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Does Deodorant/Antiperspirant Cause Breast Cancer?

Rumors of a link between deodorant/antiperspirant and breast cancer have been around for nearly 20 years. The theory is that by blocking sweat glands in the armpits (particularly in women who shave their underarms), antiperspirants allow toxic compounds to accumulate in the underarm lymph nodes near the breasts, prompting cancer to develop.
However, research has found no conclusive evidence of a connection between deodorant/antiperspirant use and breast cancer.
A major study in 2002 found no data to support this claim. The study involved more than 1,600 women, about half of whom had breast cancer and an equal number who did not. The researchers found …

 

Patriots BCA game holds a special place in Bakes4BC volunteer’s heart

 
After four years cheering for the New England Patriots I still get the same excited, giddy, anxious feeling before every game. Each game is special and I feel lucky to be a part of every one. But, there is one game in October that holds a special place in my heart.
Every October the NFL goes pink to support breast cancer awareness. Each team dedicates one game during breast cancer awareness month to call attention to the disease in hopes of promoting early detection. The result of this game is a powerful visual. Players, coaches, stadium staff and cheerleaders dress in …

 

Office Bake Sale Challenge is on!

We challenge you to get involved with a simple bake sale at your office to help us raise money for breast cancer!
Download our calendar and ask your coworkers during the month of October to sign up to bring in a dessert each day during the month of October or any day that co-workers can in Breast Cancer Awareness Month to your office. Keep the donation jar near the desserts and let your coworkers enjoy desserts everyday possible and see the donation jar fill for breast cancer!
For more information on the Office Bake Sale please visit our website page.
Accept this challenge …

 

Get Involved Join the Office Bake Sale!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is soon approaching and we are excited to be kicking off a new event the First Annual Office Bake Sale!
We know how much everyone loves sweets at the office! Now the sweets at your office can help raise money for breast cancer! Your office can help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer that touches so many we know and love just by having you and your coworkers bring desserts to your office, every day during the month of October!. Sell the sweets to your coworkers as a part of the Office Bake Sale …

 

Peter Devereaux Last Blog: Time to get caught up with Peter

This was the last blog Peter Devereaux sent to us last month.  It is with heavy hearts we share Peter’s last blog again in light of his recent passing at the age of 52 from male breast cancer. 
For us, Peter was a beacon of light and an inspiration to anyone who had the wonderful opportunity to know and meet him.  For me, meeting Peter was indeed a special gift I will hold in my heart forever.
Peter was a true fighter both in the ring and out of the ring;  a hero who not only served his country bravely but …

 

Five Tips for Managing Stress During Cancer Treatment

Everyone faces stress from time to time, but a cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging for both the patient and the family members.
“For many of our patients and survivors, they experience a great deal of stress related to
Eric Zhou
their diagnosis, treatment, or fears of recurrence,” says Eric Zhou, PhD, clinical psychology fellow at Dana-Farber’s Perini Family Survivors’ Center. “But they also have general life stresses on top of that, like family, finances, and work, that don’t go away just because they’re battling cancer.”
Zhou, who leads Dana-Farber’s Survivor Stress Management and Relaxation Training (SMART) workshops, provides some tips on how to …

 

Our First Grant

It is with sincere gratitude that we thank Harvard  Pilgrim  Health Care Foundation for the grant we received to help our organization Bakes for Breast Cancer raise money for breast cancer.
Our nonprofit breast cancer organization, Bakes for Breast Cancer has big dreams and plans and needs to rely on the support of our community and sponsors to help us achieve our goals and visions for the future.  As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child, well it takes a village to run a fundraising organization that raises money for breast cancer where anyone and everyone can …

 

A Great Corn Salad for Summer

It is summer and corn is in season across the country. Therefore it is a wonderful time to try corn in a new way! This wonderful corn salad from Ina Garten is my go to recipe for bbq, picnics during the summer and anytime of the year.
It can be made with fresh corn or if in a hurry with frozen corn thawed. I have done it both ways and if using frozen corn, I use two bags.  I also have cooked the corn in the microwave instead of on the stove in boiling water.
Its refreshing flavors make it a perfect …

 

Young, Poorer Breast Cancer Patients More Likely to Have Delays in Care

Young women with fewer financial resources are more likely to experience long delays between the time they detect a breast abnormality and the time they get a diagnosis, a recent study shows. Initially launched to help researchers better understand why breast cancers are more deadly in young women, the study was led by Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber, and Kathryn Ruddy, MD, MPH, formerly of Dana-Farber and now at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
The study involved 585 women under age 40 who had recently been diagnosed …

 

Spicy Cocktails in San Francisco

 
While in San Francisco recently, a friend took me to a restaurant she loves, Pacific Catch. The restaurant is a San Francisco only chain, with six locations around the city. The drink she ordered was called a Spicy Pacific and was made using hot chilies. I wasn’t sure if a spicy cocktail sounded particularly appealing, but I trusted her judgement and ordered one for myself as well. The drink turned out to be awesome! Spicy and vodka are two words you normally wouldn’t use in a sentence together, but give this drink a try the next time you want to …