Why I REALLY need to go to Atlanta

After Cancer - Now What? — By on February 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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First I read an article about how a href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100223132017.htm?utm_source=feedburneramp;utm_medium=feedamp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29amp;utm_content=Google+Reader”estrogen can interfere with chemotherapy/a, particularly in cancers that are estrogen positive. br /
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Then I see a href=”http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/636307.html”this article/a about states dropping screening programs, especially for women under age 50.br /
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Wait? I thought all of us ladies over reacted when the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force came out with those recommendations didn’t we?nbsp; br /
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I’m really glad that I’m on my way to Atlanta to attend the Young Survival Coalition Conference. See, when I’m with these women no one thinks I’m over reacting. They understand, all of them, personally.br /
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You see, you’re supposed to believe that young women don’t get breast cancer. That’s it is “rare” and nothing for you to worry about. The truth is that while women under 40 are not the typical breast cancer patient we are not as rare as you’d like to think. br /
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When this study came out back on November of 2009 I wrote thisbr /
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div style=”text-align: center;”I’m tired of hearing about family history and genetic markers. I had no family history,br /
and neither do the vast majority of the women under age 50 who are diagnosed withbr /
breast cancer. In fact, did you know that more than 20 percent of the women diagnosedbr /
with breast cancer are age 49 or younger? Did you know that the median age of breastbr /
cancer diagnosis is 61? Now for those of you who don’t remember your statistics thatbr /
means that half of the patients are over age 61 and half are under. a href=”http://www.aftercancernowwhat.com/2009/11/new-rules-for-people-with-breasts.html”more/a/divbr /
But of course back then I was just ranting. I am actually on the older end of the crowd with these women but they love me just the same.nbsp; br /
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So if you’re in Atlanta be on the look out, that rowdy table next to you at dinner may just be full of young survivors. There are lots of us.div class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/4713736175601908568-6084171115484509052?l=www.aftercancernowwhat.com’ alt=” //div
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