National Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day To Raise Research Funding and Awareness
Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a form of the disease that is not widely known, but a national day devoted to awareness is aiming to change that. According to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (TNBCF), the name of this type of breast cancer is derived from the absence of three receptors. Most forms of the disease are linked to estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), but not triple negative diagnosis.
As a result, a triple negative tumor does not respond to receptor-specific treatment, though chemotherapy has proven to be effective at fighting the disease. The TNBCF wants to fund research that will help find a targeted treatment for women with triple negative breast cancer in order to fight the disease without chemotherapy, which can have many negative side effects.
March 3, 2014 is national Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day, and TNBCF is asking people across the country to create an event that will help raise funds for research. For example, you can host a bake sale in your neighborhood, ask a business to donate to the cause or organize a walk. The event does not have to be held on March 3, and people interested in hosting can register online on the TNBCF website.