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A Race team is a great way to build morale, support a friend, remember a loved one and maximize your impact in the fight against breast cancer. Teams can be any type or size: • Healthcare Teams • Community Organization • And more!

There is no additional cost to form or join a Race team. Team members do not have to participate in the same event. Become a team captain. Learn how easy it is at www.komenpugetsound.org.

Register Online Now through June 1 and Save! Register at: Komenpugetsound.org. Where to register Register online at www.komenpugetsound.org. Or register in-person at these area stores now through May 29, 2012. FootZone Bellevue – www.footzone.com FootZone Issaquah – www.footzone.com Footzone Redmond – www.footzone.com New Balance - Bellevue – www.newbalance.com Road Runner - Seattle – www.roadrunnersports.com Road Runner - Kent – www.roadrunnersports.com Sound Sports - www.soundsports.com Super Jock ‘n Jill – www.superjocknjill.com

cancer touches nearly everyone’s life, including my own. That is why I am so “Breast proud to support Komen Puget Sound’s Race for the Cure as the 2012 Grand Marshall. Join me and Team Sark on Race Day. Breast cancer is one tough opponent, and we are in it to win it!

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Por La Mujer Hispana

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic/Latina women. In addition, the five year overall survival rate is lower for Hispanic women than other women. To address the growing breast health needs of Latina women in our community, Komen Puget Sound has launched an outreach and education program titled “La Mujer Hispana”. This outreach and education effort is one of only six in the United States funded by the Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives® program. It brings key Hispanic stakeholders together to raise awareness of breast health and the need for early detection of breast cancer among Hispanic women.

Join me and the La Mujer Hispana Race for the Cure team! For more information, email Silvia Kennedy at silvia@pskomen.org. Servando Currasco Seattle Sounder Team Captain, Por La Mujer Hispana

Donate. Support a Race Participant. Even if you can’t walk or run, you can lend your support. Make a general donation or give to a participant or team. Simply go online to www.komenpugetsound.org to make a donation.

Why it’s important: Reasons to race Thanks to people like you, last year, the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate was able to fund $2 million to local organizations and agencies in Western Washington for breast cancer education, screening, treatment support and research this year. We need to do more. And we need your help! This past year, funds raised at the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure: ■ Reached 42,000 community members with breast cancer outreach and education programs ■ Provided 13,300 women with lifesaving breast cancer screenings and detected over 200 breast cancers ■ Ensured 825 patients undergoing breast cancer treatment could also pay for their food, shelter and utilities ■ Partnered 256 individuals with patient navigators to guide them through the complex medical system, ensuring access to quality care

Raising $150 could fund a lifesaving mammogram through our community grants program.

Fundraise for the cure. Getting started is easy! Today, due to a lack of funding, roughly 1,000 low-income women in our community are on a waitlist for a lifesaving mammogram. Your Race for the Cure fundraising will help move these women off the list and on to a cure. Once you sign up for the Race, you’ll get a customizable fundraising webpage to collect donations online. You will also have access to email templates to help you solicit donations. We will provide you with lots of fundraising tips and you can even “Fundraise on Facebook.” Make your fundraising efforts go even further. Ask your donors if their companies have an employee matching gifts program. It doubles the amount you raise. Check our website for details and matching gift guidelines.

Win prizes and rewards! Start earning prizes when you raise just $250. The more you raise, the greater the reward. Raise $500 to be a Gold Club Member. Receive special recognition online and at the event. Be a Top 100 Fundraiser! VIP status includes a t-shirt, bib number that reflects your rank plus other Race Day perks. All donations received by July 3, 2012, count towards reward redemption.


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September 14-16, 2012 Greater Seattle Area Everyone deserves a lifetime - and you deserve the experience of a lifetime! The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight to end breast cancer. Participants walk 60 miles in three days and help raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and patient support programs. Each night of the event, walkers experience an incredible mobile city that’s more than just sleeping tents and warm showers, where they can eat, relax and renew their spirit with their fellow walkers. We believe that everyone deserves a lifetime. No one should have to live without their mother, daughter, sister, husband or friend. That’s why we commit to walking 60 miles in three days. The 3-Day is the boldest breast cancer event of its kind. Register at www.the3day.org.

Annual Survivor Celebration September 9, 2012 Aboard a Holland America Line Ship at Pier 91 Puget Sound breast cancer survivors and co-survivors celebrate their journey with an exceptional experience onboard a luxurious Holland America Line ship.

Lunch for the Cure® October 4, 2012 | Tacoma Convention Center The Lunch for the Cure has become one of Pierce County’s most important fundraising events. Eight hundred community leaders join together in the promise to end breast cancer, by furthering breast cancer education and awareness, and energizing science in the discovery of the cure. In 2012, the Lunch for the Cure will be in its 11th year of bringing together community members to make a powerful statement against breast cancer, honoring those who have lost their battle and celebrating survivors. Learn more at www.komenpugetsound.org.

Power of a Promise® October 24, 2012 Luncheon The Sheraton Hotel, Seattle This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Power of a Promise Luncheon, now located in downtown Seattle. Influential community leaders will join together to raise funds to provide lifesaving breast cancer health education, screening, and treatment support for underserved women living in Western Washington.

Guests are treated to an exquisite dining experience, vistas of the Puget Sound, plus an inspirational program and entertainment.

Be a part of the 10th Anniversary Power of a Promise luncheon. Help ensure all women have access to lifesaving breast cancer screening and if diagnosed, will receive the most effective treatment for survival.

Learn more at www.komenpugetsound.org

Learn more at www.komenpugetsound.org.

Visit komenpugetsound.org or call 206.633.0303 for more information.

Early Detection of Breast Cancer Saves Lives Eight hundred Washington women lost their lives to breast cancer last year. With early detection, odds are 98% for survival for five years. However, if breast cancer is detected late, with the danger of the cancer spreading, odds for survival drop to just 23%. Now is the time to take charge of your breast health.

Take Care of Yourself. Monitor your Breast Health. We want to inspire you to take an active role in your own breast health.

Remember: • Know your breast cancer risk • Get screened

• Know what is normal for you • Make healthy lifestyle choices


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The story of Kay Anthony, a breast cancer survivor from Federal Way The hardest part about Kay Anthony’s breast cancer diagnosis was telling her children. In 2007, she walked the Seattle 3-Day Race for the Cure with a friend who had survived breast cancer. Just days after the walk, Anthony learned she had breast cancer. “I didn’t know I was walking with cancer,” said the Federal Way resident. She had felt a lump in her breast. When making an appointment with a doctor, somehow she just knew the prognosis about the lump would be bad. A few days after the diagnosis, she and her husband, Pete, agreed to tell their sons, who were ages 11 and 14 at the time. “That was the hardest,” she said. “It shakes your foundation.” She endured chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy. The treatment ruined her tear ducts. She now has tiny pyrex tubes on both sides of her nose. Like many cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy, she lost her hair. With her energy drained, simple tasks became physically exhausting. During treatment, her support network was strong. Faith and family kept her spirits high. Several friends provided meals for the family. Anthony credits the care she received at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way for saving her life. Her husband also instilled an inspiring thought: “Fighting cancer is not a sprint. It’s a marathon.” After sitting out the 2008 Race for the Cure, Anthony returned for the 2009 walk — shortly after having a second mastectomy, this time on her right side. In September, she will celebrate living cancer-free for five years. She got to see her oldest son, Alex, graduate from high school, with her youngest son, Adam, now a sophomore at Decatur High School. Is she afraid the cancer will come back? “I don’t dwell on it, but it’s in the back of my mind,” she said, noting how cancer changed her outlook in life, leading her to look at the positive side of things. “I appreciate everything more. Once you have cancer, you shed the negatives.” Nowadays, Anthony is focused on doing her part to find a cure for breast cancer. Every year, she and a group of

“I started wearing pink a lot more.”

friends hold an informal fundraiser that nets a few thousand dollars for Komen. She participates in every Race for the Cure, and is training for a 5K run. One other change in Kay Anthony’s life since her battle with cancer: “I started wearing pink a lot more.” — By Andy Hobbs, Federal Way Mirror

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MAMMOGRAMS: Komen Puget Sound grants money for breast cancer screenings to benefit thousands of women on waiting lists in WA The Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is granting $1.3 million to the Washington State Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) to provide breast cancer screenings for low-income women. The funding will immediately provide support for the approximately 1,000 low-income women on a wait list for mammograms in Western Washington. BCCHP serves highrisk, underserved women, who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured. The grant from Komen Puget Sound enables funding for more than 14,000 breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services over the coming year. “As a breast cancer survivor I know how important early detection is,”

said Gov. Chris Gregoire. “With about 1,000 women in Washington on a wait list for needed mammograms, this $1.3 million grant from Komen Puget Sound will help make an immediate and important

spread, the five year survival rate drops to less than a 25 percent. “We are dedicated to fighting breast cancer on every front,” said Cheryl Shaw, Executive Director of Komen Puget Sound. “Funding for BCCHP is a cornerstone of our efforts to ensure all women – particularly low-income and underserved – have access to life-saving breast cancer screening.” In 2011, Komen Puget Sound invested more than $2 million to fight breast cancer locally and $700,000 for global medical research to find a cure for this disease. In May, Komen Puget Sound will announce additional local grants to provide Western Washington women treatment support, patient navigation and breast health education. More information is available at www.komenpugetsound.org.

”I know how important early detection is.”

— Gov. Chris Gregoire, survivor

difference for low-income and underserved women in our community.” Early detection via screenings and mammograms is the key to reducing the breast cancer mortality rate. If breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. If it is detected in later stages, when it has had a chance to

In keeping with our tradition of excellence and innovation, Breast Diagnostic Center is pleased to be the first to introduce 3D Mammography to this region. This new modality, also known as tomosynthesis, allows the breast imaging specialist to discover breast cancers that might be undetectable using conventional digital mammography. This is especially useful in women with dense breast tissue, but is of benefit in all women. Breast tomosynthesis uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”—building what is essentially a

“3-D Window into breast tissue.” Now the breast imaging specialist can see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue a few millimeters at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.’’ Breast Diagnostic Center offers this advanced technique to all women, not just select cases.

Screening with mammography saves lives. For appointments call 253-735-1991


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A proud husband knows that Komen’s 3-Day is much more than a walk I couldn’t be prouder of my wife. Obviously, I’m always proud of her. But this time I’m “really” proud of her. In September 2011, she took part in her first Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Seattle. As one of 2,400 walkers in the 60-mile walk around Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond, my wife, Kimberly, helped raise an astonishing $5.4 million for breast cancer research. Participants walk 20 miles a day. Each night of the event, a mobile city supplied sleeping tents and semi trailers that included warm showers, among other things. Organizers also fed the walkers and provided 24-hour medical services. Not exactly two nights at the RitzCarlton, right? Which was something that kind of worried me because my wife isn’t exactly the camping type. But even staying in a tent for two nights wasn’t going to stop her, and neither was the amount of money she had to raise. To even participate in the 3-Day, women and some men committed to raise at least $2,300 each. That must be done before they even take a step, which is a big deal. There are plenty of people out there who can flap their gums about “making a difference” but don’t follow through when push comes to shove. My wife, along with her friend Kim Hurn, backed up their talk and actually did something about finding a cure for breast cancer. That says something, in my book. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer (1.4 million women a year) and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide. More than 458,000 people worldwide die from the disease each year. I was lucky enough to welcome my wife back from her three-day trek Sunday afternoon inside Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center with our kids. But I wasn’t expecting what happened when the 2,400 people, including Kimberly, made their way down the tunnel and into the stadium. That’s when the real meaning of the 3-Day for the Cure hit me like a ton of bricks. The emotion of seeing all those people come together with the singular goal of curing breast cancer broke me down. As I was standing there holding our 2-year-old daughter, tears started welling

“The real meaning of the 3-Day for the Cure hit me like a ton of bricks.” up in my eyes. I thought about Whitney. I thought about my grandma, who battled and won her bout with breast cancer when I was a little boy. (continued on page 8)

Pictured: Kimberly and Whitney Olson of Federal Way.


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SURVIVOR UPDATE: Cancer-free for 13 years

Chris Fagundes is now a 13-year survivor of breast cancer. She learned of her diagnosis during Mother’s Day weekend in 1999. She was 37 at the time. Less than two weeks after learning she had breast cancer, Fagundes underwent a lumpectomy. Four chemotherapy treatments followed over the next three months. Then came radiation treatment. She has been healthy and cancer-free ever since. She receives regu-

lar mammograms, and her crisis 13 years ago inspired friends to seek mammograms. Fagundes and her husband, Doug, have four children. The couple have owned and operated Java Billiards in Federal Way since 2002. Aside from a solid support network and a good sense of humor, Fagundes found one other key to keeping her spirits high when beating cancer: “I’m a firm believer in the power of the prayer.”

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It was powerful stuff. Very powerful. “I walked because I can’t personally cure cancer, but we all know someone who has had it, beaten it, been diagnosed with it or passed away because of it,” my wife told me. “It meant so much to me to walk this year. It is amazing how many people are affected by breast cancer. I hope my walking and raising money allows researchers to get one step closer to finding a cure so my daughters can have a lifetime.” Following the emotion of watching the walkers enter the stadium, I finally got to see Kimberly after three days away. But I hardly recognized her. She looked like she had just played in a hard-hitting Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game. She was limping like she had a pair of torn ACLs. Her ankles and shins had more tape on them than a 45-year-old Brett Favre. And being the super supportive hus-

“Even she will tell you the pain in her legs was well worth it.” band that I am, the moment I saw this zombie walking toward me, I started to laugh. Which probably wasn’t the smart thing to do. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when my wife told me she was going to have to start “training” for the 3-Day walk. I thought (to myself) that it’s really not that big of a deal to “walk” for a few hours for three consecutive days, is it? For some reason, training for a walk made me think about Lance Armstrong and those people who try to convince me that he is the best athlete on the planet. But, in my book, there’s no way Arm-

strong is even in that conversation. He rides a bike, which is something I taught my kids to do when they were 5 years old. What would be funny is seeing Armstrong attempt to hit a 95 mph fastball, stop Kobe Bryant from dunking on his head or make a tackle on a runaway Barry Sanders. No amount of tight Spandex shorts or yellow jerseys are going to help Armstrong in one of those situations. There’s no doubt that he is probably the best exerciser in the history of the world. But athlete? Not in my book. Back to my wife. Heck, I’ve witnessed Kimberly speed walk

50 miles one Saturday afternoon around the SuperMall. That was the first and last time I even attempted to go shopping with her. Obviously, that happened while we were dating when I was still trying to impress her. Now that we’re married, I just let her shop by herself. That trip is also when I realized why malls strategically place benches all over. It’s not for aesthetics. It’s a place for pooped boyfriends and husbands to catch their breath. But her training and mall walking exploits didn’t prepare her for getting that first case of shin splints, which put her on the shelf for a couple of days. But even she will tell you that the pain in her legs was well worth it. She made a difference. To donate to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation, go to komen.org and follow the prompts. It does make a difference.” — By Casey Olson, sports editor, Federal Way Mirror


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Celebrating Survivors at Race Day

From the moment a person’s breast cancer diagnosis is confirmed, she or he is considered a survivor. Thoughtful gestures big and small mean so much to survivors, whether they’ve just been diagnosed or completed treatment many years ago. Race Day is an opportunity for us to recognize our survivors for their bravery, and to show them how much they are loved, cherished, and respected. Special survivor recognition includes a complimentary pink cap and t-shirt

provided by Zeta Tau Alpha. Survivors are also invited to visit the Survivor Celebration Tent located on the Fisher Pavilion rooftop for sparkling cider, pastries, goodie bags, travel prizes, a photo-op and an excellent view of the Race Day festivities! Race Day concludes on an emotional high note with a motivating and inspiring Survivor Parade.

, Dear Fellow Survivor

I was diagnosed Almost two years ago, s fortunate with breast cancer. I wa ved my life… that early detection sa only life but mine was not the e life of my that concerned me. Th my friends and daughter, my mother, munity are the women in my com , I committed equally important. So my power to to doing everything in an, regardless of ensure that every wom d have access to her ability to pay, woul ent and financial the screening, treatm life. I also made support that saved my pport research the commitment to su eir life nobody would lose th to find a cure, so that to this disease. y t, not only through m I fulfill my commitmen w participating with fello daily work, but also by for the en Puget Sound Race survivors in the Kom

east cancer Cure. Last year, 800 br celebrate one survivors joined me to itical funds to another and to raise cr generations ensure there are future of survivors. ing, 1,000 Due to a lack of fund in our underserved women itlist for a community are on a wa , and nearly needed mammogram en will lose 800 Washington wom ncer this their lives to breast ca d I want them year. I have my life, an to have theirs too. in me at the 2012 Race I encourage you to jo g look forward to meetin n ca u Yo . re Cu e th r fo n Tent, e Survivor Celebratio th in s or iv rv su w llo fe aring rvivor Parade, and we Su e th in g in at cip rti pa r me, pink t-shirt and cap. Fo ry ta en im pl m co ur yo ll my nt opportunity to fulfi rta po im an is ce Ra e th life ort the women in my pp su to t en itm m m co ed by Survivors. As describ r ste Si e ac br em to d an ylorfounder the late CJ Ta d un So t ge Pu en m Ko ur life. lebration of Life”…yo Day, “the Race is a Ce Sincerely,

CJ Taylor Day at the Race

Cheryl Shaw ecutive Director Komen Puget Sound Ex


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Top Ratings for Financial Stewardship – Five Years Running

Komen Puget Sound Awards $2.1 Million in Grants to Fight Breast Cancer Locally

As a breast cancer survivor I know how important early detection is. With about 1,000 women in Washington on a waitlist for needed mammograms, this $1.3 million grant from Komen Puget Sound will help make an immediate and important difference for low-income and underserved women in our community.

When I started to get pain in my armpit and right breast, I did a selfexamination in the shower and found a lump. I was frozen with terror. What was even more frightening to me was the fact that we had no health insurance. A friend’s mom worked for county health and told me about Michelle with husband Garth a state program for breast cancer patients without insurance. I called the Washington Breast and Cervical Health Program and they approved my support right away. The sense of relief was so incredibly great. I still don’t have the words to say how grateful I am for the help I received and am still receiving. I know that it saved my life. Thank you for the support and keeping these programs going.

– Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire

Education and Early Detection: Washington State Department of Health

Komen Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Program

– Michelle Huseby Supported by a grant from Komen Puget Sound

YWCA of Seattle/King County & Snohomish County Opening Doors

This funding will provide education and mobile screenings for medically underserved and low-income African-American, Latina, sexual minority and homeless women.

This year, Komen Puget Sound is investing $1.3 million dollars to the Washington State Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) to provide breast cancer screenings for low-income women. The funding will provide lifesaving mammograms to 14,000 low income women living in our region.

Patient Navigation

Franciscan Foundation

Sistah Connection: Patient Navigation for African American Women

Breast Cancer Navigator Program

This funding will improve education and access to screening, diagnosis and treatment for Asian, Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Native American and sexual minority women in Tacoma/Pierce County.

International Community Health Services

Breast Health Outreach, Prevention and Education Program

This funding will provide breast health outreach, education and screening to lowincome, limited English-speaking Chinese, Filipina, Korean, Mien, Samoan and other Pacific Islander and Vietnamese women in Seattle/King County.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest – Familias Unidas Nuestra Salud

This program promotes breast cancer awareness and screening in the Hispanic/ Latino community of Snohomish and Skagit Counties.

Center for MultiCultural Health

This program provides assistance to African American women in King County to increase timely access to diagnostic and treatment services to ensure successful completion of treatment for breast cancer.

Citrine Health

Citrine Health’s Patient Navigator

Navigators will provide assistance to uninsured, low-income and/or rural breast cancer patients in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties to increase access to and completion of prescribed treatment.

Mason General Hospital

Breast Cancer Patient Navigation and Outreach

This funding will assist breast cancer patients during treatment and provide survivor support, awareness and screening for low-income women, Latinas, and women living in remote rural areas of Mason County.

Senior Services of Seattle-King County

UW Medicine | School of Medicine

This funding will provide breast health community outreach and education for seniors, especially women of color.

Funding to Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Breast Health Cancer Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will provide patient navigation services to low-income breast cancer patients.

Breast Health Education and Screening Program

South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency Native Women’s Wellness Program

This program provides breast health outreach, education, screening and support to women in rural tribal communities in southwest Washington who rarely or never have been screened for breast cancer.

Partnering with Patients to Improve Breast Cancer Care

Patient Assistance & Treatment Support

Cancer Lifeline

Komen Patient Assistance Fund

Cancer Lifeline administers Komen Puget Sound funds to provide assistance and support for low-income patients while they are in treatment for breast cancer.


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Investing in Research to Find a Cure – Worldwide and Right Here at Home K

omen Puget Sound is funding groundbreaking research to find a cure for breast cancer. Twenty five percent of all the money raised locally is pooled and distributed through Komen National Breast Cancer Research and Training Grants, with some funds returning to medical research facilities within the Puget Sound area. In 2011, Susan G. Komen spent $66 million in global research for the cure. Komen has invested over $500 million in research since 1982. Komen is the largest non-government funder of breast cancer research in the world. Every one of the greatest advances in Breast Cancer Research in the last generation have been supported by Komen-funded grants. Komen-supported medical research into targeted therapies developed for hormone-dependent and HER2-positive breast cancers has helped cut breast cancer recurrences by 50%.

Komen National Grant Funds Early Detection Research in Seattle In March 2012, Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded a $600,000 grant to Dr. Samir Hanash, a researcher with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Hanash hopes to develop a blood test that would be a companion test to mammograms, but more accurate in detecting breast cancer at an early stage when it is most curable.

Breast Self-Awareness 1. Know your risk 9 Talk to your family to learn about your family

health history

9 Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of

breast cancer

2. Get screened 9 Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for

you if you are at a higher risk

9 Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40

if you are at average risk

9 Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years

starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

3. Know what is normal for you 9 See your health care provider if you notice any of these

breast changes:

• Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast • Change in the size or shape of the breast • Dimpling or puckering of the skin • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly • New pain in one spot that does not go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices 9 Maintain a healthy weight 9 Add exercise into your routine 9 Limit alcohol intake 9 Limit postmenopausal hormone use 9 Breastfeed, if you can

For more information visit our website or call our breast care helpline. www.komen.org

1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)

“Komen’s funding enables us to move the discovery process forward, and demonstrate and validate findings much more quickly,” says Dr. Hanash. “This research is expensive and rigorous, but the result would be a tremendous breakthrough and bring us closer to 100 percent accuracy in detecting breast cancer through a simple blood test that could be done at any clinic or doctor’s office.” Dr. Samir Hanash

– Dr. Samir Hanash, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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RIGHT DIRECTION Join QFC and the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure as we raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Ensuring that all women have access to breast cancer early detection and quality treatment support is the ultimate goal, and QFC is committed to seeing this happen.

Understanding the facts about the disease and knowing the warning signs can help protect you and your loved ones. Here are some useful tips: • Talk to your family and learn about your family health history • Complete monthly breast self-exams • Be alert to any changes in your body • Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any changes or have any concerns • Have yearly check-ups and mammograms, as recommended • Spread the word by talking and sharing with mothers, sisters, family and friends. Love and knowledge are powerful weapons in this battle. QFC is proud to be the Local Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. We will see you at Seattle Center on June 3rd!


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