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10/20/08 09:17 pm - Breast Cancer Awareness - Mobile Mammography in AZ and breast cancer myths.

Assured Imaging Women's Wellness is a company that provides mobile digital mammography in Arizona. A friend recently showed me their website and I found it interesting, so thought I'd share some things I found there. I dig the mobile aspect, and according to the website the digital mammography feels the same as traditional mammography to the patient but is "up to 22% more accurate in the early detection of cancers in women with dense breast (ACRTN claim)".

Here's the page that talks about them and the technology: http://assuredwomenswellness.com/aboutus.php

Their website is nice and includes some good information. It's easy to navigate yourself, but here is a link to a page I really like, their "top 10 breast cancer myths": http://assuredwomenswellness.com/news-topten.php

You can still donate to support me in the 3-Day walk here. I need under $350 to reach my minimum.

10/13/08 02:52 pm - Breast Cancer Awareness - Videos re:self exams and one re:breast pap test.

Male breast exam.

Partner breast exam.

Specifics about how breast tissue feels and what to note during a breast exam. She talks here about a husband and wife, but it's relevant to anyone who is new to doing breast exams, whether on a partner or themselves.

This last video is not about manual breast exams. It's a news blurb about the Halo breast pap test.

Science Daily article about the breast pap.

Please donate to my 3-Day walk, proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and National Philanthropic Trust and support research, treatment, education and prevention of breast cancer.

10/10/08 09:46 am - Breast Cancer Awareness - "Chemotherapy 'Bomb'" article

From: "Chemotherapy 'Bomb' Developed in Cancer War"
By Bjorn Carey, LiveScience Staff Writer

Scientists have developed a cancer drug that kills with James Bond stealth.

It breaks its way into a cancer cell, seals the exit, cuts off the cell's blood supply, and then detonates a chemotherapy bomb.

All that without harming healthy cells. Tests show the crafty drug has safely treated specific cancers and prolonged survival in mice.

"The fundamental challenges in cancer chemotherapy are its toxicity to healthy cells and drug resistance by cancer cells," said Ram Sasisekharan of MIT's Biological Engineering Division and leader of the research team.

The new technique uses nanoparticles to create what scientists call a vascular shutdown.

"Once the supply lines are cut off, these nanoparticles are trapped in the tumor and you can unleash the chemotherapy agent," Sasisekharan told LiveScience. "These cells die and collapse."

Full article found here: http://www.livescience.com/health/050727_cancer_drug.html

Thanks to Maggie for passing this on.

Donate if you can, the walk is in 5 weeks. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and National Philanthropic Trust and one thing they support is research.

10/9/08 12:16 am - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

If I'd left work any earlier (or later), I'd not have seen those coyotes.

10/3/08 12:21 pm - Breast Cancer Awareness - facts from the 3-Day site.

Because I prefer to write my own thank you and fund raising e-mails, I have not looked at many of the pre-written e-mails and templates the 3-Day provides. However, today I sent out another follow-up fund raising e-mail to a bunch of people, including that if everyone on that distribution list were to donate about $10 (just under that, actually), I'd reach my minimum goal and be in the clear for walking. My mom donated $10 right away. My mom has been very generous and this is her 3rd donation, plus she just got the fund raising e-mail that had information in it, plus she's my mom so she already knows a lot of what's going on with me in general, including the walk progress. So I decided to look at the "Why We Walk" pre-written e-mail and found it to be a list of facts about breast cancer, the 3-Day and its beneficiaries. I sent it to her. Below I have cut and pasted the majority of the information as part of my October blogging for breast cancer awareness.


Breast Cancer Facts:

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.

One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States.

An estimated 40,460 women and 450 men will die from breast cancer in 2008.

Only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are due to heredity. The majority of women with breast cancer have no known significant family history or other known risk factors.

African Americans have the highest death rate from breast cancer of any racial/ethnic group in the United States.

Without a cure, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer - a devastating disease with physical, emotional, psychological and financial pain that can last a lifetime.

Without a cure, an estimated 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and more than 1 million could die - over the next 25 years.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Facts:

The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. Participants make a commitment to meet an individual fundraising goal of $2,200 and spend several months training to prepare for the event. They devote the entire three-day weekend to the cause.

Since its inception in 2003, more than $220 million has been raised through Breast Cancer 3-Day donations, contributions and sponsorships.

In 2006, the Breast Cancer 3-Day raised $86 million through donations, contributions and sponsorships. Of that, more than $61 million, representing 71% of funds raised, was invested in breast cancer research, education, and community outreach in 2006. The 71% return to charity exceeds the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Standards for Charity Accountability: www.give.org.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Beneficiaries:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting to end breast cancer.

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure® and the Breast Cancer 3-Day, the organization has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill its promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1.877.GO KOMEN.

National Philanthropic Trust
Fifteen percent of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefits the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund, a special field of interest fund that will provide support for breast cancer initiatives including research, treatment, prevention and education. The NPT Breast Cancer Fund is an endowment, which will ensure that the cause receives long-term, continuing support irrespective of gifting activities in years to come.

National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), the event manager, is an independent public charity dedicated to promoting and facilitating charitable giving by individuals, families and organizations while expanding their knowledge in the field of philanthropy.

Founded in 1996, NPT is one of the 100 largest charities in the United States with more than $675 million in assets under management. Since its inception, NPT has raised more than $1.2 billion in charitable assets, and made more than 22,500 grants to U.S. and international charities totaling $650 million. Led by a national board of trustees and a team of professionals with more than 100 years of combined philanthropic experience, NPT has proven expertise in the stewardship of charitable donations. For more information, visit www.nptrust.org.




9/29/08 01:37 pm - Breast Cancer Awareness - Thermography.

Thermography is an adjunct to mammography and is more effective in dense breast tissue - read: younger women. So young women with breast cancer in their families, like Maggie's coworker who is certain that she will develop breast cancer due to the fact that every single woman in her family ever has been diagnosed in her 20s, can be effectively screened for it.


Here's an excerpt from the link above.

Thermography is a physiological study. The infrared camera detects the heat (infrared radiation), which is emitted by the breast without physical contact with it (no compression) and without sending any signal (no radiation). This is a receiving mode only. It shows small, unilateral temperature increases, which are caused by an increased blood supply to cancer cells. Cancer cells have an ability to create new blood vessels to the effected area (neoangiogenesis) in order to satisfy the increased demand for nutrients resulting from the higher rate of growth and metabolic demands of the new colony. It was found that even a few thousand cancer cells (early stage of the disease) secrete Nitric Oxide; a powerful vasodilator, in order to achieve the same results.

Physiological changes can precede anatomical mammographic detection by seven to ten years, therefore, allowing us to react early in a preventative mode that may stop the development of overt cancer. The study is interpreted with the help of computer analysis of the 75,000 temperature pixels displayed in each of the 18 digital images that are taken in each study. The study can be interpreted as normal, low moderate or higher risk. A holistic protocol is then implemented in order to prevent the formation of overt cancer.

Some more links:



(To donate or for more information about the 3-Day walk, here are links to my personal 3-Day page: http://www.the3day.org/goto/Laura_Duncan & our team page: http://www.our3day.org)

9/22/08 03:17 pm - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Booked solid today! So much for laundry, but HOORAY for work!

9/21/08 09:42 pm - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Just over a mile left, can feel my left sciatic nerve being impinged & both big toes hurt. Looking forward to a hot bath & stretching.

9/5/08 07:44 pm - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Mom's internet broken. Can't respond to comments or read yr entries. Got sari blouse today & saw wowbagger in Much Ado in the rain. Having a great time! <3

9/4/08 05:46 am - Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)

Hirshhorn! Sculpture! Eee! Also, people get to walk through that garden every day on their way to work. How cool is that!
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