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What You need to Know

Breast cancer is among the leading causes of cancer in women. However, there is still so much unknown about its directly related causes and prevention. A major fact that most people do not know is that breast cancer is an umbrella term covering the several “subtypes” of breast cancer.  One of the more aggressive “subtypes” of breast cancer that proposes the most risk to young and otherwise healthy women, women with a BRCA1 mutation, and African-American women, is triple negative breast cancer.


Triple negative breast cancer is the diagnosis of testing negative for estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). This “subtype” of cancer does not usually respond to receptor treatment and is more likely to recur than any other “subtype” of cancer. The most effective treatment for triple negative breast cancer is chemotherapy.

Prevention

The best way to prevent any types of cancer or illness is to remain active and to eat a well-balanced diet. Be sure to get 30 minutes of daily exercise and to drink plenty of water. See your gynecologist regularly and if you are over 40, begin having yearly mammograms. It is also important to do self breast exams after your menstrual cycle has finished. Start with your arm behind your head and press two fingers around the nipple, the breast, and under the pit of your arm. If you find any lumps or bumps, changes in the skin of your breast, or any discharge from the nipple, tell your health care provider.

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What is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

Your pathology report may state that the breast cancer cells tested negative for estrogen receptors (ER-), progesterone receptors (PR-), and HER2 (HER2-). Testing negative for all three means the cancer is triple-negative.

Who Gets Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

Although anyone can get triple-negative breast cancer, researchers have found that it is more likely to affect:

  • Younger people
  • African-American and Hispanic women
  • People with a BRCA1 mutation

Charlene Berry, Executive Director & Founder