Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff
If you don't already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's a cause that is important to us here at Dr. Bailey Skin Care. Over a year ago, Dr. Bailey informed the team and - later her readers - that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that she was BRCA1 positive. After a year-long journey of chemotherapy and other procedures, Dr. Bailey is not only cancer free but is also back working in the office again! We are thankful to have our much-loved Dr. Bailey back and thriving after her ordeal. We are grateful for the medical advances that made this possible and for the advocacy organizations that keep scientific development focused on breast cancer. To add our support for the battle against breast cancer, we are donating 10% of our profits this month to the breast cancer awareness group FORCE!!! FORCE, Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered, was an essential resource for Dr. Bailey during her breast cancer battle. FORCE is the only national organization that assists research for hereditary breast cancer. Additionally, FORCE provides invaluable services and education to women diagnosed with BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer and their families.
What does BRCA1 positive Breast Cancer mean?
Women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation have much higher risk for developing breast or/and ovarian cancer. Even though Dr. Bailey religiously practiced a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices this outcome was almost unavoidable. If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, read Dr. Bailey's perspective and personal transformation from the start of her breast cancer journey to the end. The scientific research done on the high-risk BRCA population benefits all cancer patients because the BRCA population is like the canary in the mine shaft for some of the most common cancers, such as breast cancer. It means that the advocacy work done by FORCE ultimately has benefits for everyone.
What tips or lessons did Dr. Bailey learn from her breast cancer journey?
First and foremost, Dr. Bailey learned the healing power of gratitude thanks to you, our readers! All the support and messages she received from her patients and readers were a great source of strength. She reflects on these feelings and her appreciation to her community in her blog post, Gratitude for My 12-Month Cancerversary. From a medical standpoint, Dr. Bailey realized she was a human laboratory for skin care for cancer and chemotherapy patients! As Dr. Bailey discusses in her original blog post, Dermatologist's Advice for the Best Skin Care for Chemotherapy, it is important to take care of your skin in chemotherapy:
Remember, your skin is a huge organ. It’s exposed to the germs and chemicals of the outside world. When you are undergoing chemotherapy, your immune system is suppressed and you are more vulnerable than ever before – which means you need healthy skin to protect you.
Now Dr. Bailey has simplified the chemotherapy skin care process with her new Chemotherapy Skin Care Kits. Each kit contains only the gentlest hypoallergenic cleansers and highly hydrating hypoallergenic moisturizers for any skin undergoing chemotherapy. Also, the Chemotherapy Skin Care Kits provide an instruction guide for Dr. Bailey's chemo skin care routine. If you purchase one during this month, 10% of the profits will go to breast cancer awareness group FORCE.
Share Your Support and Stories for Breast Cancer Awareness
Almost everyone's life has been touched by breast cancer: a friend, co-worker, mother, sister, or partner. We at Dr. Bailey Skin Care want to show our support for everyone's fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating 10% of our profits to breast cancer awareness and research.
Please join us in our Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff by sharing your support, stories, or breast cancer tips below.
It is through solidarity and support that we will continue to make advancements in breast cancer research and treatments.
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