Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk held at Holmes Lake

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The Cancer Care Specialist with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Owen Gabriel, encourages women particularly during breast cancer awareness month, to get screened for breast cancer.

Joan Bauman was a 45-year-old mother of four running ultramarathons when a lump in her breast grew more painful.

Most patients diagnosed with breast cancer will be able to choose between a lumpectomy (where only the cancer is removed with a rim of normal breast tissue around it) and a mastectomy (where all of the breast tissue is removed surgically). After an initial screening, women (again, of average risk) should be screened every one or two years, per their doctor's recommendations.

Over the past five years, the organization has helped almost 300 women. most in their 20's, 30's and early 40's.

When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Denise Valley went all out for October - think organized brunches with drag queen performers and nights on the town with a pink stretch limo.

Dr Kanchan Kaur, associate director of breast services at Medanta Cancer Institute, said Indian women develop breast cancer a decade earlier than their Western counterparts.

"There's not always that power or confidence for younger women though". Breast cancer can spread to nearly any other part of the body. But, despite the benefits, regular mammograms are not common enough among many older women, according to New Jersey doctors in the field.

Twenty years ago, Tanya Snyder started the event in conjunction with the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, handing out ribbons at Redskins home games in October to spread awareness of the disease.

The ultrasound showed a mass, which required a biopsy.

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Most of the funding goes to awareness and early detection, she said.

Breast cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease. Rojas underwent a mammogram, which came back negative.

Many women with stage IV often have to stop working to navigate the intricacies of clinical trials as they adjust to the idea that their time is likely limited.

"There are BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, these are hereditary and once you have these in your system you are definitely going to have that cancer". The lymph nodes trap bacteria, cancer cells, or other harmful substances.

"Especially guys will tell me you can't have breast cancer, you're a man". Those topics aren't usually brought up, she said.

Rachel Greengrass, associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, learned that lesson early on. Those who die from breast cancer normally leave behind orphans.

He also says there are people who have genetic predisposition where cancers run in the family.

This year she raised $3,200 for the walk alone, and has raised over $17,000 in the five years she's done the 3K. Surgery has components; there is the breast sparing surgery where a specific mass is removed by taking out the lesion.

Petition organiser Terre Nicholson said the "desperately" needed medicines would add years to affected women's lives.

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