From May 6 through May 12, Stop & Shop in Lexington will be among the more than 300 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, chocolate and ice cream shops, participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
The 73-year-old fields phone calls from around the country from men diagnosed with breast cancer.
William Woodfill's habit of not using a washcloth in the shower may have saved his life. "I felt this lump one day ... underneath my left breast," he said. "I knew it shouldn't have been there." For the next month, he checked the lump, monitoring its progression as it grew from the size of a pea to the size of a lima bean. "He couldn't stick anything in it, so he said that we had to take it out," he said of the surgeon who attempted to biopsy the growth with a syringe. It was breast cancer. "I went back fully expecting not to have cancer," said Woodfill, who noted that about 1,500 men a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. That statistic prompted Gov. Deval Patrick to declare this week Male Breast Cancer …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by uploading photos of your and/or your family and friends supporting the cause.
Showing off your pink pride during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a favorite thing to do with survivors and supporters alike. Thousands of hats, shirts, and other pink breast cancer items are sold in October. Millions of tiny pink ribbons are worn to support the cure for breast cancer and hope for many women. Also, countless numbers of people show support of Breast Cancer Awareness by participating in fundraising events. Did you strapped on your pink running shoes for the Komen Race for the Cure? If a walk is more your speed, how about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure? Have you joined a local support group? Joined efforts with other supporters to hold a fundraiser or night out? We want you to tell us your story in the …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
"Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors" shares the wisdom of breast cancer survivors with the newly diagnosed. What's your story?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the greatest challenges for those who have been newly diagnosed is finding sources of support. Patients are eager for information on everything from enduring surgery and chemotherapy to how to deal with hair loss. While there are many local resources and support groups available in Lexington, women can also find comfort in a sisterhood of survivors who have already been in their shoes. Best selling author and breast cancer survivor Barbara Delinsky has gathered the wisdom of hundreds of breast cancer survivors who are eager to inspire those who are new to the “breast cancer sisterhood.” She shares all of the stories and tidbits she found in her book "Uplift: Secrets from the …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Breast cancer isn't age specific. Here's how to cope with treatments and augmentations if you are diagnosed earlier in life.
Generally speaking, a woman Massachusetts has a 133 in 100,000 chance of getting breast cancer, according to this breast cancer statistics chart from komen.org. An American woman in her 30s has a one in 232 chance of getting the disease, and a woman 20 years her senior has a one in 42 probability, according to the website. “Although we aren’t certain, the cause of breast cancer in younger women is likely caused by a genetic predisposition,” says Ann H. Partridge, M.D., M.P.H., the medical oncologist director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While breast cancer treatment in young women is often effective, the chance of recovery tends to be worse in women under 40. Breast …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill proclaiming the third week in October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.
Breast cancer: Guys get it too. That's the message of The Blue Wave, a group created to spread awareness about breast cancer in men, and the message that will be sent the week of Oct. 21-27 in Massachusetts after Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill proclaiming the third week in October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Last month, Patrick signed the bill that says the week aims "to raise awareness of the occurrence of breast cancer in men and to encourage regular testing for breast cancer amongst all citizens of the Commonwealth." According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, one of the most well-known breast cancer awareness groups, breast cancer in men is rare but still happens: The overall ratio of female to male breast …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A quick look at things to see, do and know today in Lexington.
1. Breast Night Ever: The folks from William Raveis Real Estate are teaming up with Waxy O'Connors to host this event, formerly known as Breast Night Out, as a fundraiser or the William Raveis Breast Cancer Rearch Fund. The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, raffle tickets will be available. 2. Paving Adams Street at Last? In an email to Patch yesterday, Oct. 14, Town Engineer John Livsey said the town anticipates paving Adams Street as long as the rain stays away and the road is dry. Paving work would begin about 9 a.m., to allow time for the road to dry from any residual moisture from the rain forecasted for Monday night. 3. 'James Madison' to Speak in Lexington: That's right, as part of the Lexington Historical Society's Cronin …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Massachusetts has some of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country, and, fortunately, some of the lowest breast cancer death rates. Early detection of breast cancer through routine exams saves thousands of lives every year.
Studies have shown that early detection of breast cancer improves the chances of a cure. That in itself is the most important reason to make an appointment today for a breast exam or mammogram. You don't have to go far from Lexington for an exam, as there's Mount Auburn Hospital's The Hoffman Breast Center in Arlington and Cambridge. Also nearby, there's Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center in Woburn and the Mass General Cancer Center at Bethke at Emerson Hospital in Concord. Boston also has a number of top-rate women's health facilities for such exams. Among them are Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center's Avon Foundation Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, the Boston Breast Diagnostic Center, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute…
Monday, October 8, 2012
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a list of local breast cancer support groups.
One in 8 American women and 1 in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year. Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups, such as the free support group run by The Center for Cancer & Support Education on Tuesdays in the Armstrong Ambulance conference room in Arlington. And over in Concord, Emerson Hospital, home of the Mass General Cancer Center at Bethke, has lots of information about local resources and support groups. For instance, there's Sailing Heals, which invites all …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in Lexington and Massachusetts.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and whether you love to shop, attend events, walk or run, there are tons of different ways to support the cause. A few events in Lexington include: And then there's Runway to Recovery, a Concord-originated fashion show, silent auction and raffle to benefit families who have lost mothers to breast cancer. Started by Olivia Achtmeyer in October 2007, six years after losing her mother to breast cancer, this year's Runway will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. Are you involved with a local Breast Cancer Awareness event? Post it to the comments section below or add it to our events calendar and we'll promote it on Patch. In addition to events here in …