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Dear Friends,

 

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it."  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Breast cancer is scary. There is no rhyme or reason to whom it strikes, nor whom it takes from us. The #1 risk for breast cancer is simply being a woman, but even men are not immune to this disease. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history or known risk factors. We cannot ignore the facts

 

VBCF's goal is to educate Virginians about the facts of breast cancer and to inspire action - know your body, be your own health advocate, get your annual mammogram, support improved public policy, learn more about breast cancer, and share this knowledge with others. I encourage you to use these first warm days of spring to celebrate the challenges you've faced and overcome in the past year, to reflect on those who have lost their battle with breast cancer, and to commit to at least one action this year that will further the goal of eradicating breast cancer. 

 

Join the battle and face the fear head on!

 

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Each year, VBCF provides training and transportation to about 100 activists across the state to attend National Lobby Day, hosted by the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Breast Cancer Advocates from around the country will go to Washington DC and talk with their legislators about public policy regarding breast cancer.
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Hold Your Breath, Spare Your Heart

  

The University of Virginia Health System is empowering women with an easy and painless way to spare the heart damage associated with radiation for breast cancer. The technique, known as voluntary deep inspiratory breath hold (DIBH), requires that patients take and hold a deep breath for up to 20 seconds, allowing their care providers to target radiation to exactly where it is needed while avoiding cardiac tissue. 

 

 

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Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer 

  

In addition to the traditionally acknowledged risk factors for breast cancer (age, reproductive history, genetic profile, obesity, alcohol intake, smoking, etc.), scientists are increasingly coming to understand that many chemicals commonly found in products we use daily may also be contributing to the very high incidence of breast cancer.  

 

 

 

 

Advanced Breast Cancer Cases Inching Up in Young Women 

 

More young women are being diagnosed with advanced, metastatic breast cancer than were three decades ago, according to a U.S. study, with the metastatic breast cancer rate in particular rising about two percent each year. 

 

 

 

More Evidence Shows Hormone Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk 

 

Women who take hormone therapy that includes estrogen and progestin are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and dying from it, especially if they start taking the therapy just as menopause begins, a new analysis confirms. Researchers followed nearly 42,000 women, all of whom were past menopause, for an average of more than 11 years. 

 

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