind of joy in life it can change your outlook...

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06 Dec 2016
ITC Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016: Support and Voices of Love
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ITC Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016: Support and Voices of Love

The weather is beginning to crisp up, the leaves are starting to fall and the color pink is everywhere. That can mean only one thing…it must be October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is the month set aside to remember and honor almost three million survivors whose lives have been touched by this disease, and remind all women that early detection is the strongest...

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01 Oct 2016
Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
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Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity

As part of our African American breast cancer focus with BWHI this month, we’re taking a look at breast reconstruction and racial disparity. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to choose autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses the woman’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast form. The tissue is taken from another part of her body.   ...

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14 Sep 2016
ITC September Focus: African-American Breast Cancer Awareness
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ITC September Focus: African-American Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Black women, and the second leading cause of death for Black women. – Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI)   During 2016, says Komen, physicians will diagnose around 30,700 new cases of breast cancer among African-American women. The numbers don’t seem to be getting much better over the years either.     On a positive note, Komen reports that...

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01 Sep 2016
10 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Good During Breast Cancer
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10 Tips to Help You Look and Feel Good During Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can rob a woman of her femininity. As silly as it sounds, beauty and fashion can help a woman regain her identity and her confidence. Do small things to make yourself feel and look a bit more “normal,” along with a bit of well-deserved pampering. It really does help with our confidence and general well-being. Cancer treatments can affect your complexion, hair, nails,...

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26 Aug 2016
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