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What is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?


Just in recent years, Triple Negative Breast Cancer has sparked interest in the news where instead of calling the tumor as ER-negative, PR-negative, and HER2-negative; researchers began using the shorthand term, "Triple Negative," dubbed the "new type" type of cancer. Being Triple Negative, you don't have a targeted therapy and that your only treatment option is chemotherapy.

Triple Negative is seen in about 15% of all breast cancers. Triple Negative is a very aggressive cancer that tends to strike younger women, pre-menopause, especially among African-American women and women who have BRCA1 mutations. The tumor tends to be fast growing and is less likely to show up on an annual mammogram. TN is more likely to metastasis early on; has a high rate of recurrence in the first 2-3 years from diagnosis and has a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancer due to lack of specific, targeted treatment for TNBC.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Hereditary Cancer Awareness Week And National Previvor Day

Know your body, know your family history, know your risks!

In 2010, FORCE pushed and succeeded through The House of Representatives, declaring the last week of September as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) Week and and National Previvor Day. HBOC week is recognized with increased awareness to the hereditary link between breast and ovarian cancer as we move from National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (September) to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). National Previvor Day is designated to the last Wednesday of September marked by awareness to those who are carriers of the inherited gene mutation making them vulnerable to developing the cancer in their lifetime.  http://interact.stltoday.com/pr/lifestyle/PR09221001424397 

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Note: 80% of women with inherited BRCA1 gene mutation that has a breast cancer diagnosis tends to be triple-negative
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