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Issues Important to YOU: Lymphedema Supplies and Surprise Expenses

Posted By on May 10th, 2016 at 4:23 pm | 0 comments.

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by Pat Halpin-Murphy, President and Founder

After breast cancer surgery, about 20% of women develop some lymphedema, a painful chronic swelling of the arm following removal of lymph nodes. It can develop within days or many years after treatment. There is no known cure for lymphedema and treatment focuses on reducing the swelling and pain. Lymphedema bandages, sleeves, and compression garments offer the best relief. However, those products are not currently covered by Medicare or many insurers and are very costly for a woman who might need to pay out-of-pocket for them.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition wants to help change that, and you can help make that change happen. If you are on Medicare and found they didn’t cover the garments and sleeves you needed, and were surprised to find that you had to pay for them out-of-pocket … we want to hear from you! Your personal story can make a difference in our efforts.

Tell your story to the PBCC at info@pabreastcancer.org, send a letter to PA Breast Cancer Coalition, 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA 17042, or call 1-800-377-8828 x3020 to share your experiences with Medicare coverage for lymphedema supplies.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Lower Breast Cancer Risk in Obese, Postmenopausal Women

Posted By on April 14th, 2016 at 12:16 pm | 0 comments.

Omega-3-fatty-acidsObesity can be a major cause of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but omega-3 fatty acids have the potential to lower that risk. A study done by Andrea Manni, professor and division chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Penn State College of Medicine, showed protection comes from the anti-inflammatory effects from the fatty acid.

Breast density is a breast cancer risk. Manni’s team, in addition to researchers from Emory University and Colorado State University examined the influence of prescription omega-3 supplements on breast density in women of various weights. It is believed that women who are of a higher breast density are more likely to develop breast cancer. Researchers found that increasing the level of omega-3 acids in blood was connected with reduced breast density in women bordering obesity with a body mass index above 29. With this research, a personalized approach to breast cancer prevention can be established.

Learn more about this study. 

3D Mammogram and Ultrasound: $50,000 Research Grant Winner Dr. Wendie Berg Examines Breast Cancer Screenings

Posted By on April 4th, 2016 at 9:41 am | 0 comments.

Study focused on effective screening techniques for women with dense tissue

Which is better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts – an ultrasound or 3D mammogram? Dr. Wendie Berg, MD, PhD, FACR of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC aims to answer that question with her PBCC-funded research.

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition awarded a $50,000 grant to Dr. Berg this week to continue her studies of the two breast cancer screenings. Dr. Berg is specifically interested in screenings for women with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can hide cancer on a regular 2D mammogram, and often, supplemental screenings are recommended. It is a personal subject for Dr. Berg; her mother was diagnosed when she was in high school and Dr. Berg found her own breast cancer diagnosis through additional testing.

Dr. Berg and her team hope to deter3-30 check presmine if one of the options (ultrasound or 3D mammogram) are best in detecting breast cancer. On October 5, 2015, the PBCC awarded Dr. Berg an extraordinary opportunity grant of $50,000 to jump-start the process. Her study was also chosen to receive a 2016 grant through the PBCC Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative – a fund comprised of taxpayer donations and private funding from anonymous donors and foundations.

Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Berg’s breast cancer screening research.

Every Pennsylvania taxpayer has the option to donate their state income tax refund directly to our Research Initiative on Line 32. By choosing Code A, you join our fight to end breast cancer. Didn’t get a refund? Click here to donate now. Our goal in 2016 is to establish an endowment fund for research that enables us to continue our important mission of finding a cure for breast cancer now… so our daughters won’t have to.

Making a Difference through 3D Mammogram Coverage in PA

Posted By on January 15th, 2016 at 9:59 am | 0 comments.

3d-mammogram-for-plAt our October Conference, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to include 3D mammogram coverage at no cost to women insured under PA law. Now, effective December 5, 3D mammograms are also available at no cost to women covered by Medicaid in our state. Incredible good news!

The PBCC spoke with Deputy Secretary of the Office of Medical Assistance Programs Leesa Allen about what you need to know and what this means for women’s health care Pennsylvania.  Click the play button below to learn more:

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Hot Flashes? Electroacupuncture Could be the Answer

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:22 am | 0 comments.

electroacupuncture-for-plA new study points to electroacupuncture as an effective treatment for hot flashes in women who received estrogen-targeted therapies for breast cancer. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied 120 breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes on a daily basis. After 8 weeks, the patients receiving electroacupuncture showed greater results than those taking common drugs used to treat the symptoms.

What is electroacupuncture? Electroacupuncture is a procedure in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents to the body. According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients say they experienced fewer hot flashes during the electroacupuncture than with other treatments.

To read the complete study results, click here.

 

What Do YOU Need to Know about Dense Breasts?

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:15 am | 0 comments.

woman with dense breasts for PLSo, you have dense breasts… what does that mean? What do you do now? A website, created by experts (including our 2015 Conference Pink Ribbon Awardee Dr. Wendie Berg) and breast cancer survivors, answers those questions and more. DenseBreast-Info.org provides visitors with a clear picture of breast density along with materials you may find helpful when talking with your doctor like a breast cancer risk checklist, a screening chart, educational videos and more.

DenseBreast-Info.org offers the latest information, images and frequently asked questions for women who may want to learn more about what it means to have dense breasts.
To visit the site for patients, click here
To visit the site for medical professionals, click here.

Affordable Care Act: Life Change and Your Coverage Status

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 12:16 pm | 0 comments.

Have you gotten married in the past 60 days? Had a baby? Lost healthcare coverage? If so, you may be eligible for a special enrollment periodHealth-Insurance-Marketplace for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment is currently closed, but life changes like a family move or new addition could qualify you to enroll for coverage in 2015.

Want to enroll?

Click here to fill out a short questionnaire and see if you qualify to enroll for health insurance coverage during the special enrollment period.  Questions? Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week and learn more about your options.

Free Mammograms, Breast Exams and Pap Tests Available in PA

Posted By on July 15th, 2015 at 10:52 am | 0 comments.

Woman getting mammogram2The HealthyWoman program provides FREE early detection services for breast and cervical cancer. This Pennsylvania Department of Health program for uninsured women is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To see if you are eligible, and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-215-7494. HealthyWoman offers screening mammograms, pelvic exams and Pap tests, and follow-up diagnostic care.
If you have health insurance but have high deductibles or co-pays for these tests, you may qualify for help through HealthyWoman. For more information, click here.