Hispanics have less than a 10 percent lifetime risk of developing breast cancer when compared to 13 percent for non-Hispanic whites and 11 percent for African Americans. A study led by a team at the University of California, San Francisco may have found why Latinas have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. There is a genetic variation that is common in Hispanic women with indigenous American ancestry that appears to lower the risk of breast cancer.
The genetic variation may work by decreasing breast density or affecting the production of estrogen receptors. Women who carry one copy of the variant were 40 percent less likely to develop breast cancer and those with two copies had double that level of protection. The risk was especially low for estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer, which is an aggressive form. This genetic variant may lower the risk of breast cancer, but is not the “silver bullet” because some women with the variant still get breast cancer. Marc Hurlbert, the executive director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade is quoted in saying that this study is important because “if we can understand how this is protective, it might help us to develop better treatments for those who do get breast cancer.”
To read the complete study, click here.
FRIENDS ARE BY YOUR SIDE is a nonprofit organization, uniting salon owners who share the mission to help women and children going through cancer treatment. Stylists and beauty industry experts donate wigs and salon services, and grant children’s wishes. The website lists salons across the country (and beyond!) participating in the program, including 20 salons in Pennsylvania.
For more information on Friends Are By Your Side, visit the website here.
Great news! We are proud to announce that, this past week, The White House recognized our PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy as one of 2014’s Champions of Change! The Champions of Change program honors ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities. Pat received the distinction for her unparalleled work advocating for women’s health care and insurance coverage.
Pat was featured as a speaker on the White House Champions of Change panel, discussing the Affordable Care Act and Pennsylvania’s Free Treatment program for breast cancer.
Congratulations, Pat! If you would like to send Pat a message, click here.
Pat Halpin-Murphy, PBCC President and Founder
Thousands of women are alive today, thanks to Dr. Kevin Fox.
Dr. Fox’s expertise and compassion shines through in his patients at the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. For his excellence in oncology, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition will award Dr. Fox with the Potamkin Prize at the 2014 Conference on October 13 in Harrisburg. We hope you will join us in acknowledging the exceptional care he has provided to women in Pennsylvania for decades.
Dr. Fox will also present the PBCC Conference Plenary Workshop Session. Don’t miss it!
Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Fox and his incredible work with breast cancer patients across the state.
To register for the 2014 PBCC Conference, click here.
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition invites you to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with us Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am in Harrisburg at the State Capitol East Wing Fountain. Together we will turn the Fountain pink in honor of survivors and families fighting breast cancer across our state. Can you be there?
Throughout the entire month of October, the fountain will serve as a reminder to all women of the importance of good breast health and the need for annual mammograms. Over the years, the pink fountain has also become a beacon of hope for the hundreds of thousands of survivors across the Commonwealth that one day we will find a cure for breast cancer… so our daughters won’t have to. This event is made possible by the incredible support of the PA Department of General Services.
Color it Pink with the PBCC on Wednesday, October 1 at 11:00am outside the State Capitol East Wing Fountain on Commonwealth Avenue. We hope to see you there!
Pink Apple Wheat Beer. Spending time outside. A buffet dinner. Live music. Have we caught your attention yet? Then join us at Snitz Creek Brewery in Lebanon on September 28th for “Party for the PINK of It!” a 5k fun run/1 mile walk event, followed by dinner, brews and music at the brewery. Proceeds from the event benefit PBCC and our work for breast cancer survivors and their families across the state. Want to go?
To register, click here.
Proceeds from the event benefit PBCC and our work for breast cancer survivors and their families across the state. Registration is only $35 for adults ($15 for children) and includes access to the entire event—including 2 beers or sodas on the house. It all gets started at 4PM—so grab the entire family and join us to Party for the PINK of It!.
Effective January 1, more than 400,000 low-income Pennsylvania residents will be eligible to receive new healthcare coverage through Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have approved an expansion of Medicaid through an amended version of the Healthy PA program for Pennsylvanians who meet certain income criteria. Who does the new ruling cover?
Medicaid expansion covers individuals and families with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level. For example, a single Pennsylvania resident earning less than $16,105 will qualify to receive free coverage. A family of two earning less than $21,707 would also benefit from the expanded coverage.
Enrollment for coverage under the Healthy PA expansion will open December 1 and effective January 1. The coverage can be retroactive to help with medical bills incurred in the past three months prior.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s expansion of Medicaid click here.
Scientists in Israel say they have developed the first blood test for the early detection of breast cancer. This test is called Octavia Pink and is currently available in Israel and Italy. What about here in the U.S.?
In the U.S., Octavia Pink is undergoing clinical trials in order to receive FDA approval. The test works by looking at antibodies in the blood. In addition to this test, EventusDx has developed a new technology that can process 96 blood samples at one time and takes no more than 3 hours. This technology allows a woman’s doctor to rule out or confirm a diagnosis very quickly. Researchers say the Octavia Pink test has proven to be more accurate at detecting breast cancer than mammograms. Results of the Israeli study show that the test correctly diagnosed 95% of healthy women and 75% of women with breast cancer.
To read the complete article, click here.