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Check for a Lump Supports the PALS Act
On July 21st, 2021, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Fred Upton reintroduced the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screens (PALS) Act. If passed, the PALS Act would protect access to mammograms for women ages 40-49, a routine, lifesaving screening that the USPSTF currently deems unnecessary for the demographic. “Breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer with the highest incidence globally. Protecting access to equitable breast health screening is vital in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection significantly increases a woman's chance of survival, can decrease the amount of treatment necessary and the economic burden to the patient and healthcare entities,” said Holly Rose CEO of Check for a Lump. Check for a Lump wholeheartedly supports Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act and urges all members of Congress to support and extend the PALS act to ensure equitable breast health care.” Read more about the PALS Act and hear more from the multiple supporters on why the PALS Act is so important.
Finding Relief During Cancer Treatments With Cannabis
In July, we hosted our Super Survivors event at The Mint Dispensary in Tempe. There were many people who could not attend so we would like to pass along some of the information. Below is a statement from Rudy Molina, Director of Operations at The Mint locations. Finding Relief: The Role Cannabis Can Play in Easing the Most Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatment By Rudy Molina, Director of Arizona Operations, Mint Cannabis Over the past few decades, there has been growing interest in the role that cannabis can play in helping manage the life-altering symptoms of many conditions and their treatment regimens. Cancer is no exception. A diagnosis of breast cancer often comes a grueling treatment regimen from surgery and radiation to chemotherapy and even immunotherapies. These life-saving treatments often come with a host of symptoms that vary in severity, including joint pain, insomnia, anxiety and a host of digestive challenges such as nausea, vomiting and a diminished appetite. For years, patients have found relief through cocktails of prescription medication, each carrying reprieve from a specific symptom. A number of studies, and more importantly, cancer patients’ own feedback, are pointing to cannabis as an opportunity for effective mass-symptom management. In fact, a study presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology revealed that the overwhelming majority of oncology providers who were surveyed believed that medical marijuana can help patients. How does cannabis help manage cancer treatment symptoms? For hundreds of years, cannabis has been used as a natural treatment for many of the most common symptoms associated with cancer treatment. Its active ingredients, cannabinoids, help regulate a number of biological functions by interacting with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which produces its own cannabinoids. What symptoms will it alleviate? Pain: In treating pain, cannabis works similar to opioids, without the debilitating side effects and risk for opioid use disorder (OUD). It has also been shown to provide relief for patients experiencing pain from neuropathy, or nerve damage that manifests itself in weakness, numbness or tingling in hands and feet, which be a complication of chemotherapy and other treatments. Insomnia: As many as half of all people undergoing cancer treatment have trouble falling or staying asleep, increasing risks for anxiety and depression. Cannabis can help restore a natural sleep cycle through its analgesic properties that relive pain and stress. Anxiety: Worry, nervousness and fear are all normal reactions for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Lower-dosages of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid, can be used as a tool to relax the body and mind, providing relief for patients experiencing anxiety. Nausea, Vomiting and Loss of Appetite: According to research on evidence-based management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, up to 80% of patients receiving chemotherapy will experience some level of these symptoms. When the body’s endocannabinoid system is suppressed, experiencing nausea and vomiting, along with other digestive issues is relatively commonplace. The cannabinoids from cannabis, namely THC, mimics the cannabinoids the body produces and prevent feelings of nausea and vomiting. Similarly, researchers have proven that cannabis is an appetite simulant. Where can oncology patients and their caregivers learn more? Finding out if cannabis can help ease a patient’s symptoms begins with education and open communication. As the stigma around cannabis use for medical purposes begins to dissipate, more open communication increases. Beyond physicians and medical teams, organizations such as Check for a Lump are critical sources for accurate and factual information. Beyond the internal resources and tools that they offer, they can provide insights on the use of marijuana and may even have a roster of survivors and caregivers who can share their own experiences. Marijuana dispensaries are also an invaluable tool, especially when faced with the depth and breadth of available product and dosages. And just as there are countless strains of cannabis available, so too are there many different ways to consume it, not to mention dosages. Working with a budtender at a trusted dispensary is usually the best way to figure out the optimal strain, method and dosage as these vary greatly from individual to individual. While cannabis isn’t a cure for cancer, it can certainly help alleviate many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with treatment options and improve a survivor’s quality of life. To learn more about cannabis and how it can help ease treatment symptoms, please visit Mint Cannabis at themintcannabis.com, call at 480-749-6468 or visit one of their three Valley locations in Guadalupe/Tempe (5210 S Priest Dr, Guadalupe, AZ 85283), North Phoenix (17036 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032) and Mesa (330 E Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210) Rudy Molina is Director of Operations for Mint Cannabis’ Arizona locations.
Young Hollywood Actress Diagnosed at Age 19 with Breast Cancer
On Friday, June 18th, young Hollywood actress and star of the Netflix series Anne with an E, Miranda McKeon, announced on Instagram that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 19. McKeon poignantly writes of her diagnosis, future treatments and her feelings of being a young breast cancer patient. We are sending her positive vibes and will be following her journey on Instagram @Miranda.McKeon. To read more https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/anne-e-star-miranda-mckeon-191800316.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHm8Iq_Iq_DMp0ejPpohwIGoy3jQcKuMmwcUQ1jBlCxTYV4yGlvB6nYD4vmRyUVcYq6T6S9jZ78JvxsSj-WtyjV_Foq9jONvJKos1BvJXkHeaIbIgfyrpLz5USvzRr9n_VMVsNvjJ6uUo7-dQYEphoA0mKITmNNc270b-EqFXClD
New Clinical trial for Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients
Phoenix Molecular Designs is now recruiting patients for a Clinical Trial for Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patients: PMD-026. For more information, visit www.phoenixmd.ca or https://lnkd.in/egRT4is There is a trial in your area at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. This particular study is that it is one of the first targeted drugs for metastatic TNBC. This study drug is given in pill form that can be taken at home making it easier for patients. They designed the study to limit trips to the hospital and there is funding for transportation for those who do not live near a study center. With so many studies closing these days or have onerous and lengthy time commitments, this study is a breath of fresh air. Like someone is finally listening and creating something that allows women in Stage 4 to focus on their lives and not their treatment. See basic patient (IRB approved) information in PDF below. Please share this with your community and reach out to me or better yet the company (email@example.com) for more information. #breastcancer #cancer #checkforalump #checkforalumpaz
Founder Holly Rose Wins Award at Society of Chairs
The Society of Chairs Premier Celebration of Giving in Our Community was an amazing honor for Check for a Lump and our founder, Holly Rose. Holly Rose, and her work in the local breast cancer community, was recognized at the event the Community Champion Non-Profit Executive award. This event was an outstanding example of how to safely reintroduce events to the public. Amazing job Andrea Tyler Evans and Frontdoors Media / Frontdoors Magazine! Your work to bring the philanthropic community and non-profits together immensely impacts our entire community! #andreaevans #frontdoorsmedia #philanthropicleaders #billiejoherberger #societyofchairs #checkforalump #checkforalumpaz
Mint Cannabis Car Show
Last week, The Mint Cannabis hosted a free Car Show at their Phoenix dispensary. This event showcased cool cars, give-aways from The Mint Cannabis, live music, vendors, pin-ups and FREE MAMMOGRAMS provided by Check for a Lump! We provided 14 free mammograms to women in the valley! Every women who received a free mammogram received a free swag bag from us and a free t-shirt from the Mint! With the help of Mobile On-site Mammography, Check for a Lump continues to provide free mammograms and diagnostic testing to women in Arizona. With our unique program, women apply online or attend a mobile mammography event, and then we pay the bills. Apply online or attend our next in-person event at Check for a Lump | Breast Cancer | AZ
Knickers Fore Knockers 2021
Drs. Gawley and St. Peter of Gawley Plastic Surgery, Arizona Center for Reconstructive Breast Surgery, and Unicorn Philanthropy have been supporters for over 6 years. Over the course of their relationship with Check for a Lump, they have raised over $300,000 for our programs and events. Last weekend, their 1st Annual Golf Tournament, Knickers Fore Knockers, highlighted Drs. Gawley and St. Peter's philanthropic works, charitable hearts, and expertise for bringing people together. We were so grateful to participate in this event with Elevate Phoenix and the Gawley team. Thank you for continual support throughout the years. Check for a Lump would not be where we are today if it were not for your contribution and years of encouragement.
Susan G. Komen nonprofit left Arizona and now plans to leave Maryland
Komen AZ exited AZ in 2017. The parent company announced in April 2020 its plan to fold all 61 local affiliates into the national location. They do a great job funding vital advances in breast cancer research. Unfortunately, this will profoundly affect local resources for women across the United States. Now is the time to help fund your local breast cancer non-profits, like Check for a Lump for a others, to help fill the gap as Komen exits communities and continues their mission to find a cure. #komen #komenexit #checkforalump #checkforalumpaz #breastcancer Read more at on the Baltimore Sun Daily Newspaper of Maryland: Susan G. Komen Maryland to dissolve, donate remaining assets to breast cancer treatment - Baltimore Sun
Holly Rose Interview with Shoutout Arizona
Founder and CEO of Check for a Lump, Holly Rose, interviewed with SHOUTOUT ARIZONA. Read the interview below: Hi Holly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking I think taking risks are what open up the possibilities to many different chapters in one’s life and the potential for growth. That is definitely the case for myself. However, in my opinion my risks were not indeed risks. They were merely actions I made with high enthusiasm and relentless optimistic thoughts of “I CAN.” My entire adult life has been a series of these actions and has given me many beautiful chapters in my life and a few I that were not so beautiful that I learned from. A few of my favorite risks that impacted my life immensely . . . I met my dream man on the beach at the age of twenty-two and I asked him to move in with me two weeks later – Risky? Yes! Twenty-nine years later he is still my dream man and father of our two beautiful girls. We then blindly moved to Las Vegas for a fresh start and opened our 1st vintage clothing store together while finishing college. That college summer we hopped in our car with $300 a trunk full of vintage clothing and stopped in cities along the way to sell our thrift store finds to other businesses. We made our way across the United States and back! Two years later we sold our business and made the leap to San Diego with a U-Haul filled our belongings and a dream to live by the beach. Luck was on our side and within twenty-four hours we found a beachside storefront with living quarters in the back. Highly risky move, but one of the best chapters of my life! After having our girls we played it safe and moved back to our hometown, Phoenix, Az. to be near family. I lived as risk free as possible when our girls were young. It wasn’t until after I battled breast cancer at the age of 39 that I took another giant risk – starting a breast cancer non-profit, Check for a Lump. This led me to explore paths I never would have dared to go down, and I developed strengths, met incredible mentors, impacted many lives, and blessed to witness the giving spirit in humanity. We’ll see where my next risk leads me! Continue reading on Shoutout Arizona Meet Holly Rose | Founder/CEO of Check for a Lump – SHOUTOUT ARIZONA
Check for a Lump client bags
Our wig clients receive beautiful free new wigs from one of our partnered wig shops. Along with their beautiful wig, we give clients a Check for a Lump support bag with resources, facemasks, education tools - like our free breast health magazine, Pfizer's This is Living with Cancer, and Find Your Metastatic Breast Cancer Voice - and more! #breastcancer #cancer #freewigs #checkforalump #checkforalumpaz #support
Check for a Lump Video Content
One of the pillars of the Check for a Lump mission is education. We strive to empower women in Arizona and beyond with invaluable breast health facts and preventive information. Our annual education magazine is distributed to over 70,000 people, we offer free STEP UP to Prevention Wellness Workshops, and we are expanding our education on to our website and social media. Our most recent online education expansion is our breast cancer videos! Test your knowledge on cancer prevention: Test your knowledge on breast cancer: Learn about the status of breast cancer globally, nationally, and locally: View other Check for a Lump videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_IMQCDRwn1WuMs6kNW8g3g
Arizona Gives Day
Celebrate #ArizonaGivesDay by supporting Check for a Lump. Donations of any size help us make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. As a sign of our appreciation and gratitude, donors will receive a free Check for a Lump facemask! https://www.checkforalump.org/donate #checkforalump#checkforalumpaz#breastcancer#cancer#az