Archive | December, 2012

Upcoming conference for young women

22 Dec

The Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, an international conference hosted by the Young Survival Coalition and Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). The 2013 conference will be February 22-24, in Bellevue, Washington.

If you are interested in attending, LBBC has a Young Advocate Travel Grant Program, in which you can apply for grant funding to help get you to Seattle. There are strict eligibility requirements for this grant, which is due on January 2. Please see details here.


Nutrition in the news

20 Dec

Cassie McClellan, RD, LD, a dietitian at the Hy-Vee store on Conley Road in Columbia, shared a few articles you might enjoy from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

EatingWell: 3 diet tricks of people who live longer
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Related Resource: Dietary Guidelines for Americans FAQs

Chew on this
Food psychic doesn’t need a crystal ball
(By Sheah Rarback, RD)

Stop bribing and start making vegetables fun
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Binge Eating, Overeating May Be Associated With Initiating Use of Marijuana, Other Drugs
(Kendrin R. Sonneville, RD quoted)

Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Be skeptical of these 6 healthy-sounding phrases
(Ilyse Schapiro, RD quoted)

Our Predictions: 2013 Food Trends
(By Frances Largeman-Roth, RD)

For the holidays, spread mirth, not girth
(Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD & Stacey Silver, RD both quoted)

Are you really getting your fill of fiber?
(Kari Kooi, RD quoted)

Holiday treats
(By Cheryl Rude, RD)

Losing sleep, gaining weight
(By Barbara Quinn, RD)

Cart Smarts: Open a pomegranate this holiday season
(By Kaitlin Anderson, RD)

On the Table: Blackstrap molasses adds sweet flavor to winter comfort foods
(By Suzanne Havala Hobbs, RD)

Chef Jeff: A roast could be a better option for holiday meal
(Jennifer Haugen, RD quoted)

Be A Party Smartie
(Nigel Denby, Dietitian/UK quoted)

Dreaming of a right Christmas
(Julie Meek, Dietitian/Australia quoted)

Research study looking for participants

17 Dec


Are you a woman 55 or older who has undergone or is undergoing chemo for cancer?

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If so, researchers at the University of Missouri invite you to take part in a study.

We are looking for women who:

  • Are living with any type of cancer
  • Are undergoing any type of chemotherapy; or have undergone any type of chemotherapy in the last 5 years.
  • Are 55 years of age or older
  • Can read and speak English
  • Are open to or willing to:
    1. Learn to use a camera to take pictures of your experiences.  You do NOT need to be a photographer – we will teach you everything you need to know about taking pictures!
    2. Talk about your pictures in two discussion groups.
    3. Display your pictures in a local exhibit if you want to.
    4. Complete a follow-up interview and study forms

Participants receive a digital camera at the first meeting to keep, and cash incentives for taking part in other project activities.  The project also offers participants a chance to meet and share experiences with other women.

If you are interested, contact Michelle Teti, an assistant professor in the MU School of Health Professions, at 573-882-5093 or for more details.

Learn more about breast cancer with this interactive tool

15 Dec

Susan G. Komen has produced a fantastic interactive tool to help you learn more about breast cancer, including your risk for it and how often it occurs in the United States. You can find the tool here.

Newly diagnosed with breast cancer? Find support here

11 Dec

In January, Living Beyond Breast Cancer will host a free webinar for people who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. During this stressful and confusing time, the organization helps people get their questions answered, find resources, and interact with other patients.

In this webinar, Carey K. Anders, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine will cover topics including:

  • Coping with the initial shock of a diagnosis and finding emotional support
  • Breast cancer basics: what it is, who gets it, stages of breast cancer, treatment options and what tests will tell you more about your diagnosis
  • Questions and concerns you have about breast cancer

Find more information here:

Black Women Are More Likely to Die of Breast Cancer

4 Dec
This image is from the CDC website.

This image is from the CDC website.


Walking in the Spirit focuses on breast cancer awareness in African-American women because it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American women, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than women of any other race or ethnicity.

Black women are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer compared to white women, whose mortality rate is decreasing. In Missouri, about 3-8 more Black women die of breast cancer than white women for every 100 cases – below the national average of 9 but still too high.

Black and white women are getting screened at equal rates, but Black women wait longer to get follow-up care, so their cancers are more likely to have spread beyond the breast and are harder to treat. “Only 69 percent of Black women start treatment within 30 days (compared with 83 percent of white women),” the CDC reports.

These circumstances are the result of many factors, including disparities in how women of color are treated in health care settings and differences in access to care and social and economic resources.