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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.


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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Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue
09 Aug 2016

Recovery After Breast Surgery: Drain Dollies to the Rescue

No one likes the idea of having surgery for any reason. For many women with breast cancer, surgery is a guarantee. Coping with the idea of getting one surgery, let alone multiple, is a difficult process. It’s not only the surgery. You also have to consider lifestyle changes during recovery after breast surgery, and plan how much time you need off from work. You need...

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29 Jul 2016

New AeroForm® Device Allows Women to Control Breast Reconstruction Process, Avoid Needles and Pain

Breast cancer is a tough journey. Unfortunately, breast reconstruction after mastectomy isn’t always smooth sailing either, as told in some of our breast reconstruction stories. One problem is the inconvenience, pain and sometimes injury that occur during the tissue expansion process. Thankfully, medical engineers have found a promising solution. We bring you news today of the AeroForm® tissue expander system. It allows women to control an important...

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25 Jul 2016

Fighting Breast Cancer by Finding Hidden Warriors

Who knew…playing dress up can give you power, and it’s possibly one of the easiest things you can do to help heal yourself when you’re fighting breast cancer.   The secondmost popular TED Talk of all time, with almost 35 million views, is by Amy Cuddy (TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks). Cuddy, a Harvard Business School social psychologist, said...

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Sisters with Breast Cancer: Sharing Symptoms, Side Effects, Upcoming Mastectomies
20 Jul 2016

Sisters with Breast Cancer: Sharing Symptoms, Side Effects, Upcoming Mastectomies

Sharee and Annette Page, from northern Utah, are as close as two sisters can be. They have both worked for the same company for over 10 years. These two sisters have very similar lives. Both love to travel, and have together visited over 50 countries. Lately though, their travels have taken them from their mother’s house, to chemotherapy treatments in Davis Hospital in northern Utah....

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3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career
11 Jul 2016

3D Nipple Tattoo Artist Vinnie Myers Describes Life-Changing Career

Tattooing a nipple onto a reconstructed breast may not seem cool, but well-known 3D nipple tattoo artist Vinnie Myers is as close to “rock star” as you can get in the cancer world. Sure, his portfolio once held pictures of “feathers, snakes and dragon sleeves,” but now it’s full of nipples. A woman once gushed with a sly smile during an interview about her reconstruction,...

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