Support Breast of Canada – Buy a 2007 Calendar

August 23, 2006 by  
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Good Cause Blogger Sue Richards writes at Performancing

I’m an artist who has been independently publishing a beautiful, educational, fine art photography, breast cancer prevention calendar for 6 years and selling it on-line. For the last year and a half I’ve been blogging about my process.

I do not get paid to do this project. Net proceeds go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Network. All money goes toward education. And yes, the calendar does have photos of breasts.

The 6th Annual
2007 Breast of Canada® Calendar

In Support of Women’s Health.
In Partnership with the
Canadian Breast Cancer Network

Breast of Canada is an artistic calendar designed to inspire you to have greater awareness about breast health and breast cancer prevention. Absolutely guaranteed to inspire conversation.

Three great reasons to own a Breast of Canada Calendar.

One. The Breast of Canada calendar is educational. Being proactive and self educated about your health is an important step to take. The 2007 calendar helps you take that step.

Two. The Breast of Canada calendar is about health. Maintaining and improving your health and cultivating a positive body image stimulates a higher quality of life.

Three. The Breast of Canada calendar raises profile and funds. Net proceeds for the 2007 edition will be directed to the Canadian Breast Cancer Network.

New Views on Weight After Cancer

June 23, 2006 by  
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Nutrition Notes: New Views on Weight After Cancer
By Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN – Weight loss used to be a great cause for worry after someone was diagnosed with cancer, but researchers now say that excessive weight gain


Washington, D.C. – American Institute for Cancer Research – infoZine – Many people who develop a common cancer like breast or colon cancer tend to gain weight. Unfortunately, a study within the Nurses’ Health Study of more than 5,000 women showed that normal weight women who gained weight after diagnosis of their breast cancer were less likely to survive. Women who gained only a moderate amount – on average about six pounds – were 35 percent more likely to die from cancer than those who maintained their weight. Women who gained larger amounts – averaging about 17 pounds – were 64 percent more likely to die from cancer. This same study also confirmed the well-documented connection between overweight nonsmokers and a risk of breast cancer after menopause.

MORE: Kansas City infoZine News – Nutrition Notes: New Views on Weight After Cancer – USA

Ginseng tied to better breast cancer survival

April 2, 2006 by  
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Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:19 PM GMT

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who use the herb ginseng may be more likely to survive breast cancer, and have a better quality of life after treatment, new study findings suggest.

The study cannot establish whether ginseng is the reason for the better prognosis. But investigators say the results lay the groundwork for future clinical trials to see if there is a cause-and-effect benefit.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, included 1,455 Chinese women who were treated for breast cancer and then followed for up to 6 years. It found that women who had been using ginseng before their diagnosis were 30 percent less likely to die during follow-up than women who had never used the herb.

In addition, breast cancer survivors who had started using ginseng after their diagnosis reported greater emotional well-being and a more active social life than those who never tried the herb.

Based on these findings, future clinical trials should investigate the use of ginseng along with conventional breast cancer treatment, according to study co-author Dr. Xiao-Ou Shu of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

But for now, she told Reuters Health, women with the disease should speak with their doctors before using the herb on their own. Like any drug, herbs can have side effects or interact with other medications – a particular concern for people receiving cancer drugs.

Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement that has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. In the West, it is mainly touted as a way to boost energy and immune system defenses; the various commercial preparations are generally made from the roots of one of several plant species, including Panax ginseng — also called Asian ginseng — and Panax quinquefolius, better known as American ginseng.

Most ginseng users in the current study took an American ginseng product or unprocessed “white” ginseng root; all also received mainstream cancer therapy — surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Overall, 27 percent of the women were regular ginseng users before their cancer diagnosis, and they were 30 percent less likely to die of the disease compared with non-users, with factors like age, education and stage of the cancer taken into account.

Of the 1,065 women who were still alive at the follow-up assessment, 63 percent said they had used ginseng after being diagnosed. These women reported better emotional and “social” well-being than their peers who had never used the herb.

As mentioned, it’s not clear that the ginseng was responsible for these benefits, according to Shu and her colleagues. For one, many women tried multiple forms of traditional Chinese or alternative medicine, and it’s not possible to separate their effects.

But, the researchers note, the findings are in line with lab research that has found that constituents of ginseng can inhibit tumor cell growth.

One question for future studies, they say, is whether the form of the ginseng is important. In China, the root is usually cut up to make tea or soup, or sliced and cooked with food.

SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, April 1, 2006.


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