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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.

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Signups are open for Walk-a-thon

The 5th Annual Strides Walk-a-thon is open for signups.

What is a walk-a-thon?

Walk-a-thon – an event where people volunteer to walk a track, path, or distance for a set amount a time. For every completed lap, mile, or round of the walk that they complete, their sponsors donate an amount of money to a cause or reason the walker is supporting.

Sponsor – a person who makes a donation to the cause or reason based on the performance of the walker. A sponsor can be a friend, family, business or any individual willing to support the walker and the cause.

In this case, walkers are walking to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Breast Cancer. All the donations made to the walkers will go directly to the American Cancer Society Strides program.

Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer.

Sign up to be a walker and start right away finding your sponsors. Once you have signed up to walk at the October 19th event you will pass a walkers folder with helpful information to get you going and set up. Everyone is welcome to walk. Buddy up and walk with a friend or two! As the poster says, “We all leave footprints, Make Yours Count!!!” in the fight against Breast Cancer. Follow the link here to get all the details : 2019 Strides Walk-a-thon For more info contact Leala Spire.

Spooky Facts about Breast Cancer

Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States
**One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
**Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
**Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
**Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
**Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
**On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
**Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.


The good news..

Good News About Breast Cancer Trends

In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

****more information, Cancer facts

 

Don’t miss the Parade of Homes

From sleek modern to cozy, there’s something for every home taste in the Parade of Homes.

Be sure to stop by the houses on the Parade, which goes through Wednesday.. Be sure to bring your Lindens because the houses are for sale and many of the stops also have furniture and more that goes with the homes, all benefiting MSABC Across Second Life.

Here’s a brief rundown of what you’ll see on the tour:

PARADE OF HOMES (1)Wood paneling warms the sleek modern Miami Loft from Harrys Houses. The skybox features plenty of room while still maintaining an open feel.

PARADE OF HOMES (7)Take a trip to the Middle East with the White Villa from Studio Craft Architect. With its clean lines and exotic flair, the Villa transports you to a 1,000 Arabian nights!

PARADE OF HOMES (6)The sprawling home from Pierce Designs Studios is an experience that is not to be missed. The multi-level home with a river running through it brings nature indoors. Explore the hillside home and see what wildlife you can spot.

PARADE OF HOMES (5)Feel the fog rolling in off the water in the mAI Sweet Home in its Lighthouse. With Old World charm, the lighthouse would be a graceful addition to your home.

PARADE OF HOMES (3)Plan to spend some time visiting the Love Everlasting homes. There’s two of them, each with a separate look and feel. See the indoor waterfall at the modern-style chalet or take in the coziness of the stone cottage. Both are available fully furnished and the decor is also separately available, all proceeds going toward MSABC!

PARADE OF HOMES (2)Rowanessque;s cozy cabin has cleaned lines and is perfect for those who wish to have a smaller home.

house_003The final stop on the Parade is AXL-pro’s house, which is a one-of-a-kind sprawling mansion with its own club and more than enough space for entertaining. There’s a second, smaller home available in a MSABC vendor: https://makingstridessecondlife.org/2018/10/25/bonus-home-to-buy-from-axl-pro/

If you have any questions about the Parade of Homes or MSABC please contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly.

Each year, more than a million passionate women, men, and children participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The events unite communities by honoring those affected by the disease and raising money to reduce the burden of breast cancer.  Dollars raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most so that no one facing breast cancer ever has to walk alone.

Your Mission at work.. RESEARCH

RESEARCH IS KEY!!

Study: Newly Identified Genes Linked with Higher Risk for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer..
A team of researchers in Rochester, Minnesota recently discovered mutations in 5 genes that seem to increase the risk for TNBC. These genes are known by several names: breast-cancer-risk genes, cancer-predisposition genes, and cancer-susceptibility genes. The research team was led by Fergus J. Couch, PhD, the Zbigniew and Anna M. Scheller Professor of Medical Research and Chair of the Division of Experimental Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.


TNBC tends to be more aggressive than other common types of breast cancer.
Women usually don’t learn they have it until the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body (metastasized), so it may be more complicated to treat.
Treatment options remain limited. Hormone therapies and targeted therapies that help treat people with some types of breast cancer, don’t work for a woman with TNBC. Doctors use chemotherapy to treat these patients, but it isn’t very effective and may have a lot of side effects…

READ MORE HERE…


Newly Discovered Information TNC…
 

You’re invited to a house party!

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A luxury home will be the centerpiece of an auction party from 3 to 5 p.m. SLT Friday, Oct. 26 to benefit cancer research through the American Cancer Society and MSABC across SL.

This one-of-a-kind luxury home comes fully furnished and landscaped with a full club, pool, dock, helipad and more! See the details of it here:

https://makingstridessecondlife.org/2018/09/19/one-of-a-kind-luxury-house-club-to-be-auctioned-for-msabc-in-sl/

The party will take place at the auction house site: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeen/96/92/3503

Tour the house, then place your bid! Entertainment will be provided by DJ Nuala Maracas of T1 Radio.

If you can not make the live auction event and would like to bid higher if outbid, contact Leala Spire-Marchant (leala spire) to arrange bid by proxy.

At the party, all bidding will be in posted in open chat and the starting bid will be the current highest silent bid. Highest Bidder at end of event will be asked to pay the Strides Kiosk to receive their home.

All proceeds collected during the Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life and the night of the Auction Party will go directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

But wait, there’s even more fun!

AXL-Pro, the builder of the auction house, has also contributed another home in a MSABC vendor: https://makingstridessecondlife.org/2018/10/25/bonus-home-to-buy-from-axl-pro/

Perfect for those wishing for a smaller home but not wanting to scrimp on luxury.

If you have any questions about the auction or MSABC please contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly.

Each year, more than a million passionate women, men, and children participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The events unite communities by honoring those affected by the disease and raising money to reduce the burden of breast cancer.  Dollars raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most so that no one facing breast cancer ever has to walk alone.

 

Raffles Raffles Raffles

raffle-ticketsCome one Come all and get your tickets!!!!  Raffle tickets, that is!!!  There are seven raffles going on right now.  All the raffles will end on Sunday, October 28th at 4:30 pm slt.   Here are the items for Raffle but see pictures and get more information see our Raffle page for more details:

  • Getaway for Two at a resort
  • Private Dining for Two
  • Stone Cottage
  • 4 *RARE* gacha items from various gachas