Friday, May 17, 2013
Jolie announced Tuesday she underwent a double mastectomy to prevent her chances of breast cancer.
Actress Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently underwent a double mastectomy to cut her chances of developing breast cancer after discovering she carries the "faulty" gene, BRCA1. Jolie wrote she decided to receive genetic testing since she was at a higher risk of breast cancer — her mother fought the disease for almost a decade before dying at age 56 — and because she wanted to make sure she would be there for her children, according to her New York Times column. Patch caught up with Selvi Palaniappan, MS, CGC Coordinator at Northside Hospital Hereditary Cancer Program, to learn more about these cancer genes. P: What are the BRCA genes? SP: They are two different genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
From now until March 31 every bottle of Sutter Home Wines purchased will lead to a $1 donation toward breast cancer research.
Through March, Sedgwick Restaurant Group is finding hope for a cancer cure in the bottom of every Sutter Home wine bottle. Four local restaurants, including bistro VG in Roswell, will participate in an effort to improve early detection and find better treatments for breast cancer, according to a company press release. To participate in the special event, just order up a bottle of your favorite Sutter Home Wines - including Joel Gott, Folie a' Deux, Napa Cellars, or Terra d'Oro, Trinchero - while dining at bistro VG, Vinny's on Windward, or either of the Aspens Signature Steaks locations now through March 31. The restaurant will then send every "capsule" and receipt to Sutter Home Wines, which has promised to donate $1 toward finding a cure…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
When it comes to mammograms, some medical centers are turning this uncomfortable medical test into an excuse to throw a party.
It's no secret why women dread mammograms: the paper gown, the technician grabbing your "girls" to fit them onto the cold, metal X-ray plate, and then of course, there is the squishing of the breasts while you hold your breath. It may be a life-saving screening process, but not the most fun you can have in an hour. But lately, some health professionals have come up with some ways to make the process less heinous. It all starts with some wine and cheese... Roswell residents have several options for getting a mammogram, including the Fulton County Health Department and North Fulton Hospital. For a full list of mammogram-offering clinics, please see this article. Breast cancer survivor and Patch editor Ronni Newton of Connecticut went to her …
Saturday, October 27, 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 119 out of every 100,000 women in Georgia will develop 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 tissue …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Resources for women fighting breast cancer that your doctor doesn't offer.
By the nature of its side effects, cancer treatment can make a private battle a very public affair. For a woman with cancer, having a bald head, pale skin or a missing breast can make her feel like she's being targeted by a bright spotlight and a banner that says, "Cancer patient." But now more than ever, there are resources for women that will put the spotlight back on their work, their accomplishments and their life—and change that banner to simply read, "Woman." Unique Wigs in Roswell sells wigs and has been praised for its great service and prices by local cancer patients. Girl on the Go provides private or in-home wig consultations for women with cancer, with locations in 12 states, including Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, …
Friday, October 19, 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. Locally, women can participate in the Turning Point support group for breast cancer patients and their loved ones in Alpharetta. More support groups are also available online. 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 …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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. The Roswell Radiology Associates offers a comprehensive range of breast imaging services, including mammography and ultrasounds. Roswell Imaging Center also provides mammography services. And, Fulton County is offering free breast cancer screenings in Alpharetta through the month of October. Going for an exam can be nerve-wracking. To better understand the importance of exams, here's helpful information that explains the process, when you should go and why: Breast self-exams There has been a lot of heated debate in the research and medical …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Alpharetta staffing company's annual golf tournament draws technology executives from around the area for the fund raiser.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Leading technology executives from across Atlanta turned out for the 9th annual Agile on the Green charity golf tournament on Oct. 2, raising more than $20,000 in net proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Greater Atlanta Affiliate, with funds helping to provide affordable mammograms throughout metro Atlanta. Despite the rainy weather, participants joined together to make this year’s event hosted by staffing firm Agile Resources Inc. another resounding success, the staffing company reported in a news release on Oct. 9. Agile on the Green was created in 2004 by Agile’s chief executive officer, Tricia Dempsey, following her own successful fight against stage-three breast cancer. Over the years, Agile on the Green has donated over…
Monday, October 1, 2012
From galas to walks to shopping, here's how you can participate, pledge support and donate to the cause in Roswell and throughout Georgia.
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. Check out the list below of opportunities to go pink in Roswell and beyond: Last month, several local organizations held fundraisers, including North Fulton Hospital's The Power of Pink Luncheon and Row for the Cure on the Chattahoochee River. During October, Roswell residents can also support breast cancer research by ordering J. Christopher's Pumpkin Pancakes, a dollar of which will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Fifty cents of every pumpkin latte sold will also be donated. ReMixx Boutique in Roswell will host a "Think Pink" shopping event on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. In addition to …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Local resident William Valand captured these images from "Row for the Cure" over the weekend, Saturday, Sept. 22.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Rowers and spectators turned out for a great day for breast cancer research on the Chattahoochee River, Saturday, Sept. 22, during "Row for the Cure."