BEACON (Beneficial, Empowering, Accessible, Cancer Online Network) is a free, self-paced online system that provides cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors tools to reduce stress, cultivate joy, and practice wellness. This program was developed by Wellness Within, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people navigate the fog of information and emotions surrounding cancer diagnosis; their goal is to give space to focus on your quality of life while letting the doctors focus on the disease.
Four researchers kicked off the first in our Pathways Breast Cancer Study webinar series, Thriving and Breast Cancer: What we’ve learned from the Pathways Study, in February 2023. They gave an overview of the study and the findings so far about the relationship between diet patterns, Vitamin D, and length of survival and the risk of breast cancer recurrence.
Puberty is the process of growing from a child into an adult. For girls, this happens when the brain tells the ovaries to start making chemicals called "hormones" that help you grow. There are many things that can shape when you start puberty and what it’s like. In this video, "Girls Talk: What is Puberty?," teens share what puberty was like for them so younger girls can learn from their experience. For more videos in this series, click here.
The Anticancer Lifestyle Program is a free online evidenced-based lifestyle transformation course that offers cancer survivors and those of us interested in prevention the tools and information we need to reduce the odds of cancer and cancer recurrence. It can also help prevent or manage other chronic illnesses, like heart disease and type II diabetes.
2022 has been an exceptional year! Thank you for joining us in envisioning a world with zero breast cancer. We know breast cancer research has the greatest impact when results are shared. When you choose to partner with us, you fuel passion to educate and empower hundreds of thousands of kids, parents/caregivers, teens, young adults, breast cancer survivors, and the broader community. Read on for some highlights of our 2022 impact (metrics reported from January through December), and please consider donating to support our ongoing work to prevent breast cancer and support the health and wellness of survivors.
Two cardiologists (heart doctors) who work with cancer patients, a researcher and a breast cancer patient navigator joined Zero Breast Cancer’s October 2022 webinar to offer important information about managing heart health during and after breast cancer treatment. One of the panelists is also a breast cancer survivor. They gave an overview of the current treatments most likely to cause heart problems and what can be done to prevent or limit them.
Zero Breast Cancer's Healthy Futures Activity Book empowers kids ages 5-7 to improve their own health and gives caregivers tools to support healthy behaviors. Kids complete one activity in each of four key areas (move more, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and feel better) to receive a patch or zipper pull as a prize.
While the Healthy Futures program focuses on healthy behaviors and does not bring up puberty or breast cancer, its goal is to reduce the risk of early puberty and lifetime breast cancer risk. Healthy behaviors before puberty reduce the likelihood of early puberty in cis-gendered girls, which decreases their lifetime breast cancer risk. When healthy behaviors are maintained while breasts are developing, it reduces lifetime breast cancer risk, too. Although breast cancer is most common in cis-gender women, this program was designed for kids of all genders so that it can be used in mixed-gender groups and because any person can get breast cancer.
Wonderful insights and wisdom shared by our panelists and the webinar audience who wrote in with questions and advice. While several people reported not being heard or receiving help from their healthcare providers, panelists encouraged us to keep communicating and to share the ZBC neuropathy factsheet with our providers. Below we have a summary of the responses from our webinar panelists and participants, with some extra questions answered.
Women who have had breast cancer are living longer than ever before. By eight years after a breast cancer diagnosis, people without metastatic disease are more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer. Breast cancer treatment can increase the risk of some diseases of the heart, arteries and blood vessels, also known as cardiovascular diseases (CVD).