What Does My Diet have to do With My Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

By: Kendra J. Royston

What Does My Diet have to do With My Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

And to make matters worse, you understand from your doctor that it’s triple negative, which is a tougher type of breast cancer. In the fog that often happens to people after being told they have cancer, you don’t remember what else your doctor said, but now you want to know more. After a little digging, you discover that triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is one of the rarer types of cancers, affecting only about 15% of breast cancer patients. You also discover that your treatment options are limited, and hormone therapies do not work. The silver lining in this sea of bad news is that advancements in the treatment of cancer are being made every day, and you still have the ability to take affect your health by eating right and being physically active.

Cancer Genetics 101

By: Alix D’Angelo

Cancer Genetics 101

While most breast cancers occur sporadically (usually linked to environmental factors such as smoking cigarettes and hormone replacement therapy), up to 10% are hereditary. Hereditary breast cancers are caused by DNA mutations that are typically passed down in families for generations. Features of hereditary breast cancers include a young age at diagnosis (under 50 years old), multiple affected relatives in multiple generations, individuals with more than one cancer, and relatives with related cancers such as male breast cancer and ovarian cancer. But how do these DNA mutations cause cancer?

Prevent Breast Cancer By Knowing Your Genes

By: Kendra J. Royston

Prevent Breast Cancer By Knowing Your Genes

These days, breast cancer is not the death sentence it once was about a decade ago. Still, no one wants to have to deal with the fear and hassle involved with a cancer diagnosis. I’m sure you have better things to do, such as living your life! That’s why it’s extremely important to take advantage of the ways we can prevent and detect breast cancer early on.

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.

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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