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Have You Heard of Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

July 10th, 2009, byStaff

Triple negative breast cancer recently claimed the life of longtime executive producer of The Tavis Smiley Show on Public Radio International—Sheryl Flowers. Flowers was 42.

But you’ve probably never heard of triple negative breast cancer. It is an aggressive form of breast cancer that is so named because the three receptors that successful breast cancer treatment targets—estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and  human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)—are not found in women with this breast cancer subtype.

If you want to learn more about triple negative and other types of breast cancer, check out these resources.

1) Watch tonight’s show (see clip below). Tavis devotes the entire show to a discussion of breast cancer. He talks to one of the leading authorities on cancer risk assessment, Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade and breast cancer survivors Diahann Carroll and television writer Jessica Queller.

2) Visit the Web site for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, which has set up a memorial fund in Flowers’ memory.

3) Learn more about the disease and find support at www.breastcancer.org. You can also get help detecting breast cancer by joining the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s early detection plan.

4) Also check out Tavis’ heartfelt video blog about his friend and colleague.

  • (anonymous)

    I have been resent Diagnosed with triple neg. breast ca. I have 7 sisters, my case makes 8 cases of breast ca. among 6 sisters. On my father’s side of the family breast ca has prayed among both males & females. Breast ca has claimed the life of 3rd & 4th generation of our young adults. I can not stress to our young peoples the importance of early detection.
    I am greatly concerned about the alarming numbers of breast ca my family. Travis thanks for your show on breast ca.

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