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Breast Cancer and Cholesterol: What’s the Connection?

Posted By on February 17th, 2014 at 8:55 am | 0 comments.

cholesterol-screening-pic-for-webMany researchers thought there was no link between breast cancer and cholesterol but a new study published in the Breast Cancer Research Journal shows they may be connected.  Scientists at Johns Hopkins University looked at patients with high levels of HDL (“good’ cholesterol”).  Here’s what they found…

They found that those high levels can increase a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer cells.  The researchers also discovered that women who have high levels of HDL may have a greater risk of developing more aggressive types of breast cancer.

Researchers are now working on ways to block HDL receptors within the breast cancer cells in order to prevent the elevated risk.  Doctors recommend checking in with your primary care physician to ensure both “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels are in the normal range.

To read more on this study, click here: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/breastcancer/what-do-cholesterol-and-breast-cancer-have-do-one-another

Researchers: Breast Cancer Drug Cuts Risk in Half

Posted By on January 15th, 2014 at 8:38 am | 0 comments.

pill-bottles-for-webA clinical trial performed by Queen Mary University of London has found that taking the drug Anastrozole decreases the risk of breast cancer by 53% in high-risk, postmenopausal women.  Around 4,000 women from 18 countries were involved in the study and these women took the drug for five years.  So, what does “high-risk” mean?

Women were considered high-risk if they had certain types of benign breast disease, two or more blood relatives with the disease, a sister/mother who developed breast cancer before age 50, or had a sister/mother with breast cancer in both breasts.

Anastrozole works by stopping the body from making estrogen, a hormone that fuels the growth of many breast cancers.  This study revealed that anastrozole is more effective than tamoxifen, one of two drugs FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention, and has fewer side effects.  Researchers working on the study recommend that anastrozole be added to the recommended drugs for women who are predisposed to developing breast cancer.
To read the complete study, click here.

Got a Giving Spirit? You’re Probably Good-Looking, Too…

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am | 0 comments.

heart-in-hands-image-for-webWhen it comes to donating your money or time to a charity of choice, do you ever wonder – what’s in it for you? According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal by Arthur Brooks, studies show that donors to charity are happier, healthier and handsome than those who choose not to give.

Researchers at the University of Chicago found that happiness and generosity go hand-in-hand.  Charitable givers are 43% more likely to say they are “very happy” when compared to nongivers.  The same goes for volunteering to nonprofits.  Scientists at the University of Buffalo studied hundreds of volunteers, finding that their charity work significantly lowered the association between stressful life events and death.

Dutch and British researchers surveyed students, showing them one of three videos featuring a handsome actor.  Those who saw the video of that actor donating to charity, the more good-looking he appeared.

According to the study, you can’t afford not to give, whether it’s a monetary donation or the donation of your time.  Take some time to support the causes you’re passionate about this holiday season.  You’ll be better off for it.

To read Arthur Brooks’ Wall Street Journal article in its entirety, click here.

Study: Many Southeastern PA Women Skipping Mammograms

Posted By on December 16th, 2013 at 8:29 am | 0 comments.

woman-getting-mammogram-imageThe Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) conducted an annual survey of women in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, asking how long it had been since their last clinical breast exam/mammogram.  The findings were startling…

A clinical exam is a physical examination performed by a qualified doctor or nurse that looks for lumps or changes in the breast.  A mammogram is an x-ray that will produce an image of the breast that can detect lumps.  The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and clinical breast exams every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and older.

The survey revealed that one-third of women in Southeastern Pennsylvania did not receive an annual preventative breast health screening (mammogram) in the past year.  One-third of women 18 years or older did not have a clinical breast exam in the past year.  Four in ten women ages 40 years or older did not have a mammogram in the past year.  Women 75 and older were the most likely to have missed a mammogram in the past year (44%), followed by women 60-74 (30%).
Asian women 40 years and older were more likely to have forgone a mammogram in the past year (52%), compared to White and Latina women (38%), versus Black women (30%), and women of another race/ethnicity (45%).  These statistics based on race were similar for mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Poverty level and access to care were also evaluated in this study.  Women 40 years and older who were below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level were more likely not to have had a mammogram in the past year (41%) compared to women who lived above the poverty level. (36%).   Women 18 years and older who did not have a regular source of care were twice as likely as women with a regular source of care to have forgone a breast exam in the past year.  Uninsured women 40+ were three times more likely to not have had a mammogram in the past year than those who were insured.

PHMC released this data as an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer and to encourage early detection.  The results have clearly found that many women in Southeastern Pennsylvania have forgone an annual preventative breast health screening in the past year.

Click here to read the complete article on this study.

YOU Made it Happen! Governor Corbett has Signed the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act into Law!

Posted By on November 15th, 2013 at 8:42 am | 0 comments.

PBCC Staff and Governor ImageEarly detection saves lives. That’s why November 1, 2013 was such an important day for the women of Pennsylvania. As a perfect conclusion to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Governor Tom Corbett signed the PBCC’s Breast Density Notification Act into law, requiring mammography facilities to notify women and their physicians of their breast density.

This life-saving legislation, sponsored by Sen. Robert Mensch, brings attention to dense breast tissue and what it can mean. That dense tissue can increase a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at a later, more dangerous, less treatable stage. Many women with dense breast tissue do not know they have it, and a mammogram may not be enough to detect a lump or irregularity in the breast. The Breast Density Notification Act will change that. Now, mammography facilities will be required to alert their patients who have dense breast tissue and possibly offer information on additional screening options.

Thank you to the courageous women who were diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer because of their dense tissue who stood up and shared their brave stories with us over the past year. The PBCC also thanks Sen. Robert Mensch, Rep. Karen Boback, Rep. Matthew Baker, Rep. Mike Turzai and Rep. Frank Dermody for their leadership in the unanimous passage of the Breast Density Notification Act.

Thank you all for turning awareness into action!

The Breast Density Notification Act would not have passed without the support of our brave breast cancer survivors. Cindy Spinello of Union County was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer last year. She had dense breasts and she didn’t know it. So, she decided to take action.

Click on the VIDEO below to hear more about her courageous journey to make an impact and what this legislation means for women in Pennsylvania.

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Pink Gloves and Pride: Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s Viral Video Wins National Award

Posted By on November 13th, 2013 at 2:41 pm | 0 comments.

Pink Glove Dance imageAfter hours and hours of filming, costume changes, roller coaster rides and even roller-skating surgeons, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance viral video has taken second place!  For the second year in a row, the hospital submitted a video featuring its staff wearing pink gloves to a national campaign.  Thousands of viewers voted online for hundreds of video submissions and Penn State raised $10,000 for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition!

The Pink Glove Dance was created by Medline Industries, Inc., a nationwide medical supply company to promote breast cancer awareness while allowing cancer organizations to earn money for their programs and services.  Last year, Penn State entered the competition for the first time and won $5,000 for the PBCC.  This year, the medical center placed second and raised more than $12,000 total to support the PBCC and breast cancer survivors across the state.  THANK YOU PENN STATE HERSHEY!

If you didn’t get a chance to watch Penn State Hershey’s award-winning video, click here.  

JOB ALERT: The PBCC is Hiring a Part-Time, Temporary Office Assistant/Intern

Posted By on October 23rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm | 0 comments.

PA Breast Cancer Coalition Logo Place FillerThe Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is offering a wide range of experience in all aspects of non-profit operations and programming, public relations and event management through assisting the Executive Director, Community Outreach Director, Program Coordinator and other PBCC staff as needed.

Duties may include, but are not be limited to:
•    Work on the PBCC’s statewide educational and outreach programs:
o    Annual educational conference
o    Refunds for Research program
o    Traveling photo exhibit
o    Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby
o    Friends Like Me
o    Legislative advocacy initiatives
•    Assist with and attend grassroots partner events and activities (potentially on weekends/evening)
•    Interact with local event committees, state agencies, legislative contacts, and media
•    Assist all staff with general office work as needed

Applicants should possess:
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    Experience using Microsoft Office (Adobe InDesign experience preferred, but not required)
•    Ability to work independently and in a team setting
•    Excellent project management and organizational skills

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition is located at 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA.  It was founded in 1993 and is the only statewide grassroots organization in Pennsylvania that speaks to and for breast cancer survivors.

The PBCC’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer and to improve the quality of breast cancer education, research and outreach in the state.

Go to www.PABreastCancer.org  to learn more about the organization.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Jennifer Pensinger,  Executive Director
jobs@pabreastcancer.org

This position has flexible hours. It can be for 20-28 hours per week and pays $10 an hour.   This is a temporary position funded through October 31, 2014.

Tomorrow Night! Join us for the PBCC’s Ribbon Cutting and Open House!

Posted By on September 16th, 2013 at 8:57 am | 0 comments.

Staff Photo for Open House2013 has been a year of new beginnings for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  Not only are we celebrating our 20th Anniversary, the PBCC has also moved to a new headquarters in Lebanon!  We welcome anyone interested in meeting our staff to our ribbon cutting ceremony and open house tomorrow night.  Will we see you there?
Open House will be held Tuesday, September 17th from 5-8pm in the PBCC’s statewide headquarters at 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B in Lebanon, PA.  The event will begin with an official Ribbon Cutting event by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.  A reception will follow featuring light refreshments.  The event is free and open to the public.  To RSVP, please call 800-377-8828 or email Alyssa@PABreastCancer.org.  We hope to see you tomorrow!