How to handle cancer during the holiday days.

It’s officially November and the holiday’s will be here before you know it. While the holidays are such a wonderful time of the year, it can create stress for anyone suffering from breast cancer. We’ve found some tips that can help.

Don’t be afraid to see friends, family, or co-workers over the holidays. We don’t encourage anyone celebrate the holidays alone during this time so always accept invitations from others if you have enough energy.

Change your holiday traditions that makes the most of your energy levels. Change up your usual traditions so you relieve yourself from some of the pressures of entertaining. For example, consider having a pot luck with family members.

Talk to your doctor about upcoming events. Be sure you tell your doctors about what events you want to attend. Also, it’s good to inform your health care members about your events because they may be able to be flexible about your appointments.

Don’t be afraid to express your feelings. Let your feelings out and talk to your loved ones. It will help you cope during the holidays.

Celebrate strengths you and your loved ones have developed. Many people who face the day to day challenges of breast cancer discover strengths and courage they didn’t know they had. Build on your strengths during the holidays.

5 Best Ways to Support a BFF Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

  1. Food: Remember, whenever going through breast cancer their appetite can be affected. Often, large heavy meals will seem unappealing. Try to provide your friend with smaller meals or mini meals. Try to think about hummus, veggies, cheese, and crackers.
  2. Maid: There is no shame in buying your friend a cleaning service. It will be one less thing they have to worry about.
  3. Yard: Here is another item that can be checked off their list if you can provide a moving service!
  4. Support Group: She may be shy to go to a support group alone so go with her!
  5. Fundraiser: If your friend is having a hard time paying bills then try starting a fundraiser for her!
  6. Mammogram: Show your support by getting a mammogram!

Breast Self-Awareness is not just checking your breast for a lump.

Breast Self-Awareness is not just checking your breast for a lump. It’s…

Know Your Risk

Your doctor has new tools to help identify women at high risk for breast cancer. Identify your risk factors for breast cancer and discuss them with your doctor:

  • Increasing age
  • Having a mother, sister, or daughter with breast cancer
  • Having a breast biopsy showing abnormal cells
  • Beginning your first period before age 12
  • Having a first child after age 30 or not ever having children

Get Screened

Have a yearly mammogram beginning at age 40. If you are under age 40 and have a family history of breast cancer or other concerns, discuss when to begin screening with your doctor

Know What is Normal For You

Know how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine your breasts monthly and report any changes to your doctor.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can
  • See your doctor yearly for a clinical breast examination

Contract Bridge Breast Network for more information

TEL (214) 821-3820

TEL (877) 258-1396

www.bridgebreast.org

North Texas Giving Day!

 

6am – Midnight, Thursday, September 14

Please join us in building a “bridge” of hope by donating $25 or more to The Bridge Breast Network during North Texas Giving Day on September 14, 2017 and your donation will be eligible for bonus funding. This will allow your dollars to go even further. For every dollar received in donations, The Bridge Breast Network is able to receive 10X the amount in medical services.

Follow These 3 Easy Steps to Donate:  

1.     Go to http://www.northtexasgivingday.org and serach for The Bridge Breast Network.

2.     Make a donation of $25 or more!

3.     Tell your friend using hashtag #NTxGivingDay

Let’s Make This Our Biggest Giving Day Yet!!!

Please forward this Email to Family and Friends and show your support for our mission. Every dollar counts in the fight against breast cancer.

P.S. – SCHEDULED GIVING OPENS SEPTEMBER 7

Not avaliable on September 14? No worries! Schedule your gifts to The Bridge Breast Network between September 7 and September 13.

 

 

12 Signs Of Breast Cancer Everyone Must Know!

Today, we are sharing key signs of breast cancer and how you can look for those signs. Remember, a lump by no means cancer. However, you should be checking your breasts regularly.

An image created by Corrine Ellsworth Beaumont, founder of the charity Worldwide Breast Cancer, has gone viral after being shared by a cancer patient on Facebook

Thick mass: A sudden thickening of the breast tissue can be a sign of a serious underlying condition such as lobular or inflammatory breast cancer

Indentation: Some people notice a dip, or dent, in the breast. This can be because the cancer is tethered to the breast tissue and so pulls it inwards

Skin erosion: In rare cases cancer that is growing under the skin can break through and create a wound

Heat or redness: If the breast feels warm to touch or there’s redness one-third of the breast, it can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer

New fluid: Spontaneous nipple discharge on one side, which may be blood stained, brown or clear, might mean there is something in the breast that is causing irritation

Dimpling: Dimpled skin is a common sign of inflammatory breast cancer

Bump: A localized swelling, bulge or bump on the breast should always be investigated

Growing vein: Changes such as dilated veins can be a sign that cancer is blocking a blood vessel

Retracted nipple: Developing an inverted nipple – i.e. not being born with one – which can’t be drawn out, may suggest a lump behind the nipple is pulling it in.

New shape or size: Any change in shape or size not associated with the menstrual cycle should be investigated

Orange peel skin: Skin that has ridges or appears pitted, like the skin of an orange, can be caused by a build-up of fluid in the breast

Invisible lump:  Even there are many other symptoms, it’s crucial to always check your breasts for lumps. A cancerous lump often feels hard and immovable like a lemon seed

Thank you for the informative graphics KnowYourLemons.Com.

Part Two: Foods That Can Fight Breast Cancer!

We all know to stay away from cigarettes to prevent lung cancer and to stay away from the sun to prevent skin cancer. However, there are many ways to help prevent breast cancer through your diet. Foods full of antioxidants and if they are considered to be superfoods can really help fight diseases like breast cancer. We know it’s important to get yearly mammograms, but eating a really healthy diet can be the key to breast cancer prevention.

“New studies have found that eating a plant-based diet, low alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy body weight significantly reduces the risk for breast cancer,” Sarah Mirkin, RD a registered dietician and nutritionist tells Bustle over email. “Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals which protect the body from cancer growth. These foods are also anti-inflammatory, which reduces cancer risk.” *

Try adding these foods to help keep you strong, healthy, and it will help prevent breast cancer.

  1. Garlic-. “Garlic’s active ingredients allicin and the enzyme allinase have strong antioxidant properties,” says Mirkin.
  2. Turmeric-“Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties and its active ingredient curcumin inhibits breast cancer growth,” says Mirkin.
  3. Walnuts-“Walnuts contain disease-fighting omega-3 fatty acids as well as phytosterols that have been shown to prevent breast cancer and stop tumor growth,” says Mirkin.
  4. Olive Oil-This pol has a great source of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  5. Green Tea-“Green tea contains compounds called catechins that may stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent cellular mutation that contribute to cancer growth,” says Mirkin.

*Quotes from Bustle.com

Part One: Foods That Can Fight Breast Cancer!

We all know to stay away from cigarettes to prevent lung cancer and to stay away from the sun to prevent skin cancer. However, there are many ways to help prevent breast cancer through your diet. Foods full of antioxidants and if they are considered to be superfoods can really help fight diseases like breast cancer. We know it’s important to get yearly mammograms, but eating a really healthy diet can be the key to breast cancer prevention.

“New studies have found that eating a plant-based diet, low alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy body weight significantly reduces the risk for breast cancer,” Sarah Mirkin, RD a registered dietician and nutritionist tells Bustle over email. “Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals which protect the body from cancer growth. These foods are also anti-inflammatory, which reduces cancer risk.” *

Try adding these foods to help keep you strong, healthy, and it will help prevent breast cancer.

  1. Berries-“Berries are rich in ellagic acid, an antioxidant that destroy cancer causing substances and slow tumor growth,” says DR. Mirkin.
  2. Cruciferous Vegetables-These veggies contain phytochemicals called glucosinates that activate protective enzymes in the body that help fight off cancer. “These phytochemicals also shift estrogen metabolism so that it doesn’t drive breast cancer,” says Mirkin.
  3. Sweet Potatoes-“Orange fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant, may protect cell membranes from toxin damage and slow the growth of cancer cells,” says Mirkin. Sweet Potatoes are full of carotenoids that help prevent cancer.
  4.  Apples-Apples are full of antioxidants and they fight off free radicals. It’s also anti-inflammatory that can help reduce the size of a tumor.
  5. Fish-Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation in the body, according to WebMD. “Studies suggest inflammation is linked to breast cancer,” says Mirkin.

*Quotes from Bustle.com

Reducing your risk of breast cancer!

There are variety of reasons on how you can develop breast cancer. There are variety of things you can’t about it like gene’s, age, but don’t forget your lifestyle has a big part on your risk. There are some things you can change to really reduce your risk! Having a healthy lifestyle can’t help reduce that risk, but remember there are no guarantees!

We know that a big proportion of breast cancers can be linked to lifestyle and you can reduce that risk by limiting alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, and being active! Here are some facts you should know:

  1. 30 minutes or 3.5 a week of exercise can reduce your risk of breast cancer by at least 20%.10 individual activities
    • Brisk walk in the park
    • Join a running club
    • Go for a bike ride
    • Go for a swim
    • Do an exercise video
    • A quick gym session
    • Try a new exercise class
    • Try power yoga2
    • Try a park boot camp
    • Give Zumba a go

    10 group or family activities

    • Have a dance contest with the kids
    • Play tennis or badminton with friends
    • Play a round of golf
    • Take family and friends tenpin bowling
    • Learn a new type of dance
    • Actively play with kids
    • Go on a group hike
    • Take the family ice-skating
    • Get the family out biking
    • Play football in the garden

    10 day-to-day activities

    • Brisk walk to work or the shops
    • Push a baby buggy, pram or wheelchair
    • Mow the lawn
    • Do some gardening
    • Wash (and wax) the car
    • Get vacuuming
    • Paint and decorate a room
    • Clear away leaves or sweep the paths
    • Walk up the stairs
    • Take the dog for a walk
  2. Regularly drinking alcohol (even one a day) increases your risk of developing breast cancer.The amount of alcohol in a drink can be measured in units. Some drinks have more alcohol in them than others:*Units of alcohol chart

    We can show this in the chart below. This shows how many women out of 100 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, depending on how much they drink.*

    For example:

    • In a group of 100 women who do not drink, about 11 will probably develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
    • In contrast, in a group of 100 women who drink two units of alcohol a day (that’s a standard glass of wine), about 14 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
    • Therefore, drinking two units a day causes about three extra women out of every 100 to develop breast cancer.

    Breast cancer risk graph

  3. A healthy weight throughout your life, you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer even after the menopause.

    Breast cancer risk in women over 50 by body mass index (BMI)*

    Number of women out of 100 who will probably develop breast cancer gradually increases as BMI increases from <22.5 (7 out of 100) to >30 (11 or 12 out of 100)

If you have anymore questions about these topics then please come by our clinic and ask any of our members about what your risk could be like.

*Charts from http://breastcancernow.org/

10 Steps For Getting Great Support!

Today, we are going to share 10 steps for getting great support for those suffering from breast cancer.

  1. Surround yourself around those who are willing to listen.
  2. Be open. People are going to be afraid of asking you too many questions.
  3. Try to avoid those who make you feel uneasy.
  4. Ask those who have been through something similar. They will have resources you can use.
  5. Sometimes it’s hard for people to just only listen so ask them to do just that.
  6. Always be specific on what your current needs are.
  7. Also, be specific on what you don’t need.
  8. Never be afraid to ask for help.
  9. Contact center’s who are there to help those suffering from breast cancer.
  10. Finally, take your time to get through this. It’s not an overnight process.

Keep A Healthy Weight To Avoid Breast Cancer!

There has been many studies that share your risk of breast cancer can be lowered by regular exercise. American Cancer Society and doctors are now recommending that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and those who haven’t, exercise on a daily basis! Also, being overweight can increase your risk of breast cancer and many other cancers, and it can even increase your risk of it coming back.

We’ve seen exercising regularly and keeping a healthy weight are extremely important factors to those suffering from breast cancer. It’s very important to incorporate these factors to keep your recurrence low:

  • exercise
  • weight
  • diet
  • smoking
  • alcohol

The results showed being active decreased the potential risk of breast cancer coming back by 40%! However, we know finding time to exercise from treatments, family, work, chores, and more, can be really hard.

We suggest for you to break up your routine into 20-45 sessions and we believe is a great way to start. Walking is still a great form of exercise. There are so many ways to do this!

  1. Walk before work
  2. Walk during your lunch break
  3. Park further away from your building
  4. Walk with a buddy

It’s all about keeping a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and  doing things that keep stress levels at a minimum. Exercise will keep your mental health in great shape as well. Age never defines when you can start becoming active. Get moving now.