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  • For Laurel mother, Relay for Life is a memory walk

    For Laurel mother, Relay for Life is a memory walk

    For nearly 30 years, Laurel resident Nancy Becraft has been fighting to help fund research on a cure for cancer, not as a survivor but as a caregiver. Alongside her husband, Wayne Becraft, she says the family was a strong support system for a few cousins who were battling cancer, scheduling doctors'...

  • Majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer after screening mammograms get unnecessary treatment, study finds

    Majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer after screening mammograms get unnecessary treatment, study finds

    More than half of breast cancers newly diagnosed in the United States are likely cases of mistaken identity that subject women to needless anxiety, treatment and expense, researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study also found that the value of mammograms as...

  • Artist's mastectomy tattoos reveal the beauty of survival

    Artist's mastectomy tattoos reveal the beauty of survival

    David Allen rests his forearm on the bare back of his client, a record producer, and applies the needle of a nearly silent tattoo machine to the stencil of a cicada on the man's skin. He works methodically around one outstretched wing, intensely focused, until the client is ready for a break, fresh...

  • Breast cancer survivor steps into Buffalo Grove dance studio to support cancer patients

    Breast cancer survivor steps into Buffalo Grove dance studio to support cancer patients

    Later this month, a Mount Prospect resident who overcame breast cancer will dance during an area fundraiser and try to show other women dealing with cancer that life can move forward after a diagnosis. Rochelle Schleser even trained for the occasion at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Buffalo Grove...

  • Topless with a purpose

    Topless with a purpose

    Comedian Tig Notaro did a stand-up routine recently on cable TV, and I couldn't help but notice something unusual about her performance. I mean, beside the fact that she was topless. She was helping me, and an entire audience, feel a little less uncomfortable about breast cancer. As a result, Notaro...

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