SurviveAL.org Has A Whole New Look

By: Laura Ricks

SurviveAL.org Has A Whole New Look

You know how you feel when you get a new outfit that you just know brings out all your best features? That’s how we here at SurviveAL and our partners at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network are feeling these days. And it’s all because we have totally revamped our websites and think they are more attractive and easier to use.

Panel Testing A Better Genetic Test

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Panel Testing: A Better Genetic Test

Approximately seven to 10 percent of breast cancers are due to hereditary cancer susceptibility syndromes. It is estimated that more than half of these are due to pathogenic variants (or, in other words, mutations) in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Many young breast cancer survivors have heard of the importance of genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, but you may not know that testing is available for the other genes related to hereditary breast cancer as well.

Its All In Your Genes

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It's All In Your Genes

Are you aware that knowing your gene mutation risk could possibly save your life? Certain gene mutations greatly increase your risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and can be inherited from either your mother or father.

A Young Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

By: Krystle Hensley
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A Young Breast Cancer Survivor Speaks Out

In July, 2016, at the ripe old age of 27, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I first noticed a lump in my breast in early June while I was performing a breast self-examination. Initially, I thought it may have been hormonal changes due to my menstrual cycle, but when the lump did not shrink/go away by the beginning of July, I had it examined. At first, my gynecologist thought the lump was a cyst, but he sent me to get a mammogram anyway because of my family history. Within five days of my first visit, and after a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy, I was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer.

What You Should Know About Cancer and Fertility

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What You Should Know About Cancer and Fertility

Fertility is a common concern among young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Speaking early on with your oncologist about your concerns will help you to understand what you can do to preserve your fertility and if that is possible.

Cancer Survivors and Body Image

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Cancer Survivors and Body Image

It’s normal to have changes in the way you view yourself after being diagnosed and going through treatment for breast cancer. Some women describe a sense of feeling that their body has somehow failed them or turned against them. While you’re not alone in these feelings, it can feel that way. Check out these videos where survivors share their experiences with body image and negative emotions with you.

Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle during Treatment and Beyond

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Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle during Treatment and Beyond

A breast cancer diagnosis can be life changing. First, you may question why YOU got cancer. Second, you may feel like you are no longer in control of your body. In between doctors’ appointments, medications, and surgeries, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to take back control of your body, your health, and your life. A breast cancer diagnosis is often a turning point at which living a healthier lifestyle becomes top priority.

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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