Co-Survivors – What can I do? What can I say?

Breast Cancer: Co-Survivors

There are as many ways of being a co-survivor as there are people! Thoughtful gestures big and small mean so much to survivors, whether they’ve just been diagnosed or completed treatment many years ago.

Breast Care Helpline Information

If you or a loved one needs more information about breast health or breast cancer, call our breast care helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email at

Helpline specialist may also assist in the following ways:

  • Help callers think about and develop a list of their needs in order of priority,
  • Reassure callers that their feelings and concerns are typical—that they are not alone in the way they feel,
  • Educate about breast cancer issues and coping mechanisms,
  • Evaluate the need for emotional support,
  • Teach/coach the client how to better communicate with their health care team; and
  • Help callers write a list of questions and find ways to remember the answers.

All calls and emails are answered by a trained and caring staff member in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. TTD is also available.

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk

Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits — such as limiting alcohol and staying physically active. Understand what you can do to reduce your breast cancer risk.

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By Mayo Clinic Staff

 If you’re concerned about breast cancer, you might be wondering if there are steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention. Some risk factors, such as family history, can’t be changed. However, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk.

Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. The following are steps you can take to lower your risk:

  • Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation — based on research on the effect of alcohol on breast cancer risk — is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk.
  • Don’t smoke. Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause.
  • Be physically active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week.
  • Breast-feed. Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
  • Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. If you’re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. You might be able to manage your symptoms with nonhormonal therapies and medications. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.
  • Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.Medical-imaging methods, such as computerized tomography, use high doses of radiation. While more studies are needed, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. Reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.

Can a healthy diet prevent breast cancer?

Eating a healthy diet might decrease your risk of some types of cancer, as well as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For example, women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts might have a reduced risk of breast cancer. The Mediterranean diet focuses on mostly on plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. People who follow the Mediterranean diet choose healthy fats, like olive oil, over butter and fish instead of red meat.  Maintaining a healthy weight also is a key factor in breast cancer prevention.

Wed. Oct 19th Lunch ‘N Learn – Healthy Technology Habits

  • You are cordially invited to attend a Healthy Horizons “Lunch ‘N Learn”.
  • Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Atherton Union Room 326
  • Bring your lunch and join us
  • Prize drawings!

Tom Janke, Director of the Center for Academic Technology, will address us. In this conversation, we will discuss technology use and its implications on emotional and physical wellness.  We won’t end there, however.  We’ll take a step further and explore practices that promote healthy use of technology both at home and on the job.  Participants will come away with strategies that will help them manage technology use in health promoting and productive ways.

See you there!


Apple Harvest is Upon Us!

  • Ingredients: 8
  • Serves: 4
  • Total Time: 45 min

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:
347 grams
Serving Per Container:  4
Amount Per Serving:
Calories:  330
Calories from Fat:  100
% Daily Value
Total Fat:  11g 17%
Saturated Fat: 2g 10%
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol:  65mg 22%
Sodium:  540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate:  40g 13%
Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%
Sugars: 17g
Protein:  20g


  • 3-4 red potatoes or your favorite potato variety (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 red apples (Fuji, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Gala, or similar variety)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 chicken herb link sausages (12 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut potatoes into chunks, place in 2-quart baking dish. Drizzle with canola oil. Toss to coat. Roast potatoes in oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are roasting, cut apples and onion into chunks, and sausage into ½-inch slices.
  4. Remove baking dish from oven and reduce heat to 375 degrees. Add all remaining ingredients to baking dish and toss.
  5. Return baking dish to oven and roast an additional 30 minutes until apples and potatoes are tender.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor


Ask Pete the Planner Day – Thursday, November 3, 2016

Balanced Walking

Ask Pete the Planner – Thursday, November 3, 2016; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Consider it financial speed dating! For 20 minutes, you can discuss any financial topic that comes to mind, one-on-one with Pete such as “Why do I live paycheck-to-paycheck?” or “Which credit card should I tackle first?”  All conversations are completely confidential and no securities related advice, such as XYZ Mutual Fund, will be discussed.  This opportunity is open to all Butler faculty and staff. Spouses are welcome to attend.

  • Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • Location: Pharmacy Building, Room 110
  • Time: 20-minute appointments, 8:00 am – 11:20 am and 12:20 pm – 4:00 pm

A limited number of slots are available and sign up is required. Please use SignUp Genius to sign up for a single 20-minute appointment.

You may not email Healthy Horizons to sign up for an appointment. Please use the

SignUp Genius link above.

Questions or issues using SignUp Genius?  Contact us at or by calling extension 8143.

Support for Males with Breast Cancer

Support groups for men with breast cancer

In-person support groups for men with breast cancer can be hard to find. However, there are support groups for men with any cancer diagnosis. And, there may be online support groups where men with breast cancer can share common experiences. Some organizations may even be able to help connect men with another male breast cancer survivor for one-on-one telephone or online support. See resources below.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis


Cancer Support Community

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Symptoms of Male Breast Cancer

One study found that male breast cancer is on the rise, with a 25% increase over the 25 years from 1973 to 1988. But it’s still rare. It’s unclear whether the reported rise means the disease is slowly becoming more common, or whether men better understand the symptoms and report their symptoms, leading to diagnoses that might have been missed in the past.

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If you notice any persistent changes to your breasts, you should contact your doctor. Here are some signs to watch for:

  • a lump felt in the breast
  • nipple pain
  • an inverted nipple
  • nipple discharge (clear or bloody)
  • sores on the nipple and areola (the small ring of color around the center of the nipple)
  • enlarged lymph nodes under the arm

It’s important to note that enlargement of both breasts (not just on one side) is usually NOT cancer. The medical term for this is gynecomastia. Sometimes the breasts can become quite large. Non-cancer-related enlargement of the breasts can be caused by medications, heavy alcohol use, weight gain, or marijuana use.

A small study about male breast cancer found that the average time between first symptom and diagnosis was 19 months, or over a year and a half. That’s a very long time! This is probably because people don’t expect breast cancer to happen to men, so there is little to no early detection.

Earlier diagnosis could make a life-saving difference. With more research and more public awareness, men will learn that — just like women — they need to go to their doctor right away if they detect any persistent changes to their breasts.

Breast Cancer Support Resources

What support and where to get it for yourself and your support system: