October 2007

In this Issue: Health Care Feature | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Feature Articles

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment – What form it takes under healthcare reform is up to you!

This guest editorial is written by Christine Granger, Executive Director of the Northern California Affiliate of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. For women in California aged 65 and younger, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  Nearly 20,000 Californians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone and more than 4,200 will die from the disease.

As we celebrate and educate during breast cancer awareness month it is important to pay attention to how the current health care reform proposals will affect breast cancer screening and treatment.  How will these decisions affect the many people suffering from this disease today and our daughters and granddaughters who will be diagnosed with it in the coming years? Read more about Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment...



Member Spotlight

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, Northern California Affiliate

The mission of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.

Y-ME was founded in Chicago in 1978 and has since grown to a network of information and support resources in 15 sites nationwide. Among the programs offered by Y-ME and their affiliates are the National Breast Cancer Hotline, Match Programs for patients and their families, the Wig & Prosthesis Bank, early detection, teen programs and programs for medically underserved women.

Y-ME does not raise money for research, choosing to place their focus on those currently affected with breast cancer by providing emotional support and information about breast cancer, procedures and treatment options.




CPAT Health Disparities Luncheon
San Diego
October 30

Be sure to check out the CPAT Calendar of Events to find out about upcoming partner conferences, seminars, fundraisers, and other activities in your area. If you would like your event listed, please contact Janet at


Welcome New Members!


In the News

New Clues to Breast Cancer Development in High-risk Women
Science Daily, September 11, 2007

Physicians who treat women with the breast cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1 often remove their patients’ ovaries to eliminate the source of estrogen they believe fuels cancer growth. Yet they also know that anti-estrogen therapies don't work to treat breast or ovarian cancer that might develop. Read more...

Why the silence on cancer?
Although cancer has touched the lives of several presidential candidates, the disease is almost a dead subject.
LA Times, September 9, 2007

Cancer annually kills about 560,000 Americans, and it remains the No. 1 killer of people under 85. Yet the leading 2008 presidential candidates, as in previous electoral cycles, have been relatively silent on how they would lead a fight against the disease. None of them has made research funding and treatment of the disease a signature issue despite the fact that cancer has affected nearly half of the candidates' lives. Read more...

Gene May Influence Breast Cancer-Estrogen Link
Targeting this DNA might improve treatment, researchers say
HealthDay, September 17, 2007

U.S. researchers say they've found a gene that plays a crucial role in the ability of breast cancer cells to respond to estrogen which may lead to improved therapies for hormone-responsive breast cancer and help explain differences in the effectiveness of current treatments. Read more...

Workouts a Boon for Breast Cancer Patients
Exercise, yoga improve quality of life, even chemotherapy compliance, studies find
HealthDay, September 6, 2007

Exercise may be the last thing breast cancer patients want to do, especially if they're fatigued. But workouts can improve quality of life, boost self-esteem during a difficult time, and even help women get through their chemotherapy treatments on schedule, two new studies find. Read more...


Interesting Information

Breast Cancer Awareness

Factors that may increase your risk of breast cancer:

  • age – risk increases as you get older
  • genetic predisposition
  • family or personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • starting your period at a young age and/or starting menopause after 55
  • prolonged use of hormone replacement therapy or birth control
  • obesity or post-menopausal weight gain

Breast cancer racial and ethnic differences:

  • breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States
  • breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among nearly every racial and ethnic group
  • rates of developing and dying from the disease differ among ethnic groups. Some of the reasons for these differences include possible differences in specific risk factors, differences in the biology of the breast cancer or differences in breast cancer screening rates

A woman’s chance of getting breast cancer increases with age.  Chance by age is:

  • age 20 - 1 in 1,985
  • age 30 - 1 in 229
  • age 40 - 1 in 68
  • age 50 - 1 in 37
  • age 60 - 1 in 26
  • age 70 - 1 in 24
  • age 80??? - 1 in 8

Source: American Cancer Society Surveillance Research, 2005.


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