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A newsletter for breast cancer survivors


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    Beaumont Cancer Center3577 W. Thirteen Mile

    Royal Oak, MI 48073-6710248-551-8585

    Speakers Schedule248-551-8588

    Our Cover Story: Screening for All! Lots of Special Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events! Calendar of Events

    In This Issue:

    You can make a difference

    Sharing & Caring is a non-profit

    organization devoted to the education and support of

    breast cancer survivors. Your donation will

    support programs for others who follow in your footsteps. Please make your check payable to Sharing & Caring

    at the above address.


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    A screening test tries to find a disease before there are any symptoms. With breast cancer, theres a misconception that if you feel fine, dont have a lump, and have no family history of breast cancer, youre okay. The truth is that three-quarters of the women in whom we find breast cancer have no risk factors. So screening is important for everyone. - Susan Greenstein Orel, MD

    If youve never had breast cancer and want to increase your odds of early detection, you need to know what tests are available that will increase your chance of finding it earlyif you do develop breast cancer. Screening tests such as yearly mammograms are given routinely to people who appear to be healthy and are not suspected of having breast cancer. Their purpose is to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms can develop and the cancer usually is easier to treat. In addition to annual mammography, there are several other screening tests available that can help you or your doctor make an early diagnosis.

    BREAST SELF EXAM Try to get in the habit of doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. Examine yourself several days after your period ends, when your breasts are least likely to be swollen and tender. If you are no longer having periods, choose a day thats easy to remember, such as the first or last day of the month. Dont panic if you think you feel a lump. In the United States, only 20% of women who have a suspicious lump biopsied turn out to have breast cancer. Whats important is that you get to know the look and feel of YOUR breasts. Does something stand out as different from the rest? Has anything changed? Bring to the attention of your doctor any changes in your breasts that

    last more than a full months cycle OR seem to get worse or more obvious over time.

    BREAST PHYSICAL EXAMSThis exam, given by a doctor or other health care professional, can help find lumps that women may miss with their own self-exams.Lumps, thickening, asymmetry (a difference in appearance between the two breasts) changes in your breasts that you may not notice or think are normal may be detected by a health professional who examines many breasts regularly. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

    THERMOGRAPHYAlso called thermal imaging, thermography uses a special camera to measure the temperature of the skin on the breasts surface. It is a non-invasive test that involves no radiation.Thermography is based on two ideas:Blood flow and metabolism are higher in a cancer tumor. As blood flow and metabolism increase, skin temperature goes up.Thermography has been available for several decades, but no study has shown that its a good screening tool to detect breast cancer early, when the cancer is most treatable. The American Cancer Society does not recommend thermography as a replacement for mammograms. Thermography may be used to supplement information from a mammogram and help identify cancers that are close to the skin. Still, thermography cant find cancers that are deeper in the breast and it cant detect small cancers.Researchers are developing and testing new versions of thermography that someday may improve the tests accuracy and usefulness.

    ULTRASOUNDUltrasound is an imaging test that sends continued on page 3...

    News About Breast Cancer

    Screening is for Everyone

  • vHappy Fall Everyone!

    As we head into the cooler, crisp autumn months we also head into the pink ribbon season. This October we will be focusing on survivorship, with the four topics that are consistently the most requested; exercise, nutrition,

    bone health and hormonal therapies. The Survivorship Series kicks off on September 27th with Bone Health. It continues October 4th with Exercise and Risk Reduction, followed by Managing Hormonal Therapies in Survivorship on October 25th, and finally finishing up with Nutrition in Survivorship on October 30th. Please see our quarterly calendar in the center of the newsletter for all the details.

    I would also like to personally encourage all of you to attend one of Beaumonts Breast Health Fairs. These fairs are packed with information on womens health with a focus on breast health. If you cannot attend, please spread the word about the event. Together we can encourage more women to be proactive in their breast health and help save lives.

    On a lighter note, join us Saturday, October 20th forthe First Breast Cancer Awareness Trend Show at 3:00 pm at Macys Twelve Oaks Cosmetics & Fragrances

    Department. Special Guests will be our own Beaumont Hospital Sharing & Caring models!!!!!! This event is a guaranteed fun time and will help generate much needed donations to S&C. Again, youll find all the details in our quarterly calendar.

    Speaking of donations, I would like to give a huge thank you to the Berkley High School girls basketball team and the boys baseball team. These awesome high school teams played games benefitting Sharing & Caring and raised over $1,400! A generous donation of $1,500 was also received from the Think Pink club of North Farmington High School. The suggestion to donate the monies to Sharing & Caring was made by student Michelle Torby. Her mother, Joyce Torby, was last quarters profile person. Perhaps you could organize a fundraising event for Sharing & Caring like these kids did. Think casual days at work, or a church or community awareness event. Wed be happy to supply you with breast cancer awareness materials and Sharing & Caring brochures. If youre unable to organize an event, then please remember S&C as you plan your year-end donations. We exist because of all the heartfelt donations that you send us. Thank you. Warm Regards, Lorelei

    Email us at You can also find us on Facebook as Sharing & Caring at Beaumont Hospitals. Like us and get all the latest news!

    Greetings from Lorelei

    Please Send Hats is a humorous and heartwarming presentation that tells Laura Clark Hansens moving and often hilarious story of cancer survival. The presentation intertwines vibrant reflections on a Baby Boomers past with insightful observations about the transformative power that cancer can have in the present. It provides hope and inspiration for survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones as it follows Lauras journey to rebuild and reclaim a life altered by illness.

    Please join Beaumonts One to One Ovarian Cancer Support and Sharing & Caring Breast Cancer Education and Support Groups for this powerful evening. Laura is an actress, playwright and theater producer who brings her 20 yeras of writing and performing experience to the most import role shes ever had to play; the role of a supportive survivor and passionate advocate in the fight against Ovarian Cancer. Laura makes us all think about cancer survivorship and treatment in a different way. This is intended for all audiences, so please bring your family and friends.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm To register, call 1-800-633-7377, or visit

    Held in the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Administration Building Auditorium. Please park in the South Parking Deck adjacent to the Administration Building.

    Please Send Hats!

    A Baby Boomers Rude Awakening to Ovarian Cancer

  • Please join Sharing & Caring at the information-packed Breast Health Fairs. This is our 7th year of participating, and the Fairs just keep getting better! Featuring information on womens

    health, with an emphasis on breast health, the fairs offer tons of information all in one place. Come see what is new in womens health, talk to health care professionals and leave with all the

    latest information!


    SCREENING IS FOR EVERYONE...continued from page1

    high-frequency sound waves through your breast and converts them into images on a viewing screen. The ultrasound technician places a sound-emitting probe on the breast to conduct the test. There is no radiation involved. Ultrasound is not used on its own as a screening test for breast cancer. Rather, it is used to complement other screening tests. If an abnormality is seen on mammography or felt by physical exam, ultrasound is the best way to find out if the abnormality is solid (such as a benign fibroadenoma or cancer) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). It cannot determine whether a solid lump is cancerous, nor can it detect calcifications.

    MRIAlso known as magnetic resonance imaging, this a technology that uses magnets and radio waves to produce detailed cross-sectional images