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:

          The Chicagoland Cancer Information Coalition (CCIC)

          The Evelyn Goldberg Center

          Buy A Mom A Mammogram®

          Keep aBreast


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.


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


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:

-        Surgery

-        Radiation therapy

-        Chemotherapy

-        Hormone therapy

-        Targeted therapy

-        Bone-directed therapy


For more information, please click here .


A Silver Lining Foundation

American Cancer Society

Bright Pink

Loyola Medical Center

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force

Northwest Community Hospital

Sisters Network Chicago

Susan G. Komen for the Cure