Strange Findings Are You One of the 11%?

By: Breanna Terrell, SurviveMISS Coordinator

Strange Findings: Are You One of the 11%?

Strange Findings: Are You One of the 11%? According to the CDC, about 11% of all new diagnoses of breast cancer are in women under 45. SurviveMISS is an organization, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which focuses on the unique needs of this 11%. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis would rock anyone’s world, but receiving that diagnosis at a younger age can be even more devastating, confusing, and hard to process.

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

By: Laura Ricks

3 Reasons Why You Need To Explore This Website

Right after I started working with young women fighting breast cancer, I was talking to a woman I know, though not very well, in Los Angeles. I had contacted her to see if she would attending a non-work event I was organizing, and she said she couldn’t because she was being treated for breast cancer.

 The Financial Burden of Breast Cancer


The Financial Burden of Breast Cancer

Numbers don’t lie and we all know the cost of healthcare seem to keep rising. Comprehending a cancer diagnosis is tough, which often forces thoughts of “What will this treatment cost?” to the back burner. Often the reality of cost doesn’t sink in until patients are undergoing treatment, sending them into a tailspin that leaves them thinking less about their recovery than about how they’re going to pay for everything. But I am here to tell you that it is okay to ask for help and a great first step is to reach out to your healthcare team.

Shaking The Family Tree How Genetics Testing Can Help

By: Angela Taylor

Shaking The Family Tree: How Genetics Testing Can Help

“Everybody in our family gets cancer if they live long enough.” Unfortunately, that is a statement heard too frequently when doctors are asking patients about their family’s health. For these patients, nagging thoughts may occasionally surface, such as “I wonder if I’ll get cancer too,” “If I get cancer, will there be any warning or will it just be too late when I find out?” or “I wish there was something that I could do to break the family pattern of suffering with cancer.”

Speak Up Communicating Clearly About What You Need Helps Relationships

By: Barbara J. Herring RN, BSN, OCN, ONN-CG, CBCN

Speak Up: Communicating Clearly About What You Need Helps Relationships

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, I’m sure you’ve noticed that it can affect your relationships. I’m not just talking about romantic relationships, but familial and friend relationships as well. The main thing I’ve noted while helping women through treatment and survivorship is the old saying “Communication is key.” I know that phrase may sound old and tired, but it is true, especially during hard times, as I’ve learned from my patients as a nurse.

Who Would Have Guessed? Breast Cancer Actually Made My Relationships Better

By: Kenitra Miggins, Survivor

Who Would Have Guessed? Breast Cancer Actually Made My Relationships Better

I was diagnosed with breast cancer four days after my 32nd birthday. After the initial shock of the diagnosis, I was flooded with many emotions. My mind was clouded with “what if?” thoughts, “why me?” and I wondered how others would feel about me once they knew I had cancer. I toyed with the idea of telling others, trying to decide how and when I would share this information.

Cancer Genetics 101

By: Alix D’Angelo

Cancer Genetics 101

While most breast cancers occur sporadically (usually linked to environmental factors such as smoking cigarettes and hormone replacement therapy), up to 10% are hereditary. Hereditary breast cancers are caused by DNA mutations that are typically passed down in families for generations. Features of hereditary breast cancers include a young age at diagnosis (under 50 years old), multiple affected relatives in multiple generations, individuals with more than one cancer, and relatives with related cancers such as male breast cancer and ovarian cancer. But how do these DNA mutations cause cancer?

Mississippi's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Mississippi, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurvivMISS is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveMISS's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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