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October 19, 1999 - Volume 1, Issue 1


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Comprehensive Information on Breast Cancer and Breast Health Issues

IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, October 19, 1999:

1. In the News:
- Doctor with breast cancer rescued from South Pole ...
After two days of waiting for temperatures to rise to minus fifty-eight degrees Celsius (seventy-two degrees below zero Fahrenheit), a United States National Guard LC-130 cargo plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from the South Pole. Through satellite consultation with U.S. doctors, Dr. Nielsen had recently diagnosed herself with breast cancer and was undergoing oral chemotherapy using medical supplies air-dropped by cargo planes last July.

- New study on early high-dose chemotherapy reveals improved breast cancer survival ...
A recent study led by Dr. David A. Rizzieri of Duke University Medical Center revealed that the early use of high-dose chemotherapy and other aggressive treatment of metastatic breast cancer may significantly improve a patient’s outcome, compared to standard-dose chemotherapy.

- FDA approves SENSABILITY, breast self-examination pad...
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a non-prescription breast self-examination (BSE) pad for at-home use.

- FDA approves ELLENCE, a new breast cancer treatment...
Data shows ELLENCE reduces risk of death and cancer recurrence in women with early breast cancer; could save thousands of lives each year.

2. Breast Cancer Awareness Month - October 1999
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death in women today and is the most common cancer among women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 1999 approximately 175,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.

3. The Right Way to Perform a Breast Self-examination (BSE)
While most women are aware of breast self-examination (BSE), many still don't know how to do it properly. Performing BSE incorrectly can be almost as bad as not doing it all since it may give one a false sense of security. Correctly performing BSE permits the detection of some early changes and small lumps in the breast and may find cancers missed by mammogram.

4. Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Many factors can influence a woman's risk of getting breast cancer, but having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean that a woman will get breast cancer. Risk factors for breast cancer include both those that can not be changed such as genetics and age, and those that can be changed such as lifestyle.

5. Guidelines and Warning Signs for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Early detection of breast cancer can lead to greater likelihood of cure. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in women who show no symptoms of breast cancer.

6. Breast Cancer and Breast Health During Pregnancy
Most lumps and worrisome breast changes discovered during pregnancy are benign (non-cancerous). However, breast cancer can occur during pregnancy and is actually more common in pregnant women than non-pregnant women of the same age.

7. Benefits and Risks of Receiving a Mammogram
The benefits of mammography far outweigh the risks of x-ray dose and discomfort of breast compression. Early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman's chances for successful treatment. If breast cancer is caught and treated while it is still confined to the breast ducts, the cure rate is close to 100%.

8. Understanding Breast Biopsy
A breast biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue for laboratory (histologic) examination by a pathologist and is the definitive way to determine if an abnormality is cancerous or not.

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