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48, diagnosed at 46

No family history, No known genetic mutation

Joyce noticed a divot in her right breast and mentioned it at her annual exam. After receiving a stern lecture from her gynecologist about keeping up with her annual mammograms, Joyce promised to get one. Within a week of the mammogram, and with her husband (who had rushed home from a work trip) by her side, Joyce received a diagnosis of stage 1 breast cancer. During treatment that included chemo, a lumpectomy, and radiation, Joyce continued her full-time work in communications while being mom to her active 11-year-old son. “I am a professional communicator, but it was hard for me to tell people about the diagnosis,” she says. A dear friend encouraged her to share her story, and this helped her get the love and support she needed from “Team Joyce,” her tribe of friends and family. She’d like to use her skills as a communicator to give hope and inspiration to other women facing breast cancer – some of which she found for herself in the calendar theme. “As a cancer survivor-in-progress, I find the stories of how women in the 1920s had the fortitude and willpower to make it through a war, overcome adversity, and create a new way for themselves to be so inspiring.”

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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.

February 22: Waiting between 31 and 90 days to first treatment after diagnosis with breast cancer may be beneficial for doctors and patients who want a more extensive diagnostic plan and additional time to make decisions, according to the results of a new study. Importantly, this waiting period is not expected to compromise survival rates, according to the data. The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) has the whole story HERE.

February 25: The intake of dairy milk is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer in women — up to 80% depending on the amount consumed — according to a new study. Consuming as little as 1/4 to 1/3 cup of dairy milk per day was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer of 30% in the study, and by drinking up to one cup per day, the associated risk went up to 50%. For those drinking two to three cups per day, the risk increased further to 70% to 80%. Read the full story on Science Daily HERE.

February 26: A novel blood test that uses gold nanoparticles to detect cancer has also been shown to identify signals released by cancer cells which could result in earlier diagnosis and better treatment. The discovery could lead to more effective, personalized cancer therapy by allowing oncologists to rapidly determine how treatment is progressing. Read the full story in Medical Express HERE.

February 26: The immunotherapy drug Keytruda might offer a new treatment option to women with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease, according to a clinical trial. Get details in HealthDay HERE.

February 28: Regular exercise can benefit black cancer survivors’ physical and mental health, but most don’t get the recommended amount of activity, according to new study of 1,500 black survivors of the four most common cancers. For most cancers, black patients have a higher risk of dying from their disease than other racial or ethnic groups, but lower levels of physical activity, researchers said. Read the whole article on HealthDay HERE.