Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life. Together, we raised over $13,600 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018) for the American Cancer Society, making this our biggest impact on breast cancer from Second Life. Read the full story at https://www.slacsinfo.com/news

A Visit to Pink Power Fest

I started out hoping to blog each day something new from Pink Power Fest. It didn’t work out. I did want to share with you though what people are finding interesting at the Fest. I decided to ask a few random people to give me their thoughts on Pink Power Fest and I’m going to share their thoughts with you. Hope you all will take advantage of these last two days to come by and check it all out. – Leala

It is October and in many places in the Northern Hemisphere, that brings a different hue in the world that surrounds us – autumn. The trees change, the leaves start to fall, the hay grows and crops are harvested. In the midst of all of this, we take the time to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer by way of Making Strides and the American Cancer Society. 

photo by Sunshine

This year, the team put together a week-long festival – Pink Power Fest – to continue the focus and fundraising. The festival is being held on two beautifully landscaped regions. The Making Strides walk was held here on October 19th and it was really a lovely place to walk. But the fun continues with music, activities, shopping and scenic places. 

For instance, who doesn’t like a hayride experience in autumn? Grab a friend and run over to Strides 1 to take a ride. Just watch for the two decked out white Percheron horses pulling a hay wagon and jump on! The horses pull the wagon around through a natural setting. Nice way to spend a little time.

photo by Sunshine

One of the cool things at the awesome Pink Power Fest and Making Strides regions this year is a fairground. You can find roller coasters, a ferris wheel, a huge drop tower, a merry-go-round, a spinning ride, dizzy critterz and even a walking pony ride! Then there is Safari Falls – a log ride that climbs up and around while wild animals watch from the sides with a surprising splash at the end – you WILL get wet!

Be sure to explore the prize-winning livestock, try to stay on the mechanical bull and since it is close to Halloween, be sure to check out the Spook House! There are even Arcade games to try your luck. It would be great for a date or a family outing!
-.Sunshine Gilmore. (sunshine.zhangsun)

photo by Sunshine

I am over at the Strides sims, walking around, I love the vendors they have here for the cars. This one is a monte carlo.  Cool looking car, and of course all proceeds from the sale, goes to help fight Breast Cancer. Lots of other vendors to shop with and raffles also.

photo by Leala

After shopping and walking the track, there is a really cool roller coaster . Wow this thing is far out. Lots of other rides here to check out to.  OH, and don’t forget the dancing.
– Robby Composer

Mystery Shopper Blogger here – wandering the fantastic Fall sims, landscaped by Mac Pierce, and looking at all the shopping carts filled with an assortment of home & garden decor and clothing fashions.  Something for everybody and proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness. This year’s theme is Strides Pink Power Fest 2019. Not only for shopping but a lot of fun carnival rides – must see to believe the fun assortment of rides to have fun on.
But let’s go shopping!!! 

Region:  STRIDE 1
Kalani’s = fashion, offering a pretty formal in red or black, called “Channing”. Note the big bow that compliments the back of the formal.

Leala in dress by Kalani’s and Sandie in dress by Gemstone Arts (photo by Leala)

Lurve (fashion)  sexy little formal with cutouts in the bodice top, side, and back of formal.  Offered in 3 colors, baby blue, magenta pink, teal.

The Crone (fashion) just in time for Halloween – ruby tears and a flesh shell – the perfect accessories for your favorite Halloween costume or goth outfit.

Sassy Brats – (home decor) – the perfect artwork for the holidays.   Halloween; a black cat with pumpkin & bats. Christmas is a sweet snowman cuddling a kitten.   Too cute, must have.

Love Everlasting (home decor) – Mocha Love set offers a little chaise with pillows  Might be good gift for Valentines Day or the perfect spot in front of your bay windows.  A bedroom set and a living room set rounds out the 3 piece Mocha Love set. ALso available a bedroom set called Rose Glam and Neon Pink.

Little 2 Large (fashion) – a classic little mini dress in 4 colors & textures.

PlantPets (Home decor) – one of your favorite SL pets that doesn’t food.  Caladium Hope is a pretty set. Must have for your garden.

Simple Reflections (home Decor) – SR Spiral Ironwork set – copper.  6 piece set in copper that includes the plants! Also a surf board seating arrangement – perfect for your oceanfront cottage.

Touryuumon – (fashion) – a unique nail set in 5 colors.  For Jinx Petite Cenpetitaur & Yabusaka Petite avatar – a sable texture & appliers for upper body skin, eyes, belt & vest outfit.

Balaclava!!  (home decor) – a Pretzel machine!  Yes.. with pretzels displayed and touch for your very own warm pretzel.

Roped Passions – (fashion) – Salacious Scarlett Outfit – little mini dress with matching stockings and necklace.

Pumpkin patch with Inflatable haunted house in background (photo by Leala)

**  Pumpkin carving patch!!  You pick a pumpkin and get to carve it, touch to light it and take it with you when done.

+RWS+   (home decor)  Inflatable haunted house.  30 prims, copy/mod.

Lore Wear Clothing (fashion)  exclusive – a tank top and skirt set with “Fight Strong” on the tank top.  Also offered the cutest little pink kitten in a cupcake stuffie.

Simply Shelby  (home decor) Cherished Hanging Bench – with hot pink flowers on the trellis over the bench.  Perfect for your garden. Also a Enchanted Crystal Garden, a little pink garden fairy keeping watch over pink flowers and crystals.

Ąŗį Ąņãţįņę (shop name unknown)  (fashion) several cute dresses, t-shirts and tops.  Men and women styles. – must see.

Epicine  (fashion)  Tarra shorts – pretty in pink with a rainbow on the back pocket. Support the Fight wristbands in 5 colors and sayings.  A Heart of Hope tattoo – must see.

Snokis Art (home decor) –  unique hand drawn art work with sayings.

Kitty Creations  (home decor) Summer Dream Pavilin in 4 colors; His Leather chair (with hud. 8 color choices, 69 animations);  Hanging Bed Garden Gazebo; Round Cuddles Sofa; several styles of seating.

Simple Terms  (fashion) Courage – little mini dress in 3 colors

Stoneworks (fashion) Barely Pink Roses Lady Ascot hat

Allure Couture Group (fashion)  Jill Jeans outfit fatpack – top, slacks and shoes – several colors.

Moon & Back Creations (fashion) 9 different sets of pink textures – each set has 10 textures

Region:  STRIDES 2
Dench Designs (home decor)  Sherwood Table – perfect for the little spot in the forest, with male and female animations in the chairs.

Fire Within (fashion)  sweatshirt for male & female with “Fight Believe Survive” texture on front.

Artisanna Tattoos (fashion)  A Touch of Pink – body tattoo, pretty pink flowers from neck to leg – perfect with that pink bikini

Changed Seasons (fashion)  Kate – a cute little romper with pink flowers on bodice and little ruffle skirt

in.SANITY Designs (fashion)  a leggings and crop top in 10 colors, in single or fatpack

The Bold Llama T-Shirt Company (fashion)  t-shirts in a variety of texture styles and colors.

DCKM  (home decor)   A variety of framed pictures to choose from.

The WHite Bunneh  (home decor) the cutest cupcake with sprinkles and a bunneh on the cupcake liner.  Also little fish bowl aquarium with animated fish

lunamoon’s Creation Shop  (fashion) Holiday Sequin Fitmesh high slit gown – in 12 texture colors.  Four halloween outfit and a Masquerade Black Satin Party dress with heels and mask.  – not so mystery shopper, Eclair (eclair.martinek)

Hope you will drop by and check out these great things and more!!!! See ya there!!

Day 2 of Pink Power Fest

What a crazy & amazing first day at Pink Power Fest!!! There were times the sims were full. The entertainment is awesome and all the OutShop Cancer Merchants that have added their vendor to the event, makes this a place not to miss. Pierce Design Studio and their team help by making these sims just perfect. It’s a Country Fair that you can enjoy all day long.

Today we kick off our second day here at Pink Power Fest and here is the line up for today:

12:00 PMBlack Vinyl Tribute
2:00 PMDJ LANDY ™ (landau.shippe)host: Elayne Diavolo
4:00 PMWayne Rhodell (wvhillbilly44) host: Elayne Diavolo
5:00 PMTrader Whiplash w/ T1 Radio host: Elayne Diavolo
7:00 PMDJ ηιηנαClαυʂ (ninjaclaus1.svoboda)host: Darlene Snowbear

Come on by and enjoy the entertainment, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin… the list of things to do just go on and on. Did I mention the Raffles and Auctions too?? OMG and the Inflatable Acoustic and Electric Guitars Gacha!!!! They have animation to play them built in too! oh oh and the Doll house!!! Well just come on by and see for yourself!!!!

Here is where you will find us: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Strides%202/6/221/23

Make Time for Your Mammogram!

The first step in fighting back against breast cancer is knowing your body and making sure to stay up to date on screenings.

One of the strongest tools in your arsenal is doing your regular breast exams and having mammograms done on the schedule that fits your risk and need.

Many times tumors are found early through mammography and this early diagnosis is helping us have more survivors!

The third Friday of the month of October is National Mammogram Day – have you scheduled yours for this year yet?

To learn more about mammograms, recommended ages to start and more, please visit the mammogram information pages found here.

Survivor Spotlight: Kaijah Chrome

Today’s Spotlight Survivor is Kaijah Chrome, co-owner of ENT SL Radio.

Mission Monday: Saving Lives with Research

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We’re the only cancer organization offering services and support for every aspect of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Each Monday in October we will highlight ways that we are living the mission and how people who support Making Strides and the American Cancer Society are impacting both their local community and communities around the world – including the virtual world – and helping to lead the fight against breast cancer.

One of the biggest ways we fight back and save lives is by finding the causes of breast cancer and ways to cure it.

As of March 2019, $64.3 million dollars (US) has been invested in breast cancer research. And as of March 2019, 160 research grants related to breast cancer have been funded. *Note: As of August 1, 2019 there are a total of 162 breast cancer grants in effect and $67 million dollars has been allocated to funding breast cancer research.

Science takes time, but as we learn from what we know from the past – that knowledge paves the path for breakthroughs ahead.

Take, for example, one of the most important discoveries in advancing the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Identifying the BRCA1 gene in 1990 paved the way for understanding the link between mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. More than three decades later, we’re building on that science to uncover how mutations in these genes impact the likelihood of responsiveness or resistance to new chemotherapy drugs.

BRCA1 gene Timeline:

  • 1950-19910: ongoing research established there were genetic links between breast and ovarian cancers.
  • 1990: Researcher Mary-Claire King, PhD, discovered the first specific gene that if mutated could increase the risk of breast cancer. She named the gene BRCA1.
  • 1991: Scientist Patrice Watson, PhD, and colleagues found that the BRCA1 gene was also linked to ovarian cancer. *
  • 1994: Researchers discovered that the BRCA1 genetic mutation was strongly linked to Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
  • 1994: Scientists discovered a second gene linked to breast cancer – BRCA2.
  • 1996: Moving BRCA-1 Forward – Mary-Claire King, PhD (above); Elaine Ostrander, PhD; and colleagues did the research needed to be able to study BRCA1 in animals. This work paved the way for future clinical trials in humans.*
  • 1998: Oncologist and researcher Bernard Fisher, MD, and colleagues found that the chemotherapy drug tamoxifen decreased the incidence of breast cancer by nearly 50% in women who were at increased risk due to carrying a BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 mutation. *
  • 2004: Scientist Susan Neuhausen, PhD, demonstrated that prophylactic bilateral mastectomy substantially reduced the incidence of breast cancer among women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene. *
  • 2009: Oncologists Roger A. Greenberg, MD, PhD, and Susan Domchek, MD, found a way to determine (in mice) whether BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations will cause cancer.
  • Future: The American Cancer Society continues to fund ongoing research into breast cancer risk. This is a major focus for our epidemiology team; they are studying the effect of exercise, weight, and diet on breast cancer risk. We are also funding researchers who are working on understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that cause breast cancer to develop and to spread. And we remain committed to improving treatment and funding research into how mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 impact the likelihood of responsiveness or resistance to new chemotherapy drugs.

*Denotes research funded by the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about the innovative approach to research by the American Cancer Society by visiting here.

Learn more about current breast cancer research grantees by visiting here.

 

 

Fact Friday: Antiperspirants & Breast Cancer Risk

For several years a rumors have spread through email chain letters and on websites that there is a link between the use of antiperspirants and an increased risk for breast cancer.

The main claims include:

  • Cancer-causing substances in antiperspirants are absorbed through razor nicks from underarm shaving.
  • Most breast cancers develop in the upper outer quadrant of the breast because that area is closest to the lymph nodes exposed to antiperspirants.
  • Men have a lower risk of breast cancer because they do not shave their underarms, and their underarm hair keeps chemicals in antiperspirants from being absorbed.

Based on studies, these claims are largely untrue.

Some often asked questions about the link between breast cancer risk and the use of antiperspirants include:

Do antiperspirants increase a person’s risk of breast cancer?

There are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim.

Does using antiperspirant after shaving allow chemicals to enter the body from the armpit and increase breast cancer risk?

Razor nicks may increase the risk of skin infection. If the underarm skin is already broken or infected, it is possible that some antiperspirants could cause slight irritation. But it is unlikely that this is a major source of carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) that get into the body and reach the breast cells.

Should I be concerned about parabens?

Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives and as food additives. They can be found in many types of make-up (like lipstick, mascara, concealer, and foundation) and skin care products (like lotion, shaving products, and sunscreen). Parabens can be absorbed through the skin.

Intake of parabens is a possible concern because studies have shown that parabens have weak estrogen-like properties. Estrogen is a female hormone known to cause breast cells (both normal and cancerous) to grow and divide. And some conditions that increase the body’s exposure to estrogen (like not having children, late menopause, obesity, etc.) have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Although at this time there are no clear health risks from parabens in food, drugs, cosmetics, and skin care products, people concerned about exposure to parabens can avoid products containing them. (Source page dated Oct 14, 2014.)

Should I be concerned about aluminum in antiperspirants?

Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants. They block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin’s surface.

But it isn’t clear that much aluminum is absorbed through the skin.

At this point, no clear link has been made between antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer. (Source page dated Oct 14, 2014)

Are men less likely to get breast cancer because antiperspirant gets caught in their underarm hair and is not absorbed by their skin?

Men are much less likely than women to develop breast cancer, mostly because men have much less breast tissue than women. Women have about 100 times more breast tissue than men and are about 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

Why does my doctor tell me not to use antiperspirant or deodorant on the day of my mammogram?

You are asked to not use antiperspirant or deodorant on the day you get a mammogram because many of these products contain aluminum. This metal can show up on a mammogram as tiny specks. These specks can look like microcalcifications, which are one of the things doctors look for as a possible sign of cancer. Not using these products helps prevent any confusion when the mammogram films are reviewed.

How can I learn more about breast cancer risk factors and ways to find breast cancer early, when treatment works best?

Women concerned about breast cancer can learn about risk factors for breast cancer and possible strategies to reduce breast cancer risk in Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention.

You can also talk to your doctor, nurse, or other health care providers. The American Cancer Society has information about all aspects of breast cancer, from causes and prevention, to diagnosis and treatment. Contact us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our website, http://www.cancer.org.

To learn more about each question listed above as well as the research that has been conducted, please visit the following pages: Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer Risk and Antiperspirants/ Deodorants and Breast Cancer.