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 OCTOBER IS…

THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY

HISTORY OF THE

FEAST OF THE ROSARY: OCTOBER 7

The Feast of the Rosary has a bit of an evolving history! The natural progression of Our Lady’s feast is a wonderful proof of her love and protection of her children that she so loves. Dates and details can be so boring, so bear with me through this, because there are many important dates and events that mark the way to the Feast of the Holy Rosary being established.

The right to celebrate the Feast of the Rosary, which occurs on October 7th during the Month of the Holy Rosary, was first granted to the Dominicans, (the Friar Preachers), because of their propagation of the devotion of the Rosary to defeat the Albigensian heresy, as revealed by Our Lady to St. Dominic .

We should note here that it was only granted to the Dominicans at this time, though the devotion to the Rosary was being spread very rapidly.

The next step, after the victory at the Battle of Lepanto on Oct 7, 1571, Pope St Pius V instituted the festival of ‘Mary of Victory'(Our Lady, Queen of Victory). The victory of the battle is credited to the recitation of the Rosary by the men on the ships and galleys (to whom Don Juan of Austria gave each man a rosary) and by the Pope himself and others who were celebrating the Festival of the Rosary at that time.

For that years festival, Pope St Pius V, who before he was elected to the Papacy, was also himself a Dominican Friar and loved the Rosary, had asked all the faithful to pray their Rosaries for the intention of success of the Holy League in defeating the Ottoman Regime.

Next, Pope Gregory XIII, in 1573, set the Festival of the Rosary as the First Sunday in October, to be celebrated in those churches with an altar or Chapel of the Rosary.

In 1671, on the hundredth anniversary of Lepanto, the celebration was extended to Spain and all her dominions.

Then, Pope Clement XI, after the defeat of the Turks in 1715 in Belgrade, ordered the Feast to be celebrated by the whole church. His intention was:

“that the hearts of the faithful might be thereby incited to the greater veneration of the Blessed Virgin, and that the grateful remembrance of the help received from above might never pass away.”

In 1887, Pope St Pius X returned the Feast of the Holy Rosary to October 7th.

There are more dates and events of course, but these are the main ones to let you see the progression. A bit more research would show the transition of the name of the feast from Our Lady of Victory to the Feast of the Holy Rosary, but I will leave this research task to a more educated history buff than myself. 😉 For more information, consider these books:

For the Mass of the Feast of the Rosary: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

The most complete book of devotion: Secret of the Rosary

G. K. Chesterton’s famous poem about Lepanto
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      OCTOBER IS…

BREAST CANCER

AWARENESS MONTH

ONE DAY AT A TIME…

October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!…

In researching various websites to help

inform our visitors,…we found soooo much information that we decided to share links with you on

some of the latest information that we could find.  We hope you find it informative and would love to

hear any suggestions or information that you would like to share with our CBWF’s Table!

Have a great October!

Suzee Bailey

 

THE BREAST and BREAST CANCER:

Introduction
Structure and function of the breasts
What is cancer?
What is breast cancer?
Invasive cancer
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
What are the warning signs of breast cancer?

What to do if you find a lump
Breast self-exam
Disparities in breast cancer screening
Quality of screening tests
Emerging areas in early detection
Questions for your provider
Glossary
References

 

SCREENING RECOMENDATIONS:

For women at average risk
For women at higher risk
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or
atypical hyperplasia
     BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation
     Strong family history
     Past radiation treatment
     Li-Fraumeni, Cowden or
Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome
     Personal history of breast cancer
(including DCIS)
     Dense breast tissue 

 

FACTORS THAT AFFECT BREAST CANCER RISK:

(listed alphabetically, in order of level of
evidence 
and strength of association)

Age
Being female
Inherited genetic mutations
Family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer
Breast density on mammogram
Benign breast conditions (benign breast disease, hyperplasia)
Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
Personal history of breast cancer (including invasive breast cancer, DCIS, Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers)
Radiation treatment (radiation exposure)
Childbearing (age at first birth and number of children)
Blood estrogen levels
Age at first period
Age at menopause
Drinking alcohol
Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
Body weight and weight gain
Birth control pill use
Height
Socioeconomic status
Postmenopausal hormone use
Breastfeeding
Blood androgen levels
Bone density
Light at night and shift work
Exercise (physical activity)
Breast cancer risk factors table

 

FACTORS THAT DO NOT INCREASE THE RISK:

Factors that do not increase breast cancer risk
     Abortion
     Blood organochlorine levels
(exposure to certain types of
pesticides and industrial chemicals)
     Breast implants
     Electromagnetic fields (EMF)
     Hair dyes
Breast cancer risk factors table 

 

FACTORS UNDER STUDY:

Factors under study
     Antibiotic use
     Aspirin use
     Body care cosmetics containing
parabens
     Breast size
     Caffeine
     Cell phone use
     Dairy products
     Dietary fat
     Folic acid (folate) and multivitamin use
     French fry consumption
     Fruits, vegetables and carotenoids
     Glycemic index and insulin
     Hair relaxers
     Left-handedness
     Meat consumption
     Migraine headaches
     Protein hormones (prolactin and IGF-1)
     Secondhand smoke
     Smoking
     Soy and phytoestrogens
Stress
     Vitamin D
Breast cancer risk factors table

 

OTHER BREAST CONDITIONS:

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
Benign breast conditions (benign breast disease)
Hyperplasia
Cysts
Fibroadenomas
     Intraductal papillomas 
 Sclerosing adenosis
     Radial scars
     Benign phyllodes tumor 
Diabetic mastopathy (lymphocytic
mastitis, sclerosing lymphocytic
lobulitis) 

 

BREAST CANCER STATISTICS:

Breast cancer statistics 
Breast cancer in the U.S. 
Breast cancer in women 
Breast cancer in men 
Time trends of breast cancer in the U.S. 
Rates of breast cancer over time 
Mammography and rates of early
detection over time 

Race/ethnicity and breast cancer rates
over time 

Male breast cancer rates over time 
Geographic variation in breast cancer rates 
Worldwide variation 
Variation within the U.S. 
Race/ethnicity and breast cancer rates 
Migration to the U.S. and breast cancer
rates 

African American women 
Ashkenazi Jewish women 
Asian American and Pacific Islander women 
Hispanic/Latina women 
Native American women 
Lesbians and women who partner with women 
Transgender people 
Age and breast cancer 
Younger women 
Pregnant women 
References

 

 

BREAST FACTS FOR MEN:

Breast facts for men
Male breast cancer in the U.S.
Warning signs of male breast cancer
Types of male breast cancer
Benign breast conditions in men
    Gynecomastia
Risk factors for male breast cancer
    Age
    Klinefelter’s syndrome
    BRCA2 gene mutations and family history
of breast cancer
    Gynecomastia
    Other risk factors

 

UNDERSTANDING RISK and PREVENTION

Introduction
Understanding risk
Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool (Gail model)
Understanding breast cancer prevention

 

TOPICS FOR PEOPLE AT HIGHER RISK

Gene mutations and genetic testing
Options for women at higher risk
     More frequent or earlier screening
Preventive surgery
Risk-lowering drugs (tamoxifen and
raloxifene)

 

RISK FACTORS RESEARCH TABLE:

Table 1: Body weight and breast cancer risk
Table 2: Weight gain and the risk of breast cancer
Table 3: Alcohol and breast cancer risk
Table 4: Physical activity and breast cancer risk
Table 5: Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk
Table 6: Blood estrogen levels and breast cancer risk
Table 7: Blood androgen levels and breast cancer risk
Table 8: Postmenopausal hormone use and breast cancer risk
Table 9: Birth control pills and breast cancer risk
Table 10: Age at menopause and breast cancer risk
Table 11: BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations and cancer risk
Table 12: Hyperplasia and breast cancer risk
Table 13: Light at night/shift work and breast cancer risk
Table 14: Dietary fat consumption and breast cancer risk
Table 15: Fruit and vegetable consumption and breast cancer risk
Table 16: Carotenoid intake and breast cancer risk
Table 17: Soy intake and breast cancer risk
Table 18: Dairy products and breast cancer risk
Table 19: Meat consumption and breast cancer risk
Table 20: IGF-1 and breast cancer risk
Table 21: Smoking and breast cancer risk
Table 22: Secondhand smoke and breast cancer risk
Table 23: Electromagnetic fields and breast cancer risk
Table 24: Blood organochlorine levels and breast cancer risk
Table 25: Abortion and breast cancer risk
Table 26: Hair dyes and breast cancer risk
Table 27: Breast implants and breast cancer risk

YOUR TOP 5 BREAST CANCER PREVENTION TIPS!

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In Honor of Hereditary Breast

and Ovarian Cancer Week:

My Story

By Carey Herrington

It was the beginning of a brand new year, 2008.   It’s true what they say about how things can change quicker then a blink of an eye.

That’s what happened to me. My life changed into a nightmare which I never saw coming or even a glimpse of it coming.

In early January of 2008 I walked into a local hospital’s outpatient radiology and ultrasound department for repeat tests and second opinion

about a lump I had in my right breast.  I found myself there because nearly 12 months prior I had diagnostic testing for the same reason.

At which time my so called lump was deemed merely a benign cyst with no evidence of cancer.  So I did what every woman would do.

I went on with my life believing that there was nothing to worry about.  I had no significant history of breast cancer in my family, so I had been

told and my doctors weren’t concerned so why should I? No one likes a hypochondriac.

As the months passed the lump seemed to be getting bigger and by the fall it began to be tender.  I talked myself into believing that the so called

cyst was growing because I had been drinking more coffee then usual. Soon it was time to go for my yearly gynecology visit in November anyway.

Unfortunately at the last minute my gynecologist canceled my appt and I was unable get another one until Feb. of 2008.  After all it wasn’t

an emergency, my tests showed a “benign cyst”.  So I decided to go back to the surgeon who aspirated a cyst I had in the same spot approximately 2 years earlier.

He sent me for further testing… January 2008.

After the mammogram, I knew something was terribly wrong.  I saw the films myself and the tech explained them to me of course without telling me

I most likely had cancer and yes it was there 9 months prior clearly visible on the previous films.   How could this happen?  I had always been consistent

with my mammograms, doctors’ appointments, yearly physicals, etc.   I can’t completely describe what I was feeling. Only that it was as though I was

hit by a very large truck.

Well you probably guessed I was diagnosed with breast cancer, not plain old breast cancer but metastatic breast cancer.  This means the cancer

spread to another organ, the liver.  This occurrence was particularly scary for me as my dad died approximately 3 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

which had spread to his liver.

Interestingly my oncologist revealed to me that pancreatic cancer is linked to breast cancer through a genetic mutation called, BRCA2 (Breast Cancer 2).

I was found to have this gene which I inherited from my father.  REMEMBER not my mother, my FATHER.  Everyone gets 2 identical genes one from their father

and one from there mother. Now I knew partly why I ended up with breast cancer. If only someone would have told me!! My children and siblings have a 50 percent

risk of inheriting the gene mutation as well and my daughter recently tested positive for the mutation.

Thankfully, I have been in remission for 3 years and am now dedicated to helping men, women and their families become more knowledgeable about

there cancer risk and seek to prevent it. This is why I became a South Florida outreach coordinator for FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)

. FORCE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian Cancer.

September 25- October 2 is 2011 National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer week. For more information: go to www.facingourrisk.org.

For more from Carey see below…

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sFDA mulls withdrawing drug for breast cancer

The FDA is beginning two days of hearings on the possible withdrawal of its approval of the drug Avastin for treating breast cancer.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

For more information:

 

FDA Grants Genentech

a Hearing on Avastin’s

Use for Metastatic Breast Cancer

in the United States

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a hearing to allow the company the opportunity to present its views on why Avastin® (bevacizumab) should remain FDA-approved for metastatic breast cancer (mBC). The FDA has scheduled the hearing for June 28 to 29, 2011. Currently, and until the conclusion of the proceedings with the FDA, Avastin remains approved for use in combination with paclitaxel for the first-line treatment of HER2-negative mBC in the United States.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue our discussion with the FDA during a public hearing about the use of Avastin in metastatic breast cancer,” said Hal Barron, M.D., chief medical officer and head, Global Product Development. “We believe Avastin is an important option for women with this disease and should remain an FDA-approved choice.”

The FDA’s letter notifying Genentech the hearing has been granted is available on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0621. On January 18, 2011, Genentech submitted its response to the FDA’s Notice of Opportunity for a Hearing (“NOOH”) on the Agency’s proposal to withdraw approval of the mBC indication. The response set forth the Avastin data, analyses and information that Genentech will review with the FDA at the hearing. The company’s response and supporting documentation are available on Genentech’s website at http://www.gene.com/gene/news/news-events/avastin/ or on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0621.  READ MORE>>>

 

 

 

Breast Cancer and Young Women

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Breast/Ovarian Cancer And Young Women
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As young women, our lives are as bright and beautiful as we are. When we worry, it’s about everything from our families and careers to our outfits, deadlines and dates. We expect our bodies to be energetic and resilient, and if we worry about breast and ovarian cancer, it’s usually on behalf of our moms, aunts and grandmothers. After all, when it comes to us, breast and ovarian cancer is something we can think about when we’re older, right?

Well, not exactly. While breast cancer is rare in young women it can and does affect young women.

The best way to ensure you never get breast or ovarian cancer – or to find it before it becomes life threatening – is to start paying attention right now.

Don’t worry, starting to monitor your breast and ovarian health as a young woman does not necessarily mean you are looking for cancer, as it’s very unlikely you’ll develop either as a young woman. It simply means taking control of your long-term health – starting today!

The Proactive Priority
Not Our Mother’s Diagnosis
From Knowing to Doing

Breast cancer is rare in young women as only five percent of all breast cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S. occur in women under 40. Because of the rareness of the disease, such a diagnosis can be especially shocking and difficult for young women. At a time in their life most often reserved for family and career, issues of treatment, recovery and survivorship unexpectedly take top priority.

 

As it is for all women, breast cancer treatment in young women is often very effective and survival is usually good. Overall, however, breast cancers in women under 40 tend to have a poorer prognosis than those in older women. The cancers are more likely to be fast growing and a higher grade, and less likely to have hormone receptors, each of which makes the cancer more aggressive. There is some evidence that chemotherapy is less effective in younger premenopausal patients compared to older premenopausal patients.

 

Breast tissue in premenopausal women is denser and thus it can be more difficult to locate tumors. It is important for young women to be proactive by doing monthly breast self-exams, seeing their gynecologist on a regular basis for a clinical exam and being tuned in to changes in their body.

 

One of the main concerns for young women being treated for breast cancer is loss of fertility. Chemotherapy and tamoxifen can each damage the ovaries, causing irregular periods or stopping periods altogether. You might want to discuss with your healthcare professional the option of freezing your eggs prior to chemotherapy treatments thus enabling you to have the option of having children at a later date.

 

With tamoxifen, regular periods should return after treatment. With chemotherapy, however, the chances are greater that the loss of periods will be permanent. Even so, regular periods will usually return in women under 40, with risk of permanent menopause slowly increasing with age. Certain chemotherapy regimens may be able to lower the chances of permanent menopause.

 

Ovarian Cancer and Young Women
Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant, cancerous cells are found in the ovary. There are different variations and strengths of the tumors that occur in ovarian cancer. However, once a tumor is cancerous, it can spread to other parts of the body. Ovarian cancer is especially hard to detect early because the ovaries are difficult to feel and see, and abnormalities are not always found early. Although early detection is difficult due to a lack of symptoms, it is incredibly helpful and dramatically increases one’s chance of survival. The treatment for ovarian cancer is quite intense and complicated.

 

Ovarian cancer is much less common than breast cancer, with the average woman’s lifetime risk of developing the disease at 1.8% vs. 13%, respectively. It is the eighth most common cancer in women. The disease is diagnosed in women over the age of 55 approximately 2/3 of the time, and women under the age of 55 roughly 1/3 of the time. However, because of the aggressive nature of the cancer, it is especially important that young women who are at high risk for the disease based upon a genetic predisposition or strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, endure rigorous surveillance every 6 months starting at age 30-35 or 5-10 yrs earlier than the earliest age of first diagnosis in the family, and preferably day 1-10 of the menstrual cycle for premenopausal women. For more information on the surveillance recommendations for screening high risk women for ovarian cancer, click here.

 

Options for High Risk Young WomenWhen you’re young and at high-risk for breast and ovarian cancer,

the Bright Pink way is, naturally, to look at the bright side.

There are so many options out there for us now that the future has never looked better!

So let’s look at some of our options and take the first step in figuring out what’s right for us.

Your course of action includes a lot of important decisions that should be

made on an individual basis, alongside a team of medical professionals –

breast cancer surgeons, internal medicine physicians, genetic counselors,

psychologists, gynecologists and oncologists. You should consider every option

and weigh the pros and cons along with these experts who have an

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