We are proud to announce the 2012 Save the Ta-tas Foundation Scholarship Contest winners. Save the Ta-tas Foundation and Amoena are honored to support their educational pursuits; we know these wonderful survivors will go on to great things and make a better world.
First Prize Winners
Second Prize Winner
$250 BookRenter Textbook Rental
Raeleen Whitt Thrid Prize Winners
$50 Value Gift Package;
SAVE THE TA-TAS & HAPPY CHEMO NETWORK TOGETHER TO OFFER INSPIRATION
When I learned about a company called Happy Chemo I had to make a call to introduce myself and see what they were all about. The founder, Ginger answered the phone and she shared her story and her vision, I was transfixed by her serene, beautiful look at life and how she not only wanted to help people but that she intends to reach every cancer patient in America. Save the ta-tas became a network partner that week.
Here is Gingers story
My journey with breast cancer began on one of the scariest days of the year Halloween. I remember it clearly. I was 31 years old, the mother of 2 and 5 months pregnant. Yeah...Scary. To say I was shocked would be a understatement. I was young and healthy with no history of breast cancer in my family. I'm too young to have cancer... right?!!
Understanding genetics is beneficial in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment for hereditary diseases such as cancer. All living things inherit certain traits from their parents. For instance, if both parents are short, or vertically challenged, their offspring have a much higher chance of not playing on the basketball team.
Sadly no slam dunks in their future. Just as if both parents are highly intelligent and aesthetically gifted, such as mine for instance, then its likely that their first born, yours truly, will be too. See how genes work! These aspects can also work against you, as in the case of diseases and cancer.
Everything is based on statistics. Aside the multitude of oncologists that you meet when first diagnosed with breast cancer, there will likely be a Genetics Counselor in the mix as well. This is an important step in recognizing individualized risks of obtaining breast, ovarian or other cancers that can stem directly from relatives. They will likely explain the importance of the BRCA testing. The BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 are human genes that belong to a class called tumor suppressors. Mutations in the genes increase a womans risk of developing breast, ovarian or other cancers in her lifetime.
BRCA1 stands for breast cancer susceptibility 1 or 2. In normal cells, these two genes help ensure the stability of a cells genetic material (DNA) and help prevent uncontrollable cell growth. Mutated BRCAs have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.
If one person tests positive for carrying the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutated gene, they would have an 80% chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer later. Its most informative to first have a BRCA gene test from someone who already is diagnosed with breast cancer. It can then be determined later whether any other family member should proceed on assessing the hereditary mutation risk. The BRCA gene test costs roughly $3500.00. Ouch! Yes, you read correctly. On top of that, most insurance providers do not cover this test. Sadly that is the case and we'll leave that discussion for another time.
The Save the Ta-tas Quilt Auction ends this October.
This may be your last chance to bid, there are only six quilts left! When you bid don't forget that the full amount of the purchase, less listing fees, will go to the Save the Ta-tas Foundation.
Your help empowers us to fund life saving research in the struggle against breast cancer so bid early and bid often!
Help us promote breast cancer awareness by sharing your tweets, photos and pins with all of your friends in the social spaces. And check out our gallery to see photos from others who say, "Screw Cancer!"
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Health Tips of the month
CAR EXHAUST AND SOY: two ways for you to reduce your risk.
Minimize Car Exhaust
PAHs in vehicle exhaust are a breast cancer risk factor, particularly at certain vulnerable moments in life. Here's how to minimize your exposure.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (known as PAHs) are products of incineration found in air pollution, vehicle exhaust (particularly diesel), tobacco, smoke and grilled foods.
Exposures to PAHs, especially from vehicle exhaust and gasoline fumes, have been linked with increased incidence of breast cancer in both women and men.
Eat Soy (But Not Too Much)
Natural plant-based estrogens in soy may provide healthy benefits in low doses, but may be a risk factor for breast cancer in higher doses.
Plant estrogens, also called phytoestrogens, are natural compounds found in many foods. There are two main groups: the isoflavones and the lignans. Isoflavones, which include genistein, are found in soy beans and are the most widely studied of the phytoestrogens. Lignans are found in flaxseed, cereals, fruits, and berries. Phytoestrogens are strikingly similar in chemical structure to the common estrogen estradiol and and can mimic many of the effects of the natural hormone.