Today, March 3, is Triple
Negative Breast Cancer Day!
So what is Triple
Negative Breast Cancer?
Negative Breast Cancer is a type of breast cancer that lacks certain markers or receptors that “feed’ the cancer. These receptors are for estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2) hormone receptors. It is called Triple Negative because all three (3) of these receptors are missing.
Why is Triple
Negative Breast Cancer so serious?
Negative Breast Cancer has fewer treatment options, it is typically harder to treat. It is also a more aggressive type of cancer and has a high recurrence rate. This is why it is important to get your screenings regularly to make sure you catch any abnormalities early on.
How is Triple
Negative Breast Cancer treated?
Other types of breast cancers have the receptors that make treatment a little easier. There are so many more treatment options available to breast cancers that have the hormone receptors. However, Triple
Negative Breast Cancer responds to chemotherapy the best. Many cancer specialists will also use radiation therapy before or during chemotherapy to kill the surrounding cancer cells on contact.
What can YOU do?
- Learn/Know your family history – Find out information about any cancer diagnoses in your family. This is important information that will help you along the way.
- Get your screenings done ON TIME – When you turn 40, it is time to get your mammogram! If you have a family history of breast cancer, work with your physician to determine the appropriate age for screenings. Additionally, perform your monthly self-breast exam regularly.
- Educate your friends and family on Triple
NegativeBreast Cancer. It is impossible to find a cure without knowledge and awareness. Take five (5) minutes out of your day to ask your friend if she performed her monthly self-breast exam this month. This is not being “nosy”…This can potentially save her life.
- Donate to a reputable cause that is dedicated toward finding a cure for Triple
NegativeBreast Cancer. Organizations that focus on all breast cancer are great but Triple NegativeBreast Cancer is a completely different type of monsterstory and deserves specialized attention.The Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc. and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation are two (2) great organizations that focus exclusively on Triple NegativeBreast Cancer. Visit these links today for more information on Triple NegativeBreast Cancer!