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  • Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:24 PM | Anonymous
    Discovery Health Channel and Del Monte Foods partnered together to create The Power of Paws™ to educate consumers about the mutual health benefits that both pets and pet parents enjoy and motivates them to spend time together and connect.

    “Studies show there are significant physical, mental, and emotional benefits for both pets and pets parents,” said Bill Pearse, Chief Marketing Officer of Del Monte Foods. Researchers say you’ll walk farther with your pet than you would if you walked alone – activity that benefits you both.

    Discovery Health Channel created a 55-minute documentary (see the Critters’ for the Cure segment here) which premiered on Sunday, July 20, 2008. Pets and People hosted by Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin, the documentary explores the impact pets have on blood pressure, how assistance and therapy dogs can help wounded veterans and autistic children and the unwavering social support pets give their breast cancer survivor owners without asking for anything in return except love and affection.

    Critters For The Cure™ was honored to be asked to participate in this amazing project. Encore airings are scheduled through September. Check www.DiscoveryHealth.com for listings for Pets and People.
  • Sunday, June 01, 2008 1:19 PM | Anonymous
    Scully is our new addition – a therapy puppy in training. Scully is a yorkie-poo who completed his first round of training classes.  By the time he is 1 year old, he will be able to take the required tests to qualify as a certified “Therapy Dog.’ who will then be able to visit cancer patients at NIH, Suburban Hospital, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  Scully was donated to us by dcdogfinders.com because they are a tremendous supporter of breast cancer.
  • Thursday, May 01, 2008 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    Critters for the Cure was recently featured in a Washington’s Finest article by Ryan Staton.  Excerpt:

    Clancy Kress runs a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that benefits women with breast cancer, and as you can imagine, she’s heard some incredible stories about women and their amazing critters.

    One of her favorites was from a survivor whose dog started licking her repeatedly in one particular spot, and when she went to wipe off the slobber, she felt the lump.

    The fact that this woman was a breast cancer survivor is only half the story; equally important was her relationship with her dog, who quite probably saved her life in more ways than one.

  • Thursday, December 01, 2005 1:09 PM | Anonymous
    Women now have another drug option post-breast cancer surgery.  The Food and Drug Administration approved a new use for FEMARA, a drug already used for treating advanced breast cancer. It  can now be given to women past menopause who have early breast cancer.

    Femera has been reported to be more effective at preventing recurrences than Tamoxifen.

    Femara and Arimidex, a similar drug, are aromatase inhibitors, which block the production of estrogen, a hormone that fuels the growth of tumors that develop after menopause.  Tomoxifen blunts the ability of estrogen to enter cells. Femara is made by Novartis.

    Each year, approximately 800,000 women around the world are diagnosed with early breast cancer.  Most of these women are of the type that would benefit from these drugs.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:08 PM | Anonymous
    Statistics given through the National Cancer Institute state that approximately 211,240 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2005.

    A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases with age.  In the U.S., a woman has a 1 in 7 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime.

    Over 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year.  A woman’s chance of dying of this disease is 1 in 33 or 3%, a rate that is fortunately on the decline.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:07 PM | Anonymous
    Women are most likely to develop breast cancer; every year around 41,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women (men can also suffer from breast cancer, and although it is rare, approximately 300 men are diagnosed each year).

    Age is the single most important factor in influencing breast cancer risk – the older a woman is the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.   80 per cent of all breast cancers occur in post-menopausal women (based on the average age of menopause being 50).

    Women who have previously had breast cancer face an increased risk in developing the disease again.

    Women with a hereditary genetic susceptibility account for between five to 10 per cent of all breast cancer cases. They tend to have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer and these cancers usually occur in close family members, such as their grandmother, mother, aunt or sister, at an early age.

    Hormones play an important role in the development of breast cancer:
    • Not having children – The risk of having breast cancer is reduced by having children at a younger age–the more children a woman has, the lower the risk.
    • A late first pregnancy – A woman who has her first child in her thirties is 63 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer before menopause and 35 per cent more likely to develop the disease afterwards than a woman who has her first child at 22.
    • Breastfeeding – Breastfeeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breastfeeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

    Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. But the risk gradually returns to normal after the woman stops taking hormones.

    Overweight – Being overweight after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer.

    Hereditary – A small number of women are at especially high risk because of faulty genes they have inherited. However, faults in known high-risk breast cancer genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 account for fewer than 1 in 20 breast cancer cases.

    Alcohol – Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

    Mammographically dense breasts, or the pattern of a woman’s breast tissue on a mammogram, is associated with an increased risk of disease (the more dense the mammogram, the higher the risk of breast cancer).

    Benign breast disease – Certain types of benign breast lumps increase risk of breast cancer. Benign breast disease can be classified as nonproliferative breast disease, proliferative breast disease without atypia, and proliferative breast disease with atypia. The latter two conditions increase risk of breast cancer.

    Radiation – Long-term exposure to radiation, or moderate to high levels of exposure, increases the risk of breast cancer.

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