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"I promise, Suzy... Even if it takes the rest of my life." - Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Northwest Ohio 2018 Honorary Survivor

**Meet this year's 2018 honorary survivor!**

At the age of 41, Melissa Paskvan was diagnosed August 6, 2009 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer after finding a lump during a self exam.  She reacted fast and 2 days later got in for a mammogram followed by an ultrasound.  Having dense breasts, her 2cm lump did not show up on her mammogram. Melissa insisted on a needle biopsy right then and there.  2 days afterwards, she received the dreadful phone call from her doctor...
8½ years cancer free now, Melissa is very active in the breast cancer community advocating to further breast cancer research. Please join Melissa in the fight to end breast cancer with your support and participation at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on May 19th, 2018. 

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

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