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We curate the breast reconstruction and breast cancer news to bring you what we consider the best. An uplifting story, a new company impacting the lives of the breast cancer community, a significant cancer discovery, or a new breast reconstruction option made available–whatever it is, we want to keep you posted on the things we’re reading and on the incredible members of the breast cancer community who are making a difference. Breast cancer treatments and breast reconstruction methods change every day. In a single scientific finding, a controversy may be started and debates ensue that can change the standard of care or even national policy. New breast cancer support organizations and businesses form that can make the difference between surviving and thriving in the months following a diagnosis. Knowing the latest means knowing your options and your rights. Join our conversations here, comment, and share the news and breast cancer community resources that interests you. We’re a team here.


2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1
12 Oct 2016

2016 Voices of Love Winners: Week 1

Thanks if you entered our Voices of Love contest last week! Remember, you can enter each week of October to win a box of pink macaroons. Help us encourage those going through breast cancer or reconstruction with your words of advice, encouragement, and/or love! Click here for more info. Now, for our Voices of Love winners from week 1:   Terri Terri is a two time breast...

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ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016
05 Oct 2016

ITC’s Most Encouraging Words of 2016

We’ve featured some great stories this year. Stories of survivors, supporters, and breast reconstruction have graced the pages of our blog. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in line with our Voices of Love campaign, we thought we’d take a few minutes to share the best of the best. Read on to hear our most encouraging words of 2016!   Most Selfless Words...

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2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons
04 Oct 2016

2016 Voices of Love Contest: Encourage Women and Win Pink Macaroons

Can you believe that 1 in 8 women and their families are affected by breast cancer? That’s a higher percent of people than are left handed, play Pokémon Go, or own a pet fish.   Awareness is important. At I’m Taking Charge, we urge all women to get their mammograms, to live a healthy lifestyle, and to get tested for the “breast cancer” gene.   However, support is also important. One...

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Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!
25 Sep 2016

Breast Cancer Retreat for African American Women: Sistas Rock!

We’ve highlighted a few breast cancer retreats on this blog before. These retreats typically include women of all races and varying ages and are great ways to connect with other women who are dealing with the same struggle you are. However, many African American women find that certain retreats do not fully provide them with the complete sense of sisterhood that they want. Fortunately, the African...

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Black Women’s Breast Health Matters
15 Sep 2016

Black Women’s Breast Health Matters

Submitted by Valerie Rochester, Black Women’s Health Imperative By now, many of us already know the statistics . . . that despite the federal and private investments in breast cancer screening, treatment and research, Black women continue to experience breast cancer at younger ages and in more advanced and deadlier forms. From screening to timely diagnosis and entry into treatment, Black women receive inequitable care...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
14 Sep 2016

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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Young Black Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Young Sisters Initiative
03 Sep 2016

Young Black Women With Breast Cancer Find Support in Young Sisters Initiative

In collaboration with Black Women’s Health Imperative, we’re focusing on African-American women and Breast Cancer this month. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so we’re introducing you to the Young Sisters Initiative. It’s a great resource for young black women with breast cancer.   Young Sisters Initiative (YSI) is for African American women under age 45 who have breast cancer. The Sisters Network, Inc., a national organization focused on breast...

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

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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Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer: Research Reveals Promising Drug
16 Aug 2016

Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer: Research Reveals Promising Drug

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is a huge hurdle on its own, but hearing that you have an aggressive form of breast cancer often makes the hurdle bigger. Aggressive forms of breast cancer are a scary thing. Not only do they often grow and spread faster than normal, they do not respond as significantly to common treatments. Thankfully, scientists are working hard to find a...

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Community Health Centers: Thank You for Free Breast Cancer Screenings and More
13 Aug 2016

Community Health Centers: Thank You for Free Breast Cancer Screenings and More

Unless you are one of the 24 million people whose healthcare needs are served by the 400 Health Centers that operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites, the term “Community Health Center” may not mean much. However, those facts were highlighted in a Presidential Proclamation declaring August 6 – August 13 as National Health Center Week. At I’m Taking Charge, we are especially grateful for their free breast...

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