, December 24, 2019 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Dec. 4: Scientists at the National Institutes of Health found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t use these products. The study published in the International Journal of Cancer and suggests that breast cancer risk increased with more frequent use of these chemical hair products. Read more on the National Institute for Health website HERE.

Dec. 9: A recent study indicates that even light to moderate alcohol consumption was associated with elevated cancer (including breast cancer) risks. In the study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the overall cancer risk appeared to be the lowest at zero alcohol consumption. Science Daily has the whole story HERE.

Dec. 12: A research team has previously shown that fatty particles from the bloodstream may boost the growth of breast cancer cells. They now show that the fat particles bind to the breast cancer cell surface and are then taken into the cell, providing a large supply of fuel that drives growth of the cancer cells. Read the whole article in Science Daily HERE.

Dec. 16: Many U.S. women with breast cancer ultimately die of other causes, a new study finds, highlighting the need for survivors and their doctors to pay attention to overall health. In the new study, researchers found that among breast cancer patients who died five to 10 years after their diagnosis, only 38% of deaths were caused by the disease. HealthDay has the full article HERE.

Dec. 17: A large new study finds that women who lost weight after age 50 and kept it off had a lower risk of breast cancer than women whose weight remained stable. Women with sustained weight loss had a lower risk of breast cancer than those whose weight remained the same, and the more weight a woman lost, the lower her risk of breast cancer. See the full story HERE in HealthDay.

Dec. 23: Patients with breast cancer who use supplements during chemotherapy may be at an increased risk of recurrence and death, a new study suggests.Use of dietary supplements that boost levels of antioxidants, iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids appeared to lower the effectiveness of chemotherapy, researchers reported. Read the full article in Reuters HERE.

, December 17, 2019 | More Post by

Welcome to our blog series, “Mission Moment!” It’s a snapshot of the impact our mission and programs have on the women we serve. If you have any questions about Here for the Girls support services and programs, email the program team at support@hereforthegirls.org!

We are in the midst of our annual appeal which doubles your donation now through the end of 2019! Curious to know where you money goes? Well, for starters, $0.81 of every dollar goes directly to our mission which is to improve the lives of young women affected by breast cancer. But wait, what does that really mean? It means that your donation will do amazing things… here are just some of ways:

  • Provide social and emotional support for our members through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond
  • Provide a social work support team to help navigate the complexities of a breast cancer diagnosis and how it impacts our members
  • Provide in-depth training for a team of facilitators that lead our in-person monthly support gatherings
  • Provide tools and guidance of how to re-balance yourself after a breast cancer diagnosis

Every dollar counts so please consider contributing to H4TG by donating to our annual appeal today! Donations can be made at hereforthegirls.org/annualappeal.

, December 06, 2019 | More Post by

Debra, 33, diagnosed at 29

No family history, no known genetic mutation 

Debra, a newlywed and mother to a young stepson, accidentally found a lump while resting in bed. Because of Debra’s age, her ob/gyn wasn’t concerned but ordered a mammogram, “just in case.” In this case, it was Stage 4 breast cancer, having already spread to other organs. She immediately underwent chemotherapy infusions, two lumpectomies, and radiation. She remains in active treatment to delay the spread and states her current occupation is “trying to stay alive.” Debra says while cancer has stolen so much from her, such as the ability to bear children and peace of mind, she has found some positives, including the H4TG sisterhood. She has learned to put her dreams first, knowing she might not have a long life to achieve them. A passionate dressage rider, Debra describes her horse Jacob as “my heart and soul.” So just as the princess in the Goose Girl is ultimately saved by her talking horse, Debra feels Jacob is her lifesaver. “He never has anything to say, he’s just always a shoulder to cry on, a big clown to lick me when I’m feeling down.” Her dream is to achieve the riding level necessary for her and Jacob to win a U.S. Dressage Federation silver medal.

, December 05, 2019 | More Post by

As an organization that serves young women affected by breast cancer, we make sure to keep up with the latest news so we know what our women face when it comes to treatment and beyond. In this blog series, we will share the month’s news that we feel is most interesting and relevant.

Nov. 3: Breast cancer could be detected up to five years before there are any clinical signs of it, using a blood test that identifies the body’s immune response to substances produced by tumor cells, according to new research. Read the full story in Science Daily HERE.

Nov. 13: According to a recent study, people who suffered a heart attack or heart failure then had a drastically increased risk of certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Researchers noted that heart disease and cancer share risk factors, but they are interested in studying whether there’s something about heart problems that could trigger cancer, according to this article in HealthDay.

Nov. 14: Higher levels of mindfulness (a technique based on meditation traditions) were associated with less pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance for women with metastatic breast cancer, according to a small study. Read more in HealthDay HERE.

Nov. 25: (Note: this is not related to heart-health study mentioned above.) More than one in ten cancer patients do not die from their cancer but from heart and blood vessel problems instead, according to new research. For some cancers, like breast, prostate, endometrial, and thyroid cancer, around half will die from cardiovascular disease. Read the full story in Science Daily HERE.