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Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta presents GET UP Fitness Challenge

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is presenting its GET UP Fitness Challenge, an initiative that encourages Atlantans to get active while also raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Research indicates that regular exercise can lower breast cancer risk by 10 to 20 percent, so being active is important in the fight against breast cancer. The GET UP Fitness Challenge is great way to fit exercise into the busy lives of our supporters.

Don’t miss the Komen Atlanta GET UP Fitness Challenge wrap up event at UrbanTree Cidery® on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature trivia games and other entertainment, and is open to the anyone! UrbanTree Cidery® is located at 1465 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Visit to find out how to participate in the GET UP Fitness Challenge.

Your age, lifestyle and family play role in prevention 

Provided by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute 

There is no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. 

Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan. 

Most people don’t realize that about 80 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a relative who had the disease. 

That is why it’s so important to get yearly check-ups and mammograms for anyone over the age of 40. 

Two easy ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer

  • Eat healthy
  • Stay fit

Because breast cancer has been associated with obesity, watching your diet and exercising are great lifestyle changes anyone can make (and they have benefits for other aspects of women’s health as well!) 

Family History 

If a woman does have a family history of breast cancer, her risk may be increased so she has several options to learn more. 

Genetic counseling and testing can help women understand how their family history impacts their odds of developing breast cancer and learn about options for increased screening or even surgery to reduce their risk. 

A simple blood or saliva test can determine if a person carries a mutation in a gene that increases the chance of developing breast, or other cancers. 

The most well-known examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes; however additional breast cancer genes have been discovered as well. 

A harmful genetic mutation can be inherited from a mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 in 2) of also inheriting the mutation. 

Therefore, genetic testing is not just information for one person, but a whole family. 

Anyone considering testing should first speak with their doctor who can refer them to a genetic counselor, so all of the implications of testing can be discussed. 

Age is an important risk factor

The time for average risk women to begin having yearly mammograms is age 40, but some doctors recommend beginning earlier depending on certain factors, like family history.

Although mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, statistics show that by screening for breast cancers and detecting them at the earliest possible point, they can lower the risk of a woman dying of breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50. 

For more information about mammograms, genetic counseling or your risks for breast cancer, visit or call 404-531-4444.

Provided by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Fighting Breast Cancer

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Fighting Breast Cancer

Your age, lifestyle and family play role in prevention. There is no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan...

            Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

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Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research.

The singer's vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit "Halo" and "Ava Maria" after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million.

"Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart," Beyonce said Platt, who will soon be leaving his position at Warner/Chappell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top publishing company in the music business.

"You have touched so many lives, mine included," she added.

Jay Z called Platt the "Obama of the music industry." The music executive is known for signing publishing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His roster of songwriters at Warner/Chappell includes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Timbaland.

Both Beyonce and Jay Z appeared at the black-tie charity event after the couple wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.

"I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt," Jay Z told more than 1,000 attendees. "He's known as 'Big Jon' and he has a beautiful soul."

City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases as the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $118 million in 45 years. The award is the group's highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film and entertainment.

Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.

Music mogul Diddy, singer Usher, former NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt's family members took part in a video dedicated to the music executive. Platt's oldest son, Jonathan Platt, was diagnosed with diabetes.

Platt shed tears while talking about his friendship with Jay Z, thanking the rapper for coming into his life.

"As an African-American, I want to say that we're more than just athletes and music artists. ... We're CEOs," Platt said.

Pharrell Williams hosted the star-studded event that included Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Tiffany Haddish, Usher, Timbaland, Derek Fisher and Rita Ora.

Mary Mary performed a few of their hits including "Shackles (Praise You)" and "God in Me." Jazz player Trombone Shorty also provided a musical set.

Haddish introduced cancer survivor, Kommah McDowell, who said she had a 5 percent chance to survive triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer. She told her story of overcoming the disease 13 years ago.

"It's great that everyone took time out of their crazy schedules to do something good," singer Bebe Rexha said. "The real happiness doesn't just come from money or numbers or where you are on the Billboard charts. It's all about doing stuff like this, helping people. That is what makes people truly happy."

            Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video

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Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video

Tennis great Serena Williams goes topless and sings "I Touch Myself" in a video to promote breast cancer awareness month.

With her hands covering her breasts, Williams writes in the Instagram post that the video took her out of her "comfort zone." But she said she wanted to do it because early detection saves so many lives.

The video is part of the I Touch Myself Project, which is dedicated to Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett. The 53-year-old Australian died after a long battle with breast cancer in 2013.

Williams said Amphlett "gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first."

Olivia Newton-John reveals she has cancer for third time

Olivia Newton-John has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades.

The Australian singer and actress revealed the news in a profile interview with the country’s Seven Network public affairs program, “Sunday Night.” She said doctors found a tumor in the lower base of her spine in 2017. 

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In 1992, Newton-John found a lump in her right breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had nine months of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, and afterward announced she was cancer-free. She has since become a breast cancer awareness advocate.

When her breast cancer metastasized to a mass in her shoulder 20 years later in 2013, she kept it private. “Sunday Night” reported she treated the disease with conventional medicine and natural methods to help her immune system, and although the tumor got smaller, a third tumor was found in her lower back in 2017.

“I’m one of millions in this fight ... I shouldn’t say fight -- in this journey,” Newton-John said. “A lot of people see it as a fight, and whatever you choose to see it (as) that’s you’re prerogative. I see it as part of my -- whatever you want to call it -- I see it as part of my mission, maybe.”

Newton-John said she’s doing well on her treatment, which includes a healthier diet, cutting out sugar, radiation and cannabis oil for her pain. Her husband, John Easterling, grows a small amount of the plant for her.

“In California, it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes, so he makes me tinctures,” she said. “They help with pain. They help with sleep. “I’m very lucky I live in a state where it's legal and that I have a husband that is a plant medicine man. And my dream is that in Australia, soon it will be available to all the cancer patients and people going through cancer or any kind of disease that causes pain.”

The full “Sunday Night” interview can be watched on YouTube. Newton-John speaks about her recent diagnosis around the 36-minute mark.


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