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Why Do More Black Women Die of Breast Cancer?

The Issue

Nothing speaks more clearly to the shocking breast cancer health disparities than the fact that Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet have a higher breast cancer death rate.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women and in 2010, the researchers reported that breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for Black women aged 45–64 years. What was most alarming in this CDC report was that the breast cancer death rate for women aged 45–64 years was 60% higher for Black women than white women (56.8 and 35.6 deaths per 100,000,

Tig Notaro explain how to make Breast Cancer Funny

Now to another in our Brief But Spectacular series, where we ask interesting people to describe their passions.

Tonight, we hear from comedian Tig Notaro, who has used her performances to overcome enormous personal hurdles, including a cancer diagnoses and the loss of her mother.

Her memoir, “I’m Just a Person,” came out earlier this month.

TIG NOTARO, Comedian: In 2012, I was so busy. I was filming a movie, shooting a TV pilot. Then I started to get sick, and I got diagnosed with pneumonia. A few days later, my mother tripped and hit her head and died.

Working During Treatment

While some people choose to take some time off from work during treatment for breast cancer, others decide to work through treatment. If you’ve chosen to work during your treatment, let your doctor know. Your doctor may be able to schedule treatments around your working hours or give you suggestions on dealing with work stress while in treatment. Also, you can ask your doctor if any of your treatments have side effects that could affect your daily routine. Side effects such as nausea and fatigue may have an influence on daily work routines. Learn how to manage side effects associated with some breast cancer treatments.

10 Cancer Side Effects That Won’t Last

  • Side effects from breast cancer treatment can be brutal. And when you’re in the midst of chemo, radiation, or drug therapy, it’s easy to think the nightmare is never going to end.

    But take heart as the majority of treatment side effects will disappear with time. Sure, symptoms such as numbness and tingling in your chest after a mastectomy or a breast with a new shape following radiation are likely permanent. But others will either fade significantly or disappear entirely.

    This isn’t to say though that you’ll feel 100 percent once you finish treatment.Chemotherapy drugs can take several months to completely leave your system.

Tips On Getting a Masectomy

Getting a mastectomy—surgery to remove all breast tissue as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer—can invoke fear of the unknown. Here are some insider tips to help you be informed and prepared.

Sign your breast
Sign your breast

Don’t be surprised if the nurse hands you a Sharpie and ask you to sign your breast just before heading into surgery. With malpractice laws being what they are today, doctors want to make absolutely sure they’re working on the correct breast

Have enough of the right kinds of shirts
Have enough of the right kinds of shirts

Make sure you have enough button-down-the-front shirts on hand at home,

Breast Anatomy and How Cancer Starts

What are breasts made of?

The breast is highly complex and goes through the most changes of any other part of the human body – from birth, puberty, pregnancy and breast feeding through to menopause. Most changes in the breast are related to hormonal produced in the breast at different stages in a woman’s life.

Breast tissue extends from the collarbone, to lower ribs, sternum (breastbone) and armpit. Each breast contains 15-20 glands called lobes, where milk is produced in women who are breastfeeding. These lobes are connected to the nipple by 6-8 tubes called ducts which carry milk to the nipple.

The Breast Cancer Fallacies

The Breast Cancer Fallacy

Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams,

IBC Diagnosis Story: Not All Breast Cancer Start with a Lump

 

  • One of the most frightening aspects of my breast cancer diagnosis in 1998 was that I never knew my symptoms might be breast cancer until the doctor told me I needed a biopsy for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). I didn’t know that breast cancer doesn’t always start with a lump.

    About eight weeks earlier at the beginning of February, I jumped when the water hit my breast in the shower. It hurt-really hurt. I turned down the water pressure and forgot about it until the same thing happened the next morning.

Breast Cancer or Infection, How Can I Tell?

  • “My doctor says I have an infection, but when I Googled my symptoms, I saw that I have all the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer.  Is my doctor wasting my time with an antibiotic?  Should I insist on a biopsy?”

     We frequently get variations on this question here at sebecclycare.  How can you tell whether you have an infection or a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)?  The short answer is you cannot without a doctor.  However, understanding the similarities and differences between breast infections and IBC may help you decide what steps you need to take to get a proper diagnosis.

5 Things You Should Know About Breast Pain and Swelling

  • Many women experience breast pain and swelling at least once over the course of their lifetime. Here are the five most common causes – and what you should do about each.

    You’re feeling some discomfort in one breast. This discomfort soon turns to pain. You take a look in the mirror; one breast, the painful one, is definitely larger than the other. What do you do?

    First, don’t panic. Though you may need to see a doctor, understanding what’s causing your symptoms is the first step to feeling better.

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