IMAGINIS.COM BREAST HEALTH NEWSLETTER
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 14
APRIL 12, 2001
WOMEN'S HEALTH NEWS AND INFORMATION
1. STUDY FINDS RISK OF BREAST CANCER MISINTERPRETED BY MANY WOMEN
Many women may be familiar with the statistic, "one in eight women will develop
breast cancer." However, a new study reports that this lifetime risk if often
misinterpreted, causing many women to overestimate their chances of developing breast
cancer. Instead, the researchers believe that risk projections over a shorter period of
time, with specific attention to age and race/ethnicity, may be more helpful for each
woman in understanding her breast cancer risk. To illustrate this, the researchers
estimated the risk of developing breast cancer within the next five, 10, or 20 years for
women of four major races/ethnic groups currently between the ages of 30 and 70.
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2. UNDERSTANDING AND FINDING CLINICAL TRIALS
A clinical trial is an organized research study designed to investigate new methods of
preventing, detecting, diagnosing, or treating an illness or disease, such as cancer.
Despite the importance of clinical trials to both patients and researchers, a recent
survey shows that only 2% to 3% of adult patients participate in clinical trials. This
article explains everything patients need to know about clinical trials--how they planned
and conducted, different phases, benefits and risks, common vocabulary, etc. In addition,
Imaginis also provides a comprehensive directory of resources where patients can find
clinical trial listings and services.
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3. PREVENTING AND TREATING LYMPHEDEMA AFTER BREAST CANCER SURGERY
Lymphedema, the chronic swelling of the arm, is a possible side effect of breast cancer
surgery that involves removing the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes. It is estimated that
of the two million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., approximately 400,000 must cope
with lymphedema on a daily basis. This newly updated article explains what causes
lymphedema, and includes information on how to help prevent and treat the condition.
Related topics, such as exercising after breast cancer surgery, are also discussed.
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4. BIG BAM HOSTS FASHION AND MUSIC SERIES TO RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG
A special cocktail party hosted by the cast of Law and Order and other celebrities,
followed by musical performances from Fisher and Lisa Loeb, is the latest event planned by
Big Bam. Founded in 1998, Big Bam is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate
young women about breast cancer. While the majority of breast cancer cases occur in
women over 50 years of age, there is a growing concern about breast cancer in younger
women. According to Big Bam, the incidence of breast cancer in young women increased by
approximately 55% between 1950 and 1995 and continues to rise at a rate of 2% each year.
Click here to read more or to find out about attending.
5. NEW HBO MOVIE PORTRAYS WOMAN'S BATTLE WITH CANCER
"Wit," a new movie based on Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, is now
airing on HBO. "Wit" stars Emma Thompson as a English poetry professor
whose struggle with gynecologic cancer helps her understand the power and importance of
simple acts of human kindness. The movie is directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate,
Working Girl) and also stars Christopher Lloyd, Audra McDonald, and Eileen Atkins.
Click here for a list of show times:
6. ORAL COMPLICATIONS OF CHEMOTHERAPY
Frieda Pickett, RDH, MS, a professor at East Tennessee State University, is conducting
research on the oral complications of chemotherapy, including any changes or deterioration
of the mouth or teeth from treatment. Pickett plans to publish her research in a major
dental or dental hygiene article and would like to hear from cancer patients who have
experienced oral complications of chemotherapy. Cancer patients and survivors who have
undergone chemotherapy are encouraged to share their experiences with Ms. Pickett. She may
be reached by email at mailto:email@example.com
or by posting a message on the Imaginis.com Breast Cancer Discussion Board at:
7. 3RD ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN BREAST CANCER CONFERENCE
The Sisters Network, a national African-American breast cancer survivors' organization, is
hosting their 3rd annual conference from April 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The conference
will include workshops with medical experts, advocacy training, an awards banquet, and
much more. The Sisters Network has chapters throughout the United States. Their mission is
to increase local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has
in the African-American community.
Click here to learn more about the Sisters Network and their upcoming conference:
IMAGINIS.COM BREAST CANCER DISCUSSION BOARD
"Has anyone had their vision change after chemo or on tamoxifen? My vision in my left
eye will blur sometimes, not all the time but once or twice a week. I also developed
laryngitis so I stopped the tamoxifen just to see if that was the cause. The laryngitis
went away but not the vision problem. Just curious if anyone else has had these
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