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Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and cancer care. They find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Patients are reluctant to participate in clinical trials for fear of being a guinea pig. The truth is that during clinical trials patients often receive more comprehensive evaluation, better and longer follow up, reduced chance of cancer coming back, and improved cancer survival.

Education and Awareness is Crucial. To make a difference and not let statistics tell our story, you need to be aware of the true risk of breast cancer, become active participate in your health care and help spread the word to educate others. There is a cultural misconception that breast cancer runs in the family. In fact, 90 percent of woman who are diagnosed with breast cancer are the only ones in their family to have it. The two biggest risk factors for breast cancer are 1) being a woman and having breasts, 2) getting older. African American women have a limited understanding of mammograms and their usefulness. Mammograms saves lives. You must be proactive. Monthly self breast exams, yearly breast exams by a clinician and screening mammograms EVERY year starting at age 40, or earlier if there is a strong family history. Take head and spread the word. Robina Smith, M.D. a highly trained breast surgeon who offers the latest techniques in Oncoplastic breast cancer surgery to help patients successfully fight breast cancer while improving and maintaining a normal breast shape and appearance. She completed a prestigious fellowship in breast surgery at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the nation’s leading Oncoplastic breast surgery programs. She is also Founder of Treasure-Your-Chest Inc (www.treasure-your-chest.com) Email: rsmithmd@treasure-your-chest.com . Phone: 1-888-492-4088.

BCF OCT 2016  

7TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

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