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Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
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  • 1. Breast Cancer Awareness
    Arianna Buonanno
  • 2. Definition
    Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
    Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2009:
    New cases: 192,370 (female); 1,910 (male)
    Deaths: 40,170 (female); 440 (male)
  • 3. Detection
    Breast cancer is detected by either self-examination or by a variety of different clinical examinations.
    Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year.
    Between the ages of 20 and 39, women should have a clinical breast examination by a health professional every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
    Women age 20 or older should perform a breast self-examination (BSE) every month. By doing the exam regularly, you get to know how your breasts normally feel and you can more readily detect any signs or symptoms.
    Women with increased risk factors should start regular mammography before the age of 40
    To ensure the highest quality with the most accuracy for mammography, they should be performed by specially trained radiologists, dedicated X-ray units, and specially trained technicians to perform the studies.
  • 4. Possible Risk Factors & Symptoms
    Personal Health History
    Family Health History
    Genetic Mutations
    Reproductive History
    Radiation Exposure
    Lack of Physical Activity
    Alcohol Intake
    • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
    • 5. A change in the size or shape of the breast
    • 6. Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
    • 7. A nipple turned inward into the breast
    • 8. Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast). The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.
  • Stages
    Cancer stage is based on the size of the tumor, whether the cancer is invasive or non-invasive, whether lymph nodes are involved, and whether the cancer has spread beyond the breast.
    Stages include I-IV with various intermediate stages between stages III & IV.
    Did You Know...
    Chances are you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer.  The simple facts are that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease in her lifetime and one women dies from this disease every 12 minutes in the US.
    If breast cancer is detected in its early stages, the five year survival rate is greater than 95%. 
  • 9. Treatment Options
    Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Lymph node dissection
    Used in both early & late stages of Breast Cancer detection
    Reduces risk of Breast Cancer reoccurrence by 70%
    Hormonal Therapy
    Lowers amount of estrogen in the body & blocks action of estrogen on breast cancer cells
    Holistic Medicine
    Acupuncture, Meditation, Support Groups etc.
    Clinical Trials
    Used less than 5% in Breast Cancer patients
  • 10. Statistics
    At this time there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
    A woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is: From age 30-39 . . . . . . 1 out of 229 From age 40-49 . . . . . . 1 out of 68 From age 50-59 . . . . . . 1 out of 37 From age 60-69 . . . . . . 1 out of 26 From age 70-85. . . . . . .1 out of 8
    Over 70% of Breast Cancer Cases occur in women with no known identifiable risk factors.
    Source: American Cancer Society
  • 11. My Story
    My mother was diagnosed with Stage I Breast Cancer five years ago this coming May. I am proud to say that she is now 5 years cancer free! However, when I was 15 I took on the roles of the household for my older brother and grandfather.
    Since her diagnosis, my family & I have worked and volunteered to help raise funds and awareness to young men & women across Rhode Island.
    As a former Miss Teen Rhode Island International, I was honored enough to speak about this cause to an audience from all over the world at the national pageant in Chicago, IL.
    Also, during my reign I went on a statewide speaking tour advocating for screening and mammograms for all women.
  • 12. Philanthropic Work
    • “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”: 4 Mile Walk Participant
    • 13. 2003-Present
    • 14. Hope for a Cure: Pink Ribbon Campaign
    • 15. 2003 - Present
    • 16. Gloria Gemma: Flames of Hope Torch Bearer
    • 17. October 11, 2008
    • 18. Gloria Gemma “Pink” Out Charity Football Game Half Time Performer
    • 19. October 2008
    • 20. Rhode Island Radio Guest Speaker: “Hope for a Cure”
    • 21. April 2009
    • 22. Coordinator: Raising Hope for a Cure “Pink Out Night”
    • 23. May 2009
  • Events
    Flames of Hope Click here for video options from 2008 Event
  • 24. WaterFire, PrOVidence, RI
    Family & Supporters at the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation Waterfire
  • 25. Flames of hope
    Every torch bearer represents a life saved or lost to breast cancer.
  • 26. WaterFire: Flames of Hope
    My mom Jane & I holding torches in honor of all who have passed away from this disease and representing the hope of the future to find a cure.
  • 27. Gloria Gemma Foundation
    “The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was established in 2004 in loving memory of our mom Gloria Gemma and in honor of her courageous fight against breast    cancer.  Our mission is to raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education and generate funding for critical breast health programs that are in desperate need of being brought to fruition.  Our promise is that 100% of the net proceeds will remain right here in our local community.  We recognize breast self examination as a critical tool in the fight against breast cancer.  We also recognize all of the breast health care providers as essential partners in the war against this disease.”
    For more information or to donate to the cause please visit the Gloria Gemma website.
    Click here for Information!
    Gloria Gemma Site
  • 28. Thank you
    For further information on getting involved Please email me at: