Myths & Facts | Eastern European Jewish Women | Breast Cancer Links | Lymphedema Links
It was my intent when I created OrchisArts to make yearly contributions to grass-root breast cancer organizations that actually change the quality of women's lives, whether it be funding surgical procedures, a carpool ride for treatment or just having their hand held.
I have compiled facts about the disease that you may find helpful."
Myth: Breast Cancer is preventable.
Only women with known "risk factors" get breast cancer.
Mammograms aren't that helpful, and may be harmful.
Mammography doesn't work for younger women.
A lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
Many biopsies turn out not to be cancer, so are unnecessary.
If you have breast cancer, you will lose your breast.
Chemotherapy for breast cancer can be worse than the disease.
If you have breast cancer, your doctor is in charge of your treatment.
If you have breast cancer, you are really on your own.
women of Eastern European origin are more likely than the general population
to be diagnosed with breast cancer. A l996 National Institutes of Health
study found that 2.3% of the Jewish population has a least one of the
three genetic mutations known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian
cancer, compared to less than 1% of the non-Jewish population. Despite
this increased predisposition, the Orthodox community is more withdrawn
and closed, because the subject is often taboo. Orthodox Jewish Women
can find support through ChaiLine,a national telephone support group designed
to meet the needs of all Orthodox women living with breast cancer. Its
hallmark is the anonymity of its participants. It is a conference call
between six to eight Orthodox Jewish women with breast cancer, on long-term
survivor and an Orthodox Jewish social worker.
Casting For Recovery: www.castingforrecovery.org
Cancer Fund: www.breastcancerfund.org
The Pink Ribbons Project: www.pinkribbons.org/
Breast Cancer Org: www.breastcancer.org/
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation: www.bcrfcure.org/
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: www.komen.org/
Cancer Counseling: www.cancerhouston.com
Can Care: www.cancare.org/
Lymphedema Network: http://www.lymphnet.org/whatis.html
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