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					Breast Cancer Awareness
       Workshop


    Sponsored by Y-ME


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Workshop Goals
Reduce fear
Separate fact from fiction
Learn things you can do




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Workshop Topics

  What is Y-ME?
  Some Statistics
  What Causes Breast Cancer?
  What is Early Detection?
  Some Facts



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What is Y-ME?

 Provides support for
  persons concerned or
  diagnosed with breast
  cancer
 Educates the general public
  about breast cancer



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Some Statistics: The Bad News
1 in 8 women who reach 85 will develop
 breast cancer
192,000 new cases in 2001 (1% in men)
Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed
 with breast cancer; every 13 minutes a
 woman dies
Second leading cancer killer of women
Overall leading killer of women 40 -- 55



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Some Statistics: The Good
News
 80% of breast lumps are benign
 90% of early stage breast cancers
  are curable, often with breast
  conserving treatments
 Less than 5% of breast cancer
  occurs in women <40
 Over 2 million breast cancer
  survivors

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Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Unavoidable
  Age
  Personal history
  Family history
  Hormonal history
  Radiation
Possibly Avoidable
  Alcohol
  Obesity
  Diet
  Exercise
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How Breast Cancer Progresses
Non-invasive
 (in situ)                             Lobules


Early invasive
 (local)                   Nipple

Node involvement
 (regional)
Metatastic                                      .
 (systemic)               Ducts



                           Can Be Picked Up
                            By Mammogram


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What You Can (and should) Do
   Mammography


   Clinical exam by health
    professional


   Breast self exam

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Breast Self Exam

    Video Tape
    Practice makes perfect




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Treatment Options

 Surgery
   Lumpectomy
   Mastectomy
   Reconstruction
 Radiation Therapy
 Systemic Treatment
   Chemotherapy
   Hormonal Therapy

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    Paradoxes
                           BUT
 Knowledge is power      Only if it’s based in sound
                           information
   Confidence in your    You should seek second
    doctor is important    opinions
   Everyone’s experience It helps to talk with some-
    is unique              one who’s been there
   Guidelines should be  They’re likely to change
    followed
                        
    Ignorance may be bliss Not in the long term
    in the short term

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Dealing With The
Medical Establishment

Take responsibility for your own health
Be assertive about what you need—e.g.,
  Time & respect
  Balanced information
  Holistic approach—whole body & mind
Bring someone with you
Bring written questions



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Information &
Information Overload
Only you know what you’re ready to
 absorb
Lots of news in papers & magazines
Great peer counseling resource
  National Y-ME Hotline: 800 221-2141
Great paperback resource:
  Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
Lots of Internet resources
  www.Y-ME.org


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Things to Remember
Cancer is not a death sentence
80% of breast lumps are benign (non-
 cancerous)
90% of early stage breast cancer is
 curable, often with breast conserving
 treatments
We do not know how to prevent breast
 cancer
Our only weapon is early detection


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Things to Remember
  There are three things you can do
   to detect breast cancer early and
   improve the prognosis
    Have regular mammograms
    Have regular clinical breast exams
    Practice breast self exams
  There is support and help when
   needed


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