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It’s Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day

I met these great fighters at the C4YW Conference.
I met these great fighters at the C4YW Conference.

When you hear triple negative you probably think it is a good thing. This is what most people thought when I shared my diagnosis. Unfortunately it is not.

A breast cancer diagnosis is usually based upon the presence, or lack of, three “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). The most successful treatments for breast cancer target these receptors.

Unfortunately, none of these receptors are found in women with triple negative breast cancer. In other words, a triple negative breast cancer diagnosis means that the offending tumor is estrogen receptor-negative, progesterone receptor-negative and HER2-negative, thus giving rise to the name “triple negative breast cancer.” On a positive note, this type of breast cancer is typically responsive to chemotherapy. Because of its triple negative status, however, triple negative tumors generally do not respond to receptor targeted treatments. Triple negative breast cancer can be particularly aggressive, and more likely to recur than other subtypes of breast cancer.

This is not a day to celebrate but to raise awareness and funds to continue research and help others.  Pink Ribbon Stiletos was founded to do just that. Please take this time to donate to support our cause. Every little bit helps.

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TomikaTalks

Chief Care Officer at Life in Pumps
Philly based lifestyle, travel and wellness writer. Using her voice to help other busy women navigate life, staying relevant and stylish. Tomika loves exploring the sights and sounds of the city. She believes that life is an adventure and is often found using planes, trains and automobiles. Rarely will you find Tomika without her signature lipstick and/or a conversation starter shoe.

Welcome to my home on the web... I’m Tomika, the thought leader behind Life in Pumps. I love all things fashion, fun & travel! I’m a wife and mother of two very active teenagers. I'm a social butterfly and passionate about advocating for breast cancer disparities and the benefits of organics. Follow along as I believe life is more fun when you actually live it!

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