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Pink-Teal Ribbon - Hereditary Breast Cancer

Pink-Teal Ribbon Creates Awareness of Hereditary Breast Cancer

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Hereditary breast cancer accounts for 5 to 10% of all breast cancers and can be suspected when there is a strong family history of breast cancer. Genetic changes (BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 mutations) have been implicated as a significant risk factor for hereditary breast cancer. Genetic tests are currently available to detect the associated risk.

Kylie Minogue (Singer), Elle Macpherson (supermodel), Anastasia (Ballad Queen), Sam Taylor Wood, Will Carling (Rugby player, his mother was also afflicted with the disease) are few celebrities who have been diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Richard Rountree had his breast cancer diagnosed in 1993. He then underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy (treatment of cancer using drugs) as a part of his treatment. This for the first time changed the misconception that only women develop breast cancer.

Olivia Newton John (Singer/Actress, active participant in breast cancer awareness), Marsha Hunt (Actress/Author, made a film called Beating breast cancer), Lynn Redgrave (developed one man stage show about her breast cancer) are some of the celebrities who have intensified their fight against breast cancer by active participation in the awareness program.

The influence of celebrities on health awareness is tremendous. Most women who take up voluntary medical tests for early detection of breast cancer admit they had seen or heard a celebrity talk about the issue in the media. Early diagnosis and detection of breast cancer is very important, as a majority of the detected cancers can be 100% successfully treated.

To conclude, an in-depth understanding of the tendency of breast cancer to occur in families, especially at the molecular level is believed to open up novel avenues for effective treatment and alleviation of physical, mental and emotional trauma that accompanies cancer.

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