Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is Saturday

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is Saturday

College Against Cancer is a student-run organization at United States dollars that works to raise awareness for cancer.

Taking hormones: Some forms of hormone replacement therapy (those that include both estrogen and progesterone) taken during menopause can raise the risk for breast cancer when taken for more than five years.

"We know that breast cancer is very prevalent in woman", explained Terri Vieira, president of Sebasticook Valley Health. With advanced technologies like 3D Tomosynthesis, the breast can be reviewed in 1 mm slice which enables breast cancer detection at a much earlier stage. "So I think it is important to support events that promote educating health awareness to others and proper steps to get examined".

"Women in my family, and my husband's family have died from breast cancer affecting us directly", Terell said.

According to, a resource for women diagnosed with breast cancer in college, women can develop breast cancer as early as age 15.

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However, three of them were diagnosed with breast cancer.

"And that is a problem right there, especially knowing black women are affected by breast cancer in big numbers". If a woman finds lumps or feels discomfort or pain, she should seek medical help sooner rather than later. "It touches a lot of people". Beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which are mutations of a gene that suppresses tumors in women, Cancer Research UK explains that there are rarer mutations in genes known as TP53, PTEN, PALB2 and a range of genes called SNPs, all of which are linked to higher rates of breast cancer.

Madison Pejsa, senior dental hygiene major and Colleges Against Cancer co-president said she is passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness Month because it's something close to her heart. Thompson underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy to destroy the cancer cells. "It took a lot of time and money". A clinical breast exam may be recommended more frequently if they have a strong family history of breast cancer.

"It's not affecting you physically, but watching a loved one go through that is hard", Eberts said.

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