October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Chicago Wolves have once again partnered with A Silver Lining Foundation to help create awareness of this all-too-common disease. Every October the Chicago Wolves host their Breast Cancer Awareness Night with proceeds benefiting A Silver Lining Foundation and Chicago Wolves Charities. Provided below is more information about A Silver Lining Foundation and breast cancer.
A Silver Lining Foundation was founded in 2002 by Dr. Sandy Goldberg, a breast cancer survivor herself, to ensure dignified, respectful and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all. By creating partnerships with community, advocacy and healthcare organizations, A Silver Lining Foundation wants to ensure that socioeconomic status does not affect an individual’s access to information, cancer screening and diagnosis.
A Silver Lining Foundation is comprised of the following four programs:
A Silver Lining Foundation’s Buy A Mom A Mammogram® program is their most well known program. Since it was established in 2006, over 6,000 women, 99% of which are uninsured, have received information about and access to a cost free screening mammogram and diagnostic evaluation.
Buy A Mom A Mammogram® funds cost free mammograms and diagnostic testing to individuals in a timely, dignified and respectful fashion.
In need of a mammogram and can’t afford it?
Contact A Silver Lining Foundation at (312) 345-1322 or (toll free) 1(877) 924-1126
What is breast cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.”
Who can get breast cancer?
Anyone – both males and females can get breast cancer.
What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease, such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors and below are some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
RISK FACTORS YOU CANNOT CHANGE:
Gender – being a woman automatically increases your risk
Aging – the older the person, the higher the risk
Genetics – higher risk if there is a family history of breast cancer
Personal history of breast cancer – women with cancer in one breast have a higher risk of developing cancer in the other breast of in another part of the same breast.
Race & Ethnicity – white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African-American women, however African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer.
Dense breast tissue – women with denser breast tissue are at higher risk
Menstrual periods – women who have had more menstrual cycles (because they started early and/or went through menopause later) have slightly higher risk
LIFESTYLE-RELATED FACTORS AND BREAST CANCER RISK:
Having children – women who have had no children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk. Having many pregnancies and becoming pregnant at a young age reduce breast cancer risk.
Birth Control – using oral contraceptives will cause a slightly higher risk, however it seems to go back to normal over time once pills are stopped
Breastfeeding – slightly lowers risk, according to some studies
Alcohol – use of alcohol is linked to an increase risk of developing breast cancer
Being overweight or obese – after menopause, being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk, however the link between being overweight and breast cancer is complex
Physical activity – studies have shown exercise reduces breast cancer risk
For more information on risk factors click here .
Can breast cancer be found early?
Yes, breast cancer can be found early and American Cancer Society recommends the following to detect it:
- WOMEN IN THEIR 20s should perform self breast exams and report any breast changes to their health professional right away. Click here to see how to perform a self breast exam.
- WOMEN IN THEIR 20s & 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional, at least every 3 years.
- WOMEN AT AGE 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
- AFTER AGE 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
For more information about early detection, click here .
How is breast cancer treated?
The main types of treatment are:
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Bone-directed therapy
For more information, please click here .
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