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Beaumont Drive to Beat Breast CancerAt Good Charity Inc., we are proud to support initiatives that provide innovative technology and advanced treatment benefits for breast cancer patients and their families. We endorse a holistic healthcare approach where both patients and families are able to benefit from any available support.

In keeping with this philosophy, we recently sponsored Beaumont Hospital Foundation’s ‘18th Annual Drive to Beat Breast Cancer‘ golf event. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to support a very worthy cause.

The ‘Drive to Beat Breast Cancer event helps Beaumont Hospital increase the quality and reach of the programs offered to its patients. The direct benefits of this event are:

  • Purchasing of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • Support for breast cancer research
  • Continuation of the annual fellowship for surgical residents in our breast care programs
  • Underwriting a genetic counseling program for patients and their families at high risk of breast cancer

In addition to the golf event, Beaumont’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center is recognized as a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and disease. Through its leadership in the area of breast cancer, Beaumont’s achievements include the following:

  • Detecting more early stage cancer than any other hospital in Michigan – early detection increases survival rates by 95%.
  • Performing more than 100,000 breast screening mammograms annually with five board-certified breast surgeons and eight radiation oncologists on staff.
  • Conducting MRI-guided breast biopsies that were pioneered by Beaumont radiologists for more precise diagnosis of tumors.  Beaumont is one of only a few hospitals in the Midwest that provide these types of breast biopsies.

The result is that these diagnostic techniques enable Beaumont physicians to detect more than 1,000 new cases of breast cancer annually.

We are delighted to know that our support of Beaumont’s programs will not only help increase early detection but also continue to provide invaluable support for breast cancer patients and their families.

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ObamaCare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statute aimed at increasing the rate of health insurance overage for American citizens and reducing the cost of healthcare.

Together with Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system in decades. You may know it by its more common name: ObamaCare.

Less than one year ago, the PPACA’s constitutionality was scrutinized and largely upheld by the Supreme Court. To put it more simply, ObamaCare is here to stay. Its provisions have started coming into force from 23rd March 2010 and will continue to roll out until 1st January 2020.

What Does That Mean?

ObamaCare’s continuance is good news for cancer sufferers.

A number of measures inherent within the PPACA were created with the express intention of providing quality treatment care with a reduction in financial stress. Not only will ObamaCare offer healthcare coverage to cancer patients who could not previously afford it, it also introduces coverage for preventative treatments. More notably for breast cancer sufferers, women cannot be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

In addition to that, a number of measures will benefit those suffering from breast cancer and those at risk:

  • Improved health insurance coverage: access to health insurance must be approved or continued regardless of gender, age, or pre-existing conditions such as cancer.
  • Improved cancer detection coverage: cheaper or free (dependant upon age) screening and preventative services for breast cancer.
  • Increased Medicare drug coverage: the Medicare Part D prescription cap in coverage will be narrowed gradually between now and 2020.
  • Improved payment limits: there are no longer lifetime limits on payments and annual limits will be lifted in 2014.
  • Coverage for clinical trials: from 1st January 2014, eligible patients will be offered coverage in clinical trials that are appropriate to their condition.

There is of course far more to ObamaCare than the above provisions, but these are the items that offer the most hope for cancer sufferers and for those who are at risk. While it is not without its detractors and certainly does not promise flawless treatment for cancer sufferers, the PPACA’s existence is a good thing nonetheless.

To learn more about the impact of the PPACA in general and to get further information on its relevance to cancer sufferers, we recommend that you visit ObamaCare Facts.

Sources: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog, International Business Times and Wikipedia

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Here’s a news story we found recently from Linda Hurtado, at ABC Action News in Tampa Bay Florida:

     Ask any women getting chemotherapy what they fear most and the answer will probably be losing their hair.
After losing a breast, the hair is often a comfort they don’t want to give up.
Now there’s a method for keeping the hair called cold cap therapy.
In theory, the cold cap works by putting the hair follicles into hibernation, while the chemo circulates.

Aimee Pyburn survived her own diagnosis with breast cancer, surgery and radiation, but the thought of losing her hair terrified her.

“People look at you differently and treat you differently when they know you are ill. I didn’t want that. I wanted to be treated normal,” said Pyburn.

Good Charity, Inc. | National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund works to fight breast cancer in Michigan

     Her sister discovered the cold cap while doing research online and Aimee brought the idea up to her doctor, David Wright, of Florida Cancer Specialists.

“I didn’t think the cold cap would work,” said Dr. Wright. “They started with this years ago and it never really had a good affect, meaning women would try this intervention and they’d end up losing their hair anyway.”
But, Dr. Wright said he is now a believer.
“I have several patients on the cold cap and like Aimee, they’ve kept their hair.”

For more information about cold cap therapy check out:
https://www.facebook.com/LindaHurtado…

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Supports New Research

February 28th, 2013 by Brian Maiorana

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center have discovered an enzyme responsible for DNA mutations in most forms of breast cancer. Their findings were recently published in Nature and have garnered major interest in the medical world for the potential impact of the discovery.MN Masonic Cancer Center

The potential breakthrough grew out of research in HIV. The research team, lead by Rueben Harris, Ph.D.,  analyzed and catalogued a group of enzymes that help the human body fend off the HIV virus. When the techniques they developed to analyze enzyme function in the HIV research was applied in their new breast cancer study, Dr. Harris and his team made a surprising discovery. The same enzyme (APOBEC3B) that worked to block the growth and spread of HIV in the body, actually caused genomic mutations in breast cancer cells, which increased mortality rates.

By pinpointing this enzyme as the key factor in the spread of cancerous cells a significant step in the race for the cure has been made. In the short term, a simple test for elevated levels of this enzyme could provide early warning before breast cancer actually appears. In the long term, drugs could be developed that block the enzyme from causing cell mutation, thus preventing breast cancer from developing at all in most people.

When the National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund read about this important new discovery we knew that we had to help, and immediately provided financial resources to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund is proud to support cutting edge research in the search for the cure to breast cancer.

 

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Breast cancer attacks our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our colleagues. Very few people are left untouched by this virulent form of cancer, and the tens of billions of research dollars devoted to its eradication are surpassed only by the pain and suffering it causes its victims and their families.

During early 2012, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund’s director, Brian Maiorana, became aware of exciting news concerning breast cancer treatment research. In September of 2011, scientists at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center identified a virus (AAV2) that commonly enters the human body, but causes no negative health effects; this virus was observed in experiments to kill breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Treating breast cancer is particularly difficult; each stage in the disease’s progression requires different treatment methods. The AAV2 virus seems to stop the growth of cancer regardless of what stage the disease is in.

Good Charity, Inc supports Breast Cancer research

The discovery of the AAV2 virus and its potential application in treating not only breast cancer but all forms of cancer opens an exciting new vista of possibility in the search for a cure.

Cutting edge research, of course, requires massive funding, and the National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund is proud to financially support  the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and its research into new forms of breast cancer treatment.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund at work in Michigan

January 14th, 2013 by Brian Maiorana

Breast cancer kills more than forty thousand American women every year. For every death, there are many more women who fight the disease successfully -for these women and their loved ones, the struggle against breast cancer is an everyday battle.

Good Charity Inc. fights Breast Cancer in Michigan

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund and its director Brian Maiorana have decided that the most effective way to fight breast cancer is to target their giving to the best hospitals and medical research centers in the country. In Michigan, we chose to financially support Beaumont Hospital’s Vattikuti Digital Breast Diagnostic Center.

Beaumont provides a holistic spectrum of tools to battle the disease. From counseling programs for newly diagnosed patients, to the Clinical Oncology Program that offers patients access to the newest research trials and treatments, Beaumont is focused not just on treatment, but also on prevention and maintenance of health after treatment.

 “You and your donors are helping save lives! Through your generosity, you are helping fund cancer education, treatment and research programs that help tens of thousands of women each year.”

-Thank you letter addressed to Good Charity

Survival rates for breast cancer patients at Beaumont consistently exceed the national average. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund is proud to know that our donor’s generous contributions are helping to save lives.

 

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