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Breast Cancer Prevention: Reducing Your Risk of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 23, 2014

Breast Cancer Prevention: Reducing Your Risk of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

While there is no way surefire way to prevent breast cancer, there are many steps you can take to lessen your chances and put your body in the best position to avoid cancer.

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Coping with Treatment: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 12, 2014

Coping with Treatment: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Breast Cancer

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are fats that are present in the foods we eat, and Omega 3 fats in particular might be beneficial in helping to reduce the fatigue, insomnia, cognitive difficulties, and joint pain commonly experienced by women being treated for breast cancer, particularly women with higher levels of inflammation.

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Antioxidants and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / June 18, 2014

Antioxidants and Breast Cancer

Curious aboutthe relationship between antioxidants and breast cancer? 

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation – the chemical reaction that sees the transfer of electrons or hydrogen from one substance to an oxidizing agent. Free radicals, formed during these reactions, can initiate chain reactions that can damage or even kill cells. Antioxidants work to terminate such reactions by in essence removing the free radical.

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Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 27, 2014

Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer

Phytoestrogens, a group of food-based compounds commonly associated with soy products and available in oral supplements, are connected with a wide range of health benefits, including lowered risks of breast cancer, heart disease, and symptoms of menopause. Some research indicates potential downsides to the introduction of phytoestrogens to a diet when taken in supplement form – none of which are currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat During Breast Cancer Treatment

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 8, 2014

5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat During Breast Cancer Treatment

It is difficult to know exactly what impact cancer treatment will have on your body. Beyond the physical toll the treatments often have, appetite is commonly affected.    

As is so often the case, the best defense is a strong offense. Heading into treatment, it is critically important to best prepare your body for the battle ahead.

There are many great foods – so called super foods – that are not only extremely high in nutrition, but also provide sources of much-needed energy for your body. 

While no one food can ever prevent or cure cancer, let’s take a quick look at five foods that have shown benefit in helping you keep nourished and strong during treatment.

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A Letter from Bridget (8 year breast cancer survivor)

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 5, 2013

A Letter from Bridget (8 year breast cancer survivor)

When we launched Pink Ribbon Cooking I asked Bridget to express herself to those that are newly diagnosed.  I wanted her to capture her strength and authenticity about her journey with Breast Cancer and to help others see the light at the end of that very dark tunnel.  This letter is her welcome to all those in the Cancer Club.

"Cancer ... Do I want it, NO.  Did I take from it, Yes!  It taught me to see my own strength.  It allowed me to see who my true friends are and gave me new ones whom I may never have met.  It gave me a new appreciation for love, life, family and friends."  Bridget Hemm

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Ten Years and Ten More Birthdays: Building a Cancer Support Community

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 27, 2013

Ten Years and Ten More Birthdays: Building a Cancer Support Community

Amy Deavitt, Distinguished Giving Executive with the American Cancer Society of Vermont knows first hand the impact cancer can have on a person.  It has been ten years since those words, "You have Cancer" were spoken to her.  Amy shares her cancer journey with us and demonstrates how beutiful life can be when you are living with breast cancer.

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Growing a Cancer Support Community: My Journey with Cancers

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 19, 2013

Growing a Cancer Support Community: My Journey with Cancers

The cancer diagnosis came the day before Thanksgiving.  I was 42 years old. I had lymphoma.  I told my doctor that I had the pies in my car and I was heading to New Hampshire to be with my family. Life has a way of turning us upside down.

I was in the prime of my life, building my own business, working 80 hours a week, raising two teen age children with a husband who traveled for work.  Life was grand! I went to the hospital because I had a nose bleed that wouldn’t quit.  When they told me they would have to cauterize the inside of my nose I said “no thank you” and left with the promise that I would follow up with my primary care. As many of you know, that is when the ball started rolling. One doctor’s appointment lead to a billion tests and more doctor appointments.

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