Local events, activities and information about breast cancer in Kendall County.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Kim Jewett's Thoughtful Thursdays program organizes a huge fleece-blanket making event at Grande Park Elementary.
When Kim Jewett created her Thoughtful Thursdays campaign, she never quite expected it to grow as much as it has. But the Plainfield resident, currently preparing to undergo radiation treatment for her second battle with breast cancer in the last three years, has started a movement that will only continue to grow and inspire. Jewett was recently named a Huffington Post Person of the Day, which is awarded to individuals who are confronting issues and making a difference in their communities. Several of the previous events that Jewett had done with Thoughtful Thursdays include volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, writing letters to service men and women and raising money for local charities. Last Thursday, Jewett hosted a fleece-…
Tuesday, October 23, 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 woman in Illinois has a one in 124 chance of getting 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 is…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Illinois Cancer Registry estimates 1,890 women statewide will die from breast cancer this year, and about 9,400 women will be diagnosed with the disease. But 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. Here is a list of local places where you can go for mammograms and breast exams in Kendall County: 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 communities about the usefulness of breast self-exams in detecting breast cancer in the early stages. One cancer research organization has even said it’s a myth. The American Cancer Society’s guidelines …
Kim Jewett is 'surviving and thriving' with her acts of kindness program, Thoughtful Thursdays.
UPDATE: Kim Jewett has been chosen as the Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day, which features stories of people across the nation who are confronting major issues and making a difference in their community. Congratulations, Kim! -------------------------------- Kim Jewett may have been diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer, but rather than dwell on it she has chosen “to inspire” instead. Three years ago, when Jewett was 31, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. This February, she was diagnosed again. To distract herself from her sickness, the Plainfield woman and Grande Park Elementary mom, implemented “Thoughtful Thursdays” over the summer, where she and her family and friends would do something thoughtful for others …
Monday, October 15, 2012
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of local breast cancer support groups.
One in eight American women and one in 1,000 American men are battling breast cancer today. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year. Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups. “Support groups are really beneficial,” says Debra Somerrs Copit, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a member of the medical advisory board for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “When patients are told they’re sick, it can be an out of body experience and they aren’t taking in everything the doctor is saying. It can be helpful to have someone to …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means a variety of pink products will be hitting the shelves. But, do your pink purchases always go towards the cause?
A wave of pink is flooding stores everywhere, as retailers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the savvy shopper, it's an opportunity to donate to a good cause while snagging unique, pink-hued items. Here are a few local places offering pink products: But before you plunk down your green for some pink, the nonprofits behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month want you to check the label. Jenna Glazer, director of development for Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a global organization dedicated to helping young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, said that buyers should be on the lookout for a label or tag that tells where the money from the purchase goes. "If you walk into Bed Bath & Beyond and see something with a pink …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Event will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oswego resident Tricia Mascheri been walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, put on by the American Cancer Socity, for six years. Every other year she holds a garage sale to help raise funds for her team and will be holding one this Saturday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 412 Cobblestone Ct, located in the Kingsbrook Crossing subdivision. Mascheri said she walks in memory of one of her aunts who lost a nine year battle to cancer six years ago. She also walks for her mother and another aunt, both breast cancer survivors. “They say finding a cure to breast cancer could be that key to unlock cures or treatments that will help all kinds of cancer and lymphoma,” said Mascheri. “I strive to make that a reality.” …