Stories about breast cancer that can inspire and inform

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Understanding Diet and Breast Cancer Risk 

The connection between diet and breast cancer risk has been studied extensively over the past 20 years. According to the American Cancer Society, improved lifestyle habits, including a healthier diet may reduce the risk of many cancers, including breast cancer. As everyday consumers, we know a healthy diet can improve our overall physical fitness, as well as our energy levels and mental stamina, but can it also help reduce our breast cancer risk?

Komen Has Helped Pave the Way for 19 FDA-Approved Breast Cancer Drugs

“Over the past 10 years, 19 FDA-approved breast cancer drugs have a connection to Komen. “We are able to show the points along the research pathway for each of the 19 drugs where Komen funding has helped in development and eventual clinical use, either through investments in direct studies or investments in people doing the research,” said Dana Brantley-Sieders.

Renee’s Story: Complications During Breast Cancer Treatment & Reconstruction  

Leading up to Renee Young’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 49, nothing seemed amiss. She went to her yearly mammogram with no qualms that anything was wrong. But when she was called back in for a follow-up mammogram, she felt something in her gut. “I’d been called back in before, but this time, I really felt it was going to be something,” Renee said. 

Yearly Mammograms Caught Laura’s Breast Cancer Early

Laura Dallam has always been good about getting her yearly mammograms and she’s a big advocate for others getting theirs, too. She knows firsthand the importance of annual exams. She’s twice been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, and it was during her annual mammograms that the suspicious spots were found. “Yearly mammograms are important because they can catch something potentially wrong and catch it early,” she said. “It’s happened to me twice.”

Questions to Ask Your Family About Your Health History: A How-to Guide 

Talking about your family’s health history is often easier said than done. A person’s health is a sensitive subject, and some family members may be very private and quiet about their health. No one should be forced to share, but you can encourage your family member by letting them know how this information can help you make informed decisions about your care and that their health history may also impact you.