Breast cancer: are you at risk?



October can be a month of empowerment, reflection and fundraising for those who have been affected by breast cancer. Catherine Priestley, clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care, tells HuffPost UK: "While some cancers progress quickly, there are people who live for years after their diagnosis, often holding down jobs, raising families, even travelling the world". But most of all, she was and still is an inspiration for many with her positive outlook, faith that things will improve and ability to enjoy every moment of her life. "If you're 'high risk, ' then it's encouraged that these yearly exams start at 30", says Robert Segal, M.D., cofounder of, an online platform for scheduling and reviewing results from medical tests. Special booths have been established in various cities of Tehran, Kashan, Karaj, Urmia, Shahr-e Kord, Mashhad, Dezfoul, Zanjan, Semnan, Qom, Kerman, Amol, Sari, Nour, Saveh, Meybod, Sonqor, and Borujerd.

For many, including Cydnee Greathouse, who are either fighting breast cancer or have survived it, the event has become an important part in the recovery process.

21, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, all three Queens-based organizations - from Rosedale, Cambria Heights and Jamaica - will show their support to help cure breast cancer.

Regular mammograms can often help find breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

Other breast cancer symptoms include pain in the breast or armpits, a rash around the nipple and a swollen lump in the breast.

None of the women had hereditary cancer or had mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.

Those with dense breasts were also almost three times as likely as women with non-dense breasts to have an aggressive form of the cancer.

"It's tragic that our vulnerable women have to march on Parliament to call for access to treatments that they would get as a matter of course in other developed countries".

When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Denise Valley went all out for October - think organized brunches with drag queen performers and nights on the town with a pink stretch limo.

All people whether male or female are born with some breast cells and tissue that have the possibility to develop into cancer.

"I never would have done anything on my own", she said.

After a mastectomy, the chances of a recurrence (or the cancer returning) are indeed lower when compared to a lumpectomy - but they are still not zero. The mortality rate for young black women is high for a variety of reasons, including hormones, obesity and familial risk.

"I get to go on the field today, I'm excited about that, O'Shea said". "Sometimes they say, 'This looks suspicious; you need to get a diagnostic mammogram, ' which is a more focused and intense mammogram to try to look at specific areas a little more closely".

With two years left on the grant, there's a lot of work still to be done, Murphy said, yet they are confident the efforts will continue to save lives.

Mugaba says when it comes to breast cancer, the right staging helps connect to the right management, otherwise there can be relapses in treatment.

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