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.

This Holiday Season

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This Holiday Season

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving: a time for family, friends, and looking back over the year with gratitude. This year we here at SurviveAL are so thankful for each person we have been able to reach this year.

Men Caretakers and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

By: Laura Ricks
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Men, Caretakers, and the People Young Breast Cancer Survivors Love

This month, we here at the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network want to acknowledge the people who love, support and take care of the women we are trying to help. Breast cancer doesn’t just take its toll on the young woman, it also can exact a heavy price on those around her. As Marc Heyison, founder of “Men Against Breast Cancer” says “Breast cancer devastates the entire family.” So here are some tips and resources for men, family members and caretakers helping young women fight breast cancer.

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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