Breast cancer is never diagnosed until you’re an adult, so something is happening over the course of women’s lives. I don’t want to wait until my 7-year-old daughter has grown up before we have definitive proof that all these chemicals are causing breast cancer or other illnesses.
The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.
My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.
Dr. Carolyn Runowicz
Think about breast cancer. It can take seven years for breast cells to go from pre-cancerous to cancer, to a cancer that’s palpable. So these results may simply be too early.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
Olivia Newton John
My wish is that all women age 20 and above perform monthly breast self-examinations.
Anna was doing her monthly breast examine and found something. She went to the doctor and that’s honestly what saved her life for a while. If she’d caught it earlier, who knows. I can’t stress getting an exam enough. They just should not be dying this young. Women should not be dying of breast cancer at age 56.
Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.
Cedric F. Garland
African-American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease than White women of the same age. Survival rates are worse among African-Americans for colon, prostate and ovarian cancers as well.
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Yuman Donna Phipps
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I wasn’t sick. I felt fine and that’s the scary part. When I started the treatments I felt sick.
Getting cancer can become the beginning of living. The search for one’s own being, the discovery of the life one needs to live, can be one of the strongest weapons against disease.
Breast cancer deaths in America have been declining for more than a decade. Much of that success is due to early detection and better treatments for women. I strongly encourage women to get a mammogram.
We need to take into account that Asian women are more physically active, drink less alcohol, have children earlier, and their entire diet is different from Western women, all of which decrease their breast cancer risk.
For those of us who have been diagnosed with cancer, time is a precious commodity. The time and distance from the scientist’s lab bench to the patient’s bedside must be shortened.
The take-home message is that this study gives us a more definitive reason that breast-feeding is one way to reduce risk of breast cancer.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.