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October Marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 2012 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Diacor would like to voice its support for all those affected by this terrible disease. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, has issued this statement. Also, we would encourage those who are able to contribute their time and resources towards spreading awareness about breast cancer.

Diacor Gets Involved With Christi Anderson Rack Pack Foundation

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, July 12, 2012

Diacor recently took the time to sponsor and support the Christi Anderson Rack Pack Foundation. This foundation creates "Love Handles", care bags that are for anyone undergoing therapies for breast cancer. The bags are full of comfort items, such as wristbands, things to do during chemo, uplifting thoughts, and much more. Diacor put together some of these bags during one of their strategy sessions. Below is a picture of Team Diacor with some of the bags they put together. We encourage everyone to check out this foundation and support them however you can. 

Women At Risk For Breast Cancer Could Also Be At Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, December 22, 2011
Researchers have discovered that women who are at risk for breast cancer could also be at a higher risk for heart disease. Researchers have found that the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which mutated forms are found in women with breast and cervical cancer, also regulate heart functions. They discovered in mice that had the mutated gene also were at three to five times the risk of heart failure than in mice that did not have the mutated gene. Researchers believe that the mutated BRCA1 and BRCA2 prevent DNA repair after a heart attack, which is essential to recovery. To view the full article, please click here.

New Study Declares Limited Male Breast Cancer Awareness Costs Lives

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, October 27, 2011
In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, men have later onset of breast cancer and more advanced stages of the disease than their female counterparts. Survival rates of men when their breast cancer is caught at the same stage as women are actually higher, but researchers believe that it is due to a lack of awareness of male breast cancer that men's cancer is being caught in later stages. To view the abstract and purchase the article, please click here.

U.S. President Obama Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Anderson - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama has encouraged women and men to talk to their doctors about breast cancer, and to avoid risk factors for the disease such as diet and maintaining a healthy weight. President Obama offers his support to those diagnosed with this devastating disease. To view the complete release, please click here. To visit the National Cancer Institute's website, please click here.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Anderson - Monday, October 10, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Click here for a link to NBCAM's website. This website provides information on different types of breast cancer, and offers information and support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This website also provides information on how to get involved with the organization. We encourage everyone to check it out!


Annual Mammograms Now Recommended for Women at Age 40

Kevin Anderson - Friday, July 29, 2011
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued new breast cancer screening guidelines, saying that women should start receiving yearly mammograms starting at age 40. The new guidelines have been put in place due to the high incidence of breast cancer in the U.S., and the potential to reduce deaths when caught early. The survival rate of women whose breast cancer is caught at the earliest stage is 98%. Previous screening guidelines said that women should receive mammograms every one to two years starting at age 40, and annually starting at age 50. For more information, please visit www.acog.org.

Weight Has the Strongest Effect on Hormones that Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, July 21, 2011
According to new research in the British Journal of Cancer, weight has the strongest effect on sex hormones that increase breast cancer risk in post menopausal women. Alcohol and cigarettes are the next factors that appear to have an effect on hormone levels. Women with high levels of oestrogen have more than double the risk of breast cancer than average women. For more information, please visit http://www.nature.com/bjc/index.html.

PSA Test For Men Can Also Function As A Breast Cancer Test In Women

Kevin Anderson - Friday, July 15, 2011
In a new study published in the ACS Journal Analytical Chemistry, researchers have found that the common PSA blood test for prostate cancer can also be used to detect breast cancer in women. Scientists have found that the prostate specific antigen measured in the test is also a biomarker for breast cancer in women. However, levels of PSA in health women are very small, so ultra-sensitive tests are needed. For more information, please visit the ACS Journal's website at pubs.acs.org.

Poorer Women Less Likely to Survive Breast Cancer

Kevin Anderson - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
In the National Cancer Intelligence Network's "All Breast Cancer Report", their findings have indicated that women who are poorer are less likely to survive breast cancer. In a five year span, women who were more deprived had a survival rate of 68%, while women who were less deprived had a survival rate of 83%. This could be accounted for by poorer women being diagnosed with more advanced stage tumors, which are too late for surgery or require more aggressive treatment. For more information, please see the "All Breast Cancer Report" on the NCIS website.

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