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BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Karin Risi celebrated one year free of cancer on June 12, and she has $200,000 in medical bills to prove it. Risi, principal and head of Vanguard Group's retail-advice services, underwent a mastectomy after being found to have breast cancer last year. Her medical journey prompted her to examine breast cancer from a financial perspective. When the actress Angelina Jolie underwent a stunningly expensive medical procedure - a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction - women everywhere began thinking about the most difficult financial decision they might ever make.
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karen Keane Smith, 46, a Springfield, Delaware County, native and mother who chronicled online her six-year battle with breast cancer, died Tuesday, May 28, of the disease at her home in Atlanta. "As sad as this was, Karen had been fighting this recurrence of cancer since 2/13/12," posted husband Kirk Smith immediately after her death, "and the past two weeks had been nothing but surviving. "Karen is in a better place, and I'm happy she's now free from her pain and suffering.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
NOW THAT Michael Douglas ' comeback from cancer is complete with his over-the-top role as Liberace in HBO's "Beyond the Candelabra," he's been doing a lot of press. Here's what he told the Guardian in Great Britain about his recent throat cancer. It was caused by oral sex. No, not from getting it. The Guardian asked Douglas if his cancer scare made him question his decades of smoking and drinking, and he replied, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus]
NEWS
May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie revealed she'd had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt died from the disease Sunday. Debbie Martin died at age 61 at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., near San Diego, her husband, Ron Martin, told The Associated Press. Debbie Martin was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, whose own death from ovarian cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie described in a May 14 op-ed in the New York Times.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
JUST HOURS before dawn on May 14, Jackie Underwood's three daughters held her in their arms as the cancer stole the last breath from her broken body. For many days before, and almost every day since, her children - Makia Underwood, 32, Zakia Clark, 29, and Tasha Clark, 27 - have worn hats and shirts that read "F--- CANCER," with the "C" in "F---" replaced by a breast-cancer-awareness ribbon. "That's how we feel. It took our mom away. It's a demon. It's the devil," Zakia Clark said.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once almost unthinkable, cutting off healthy breasts to prevent cancer is increasingly common among women with certain gene mutations and, as Angelina Jolie found, often restores a sense of control. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no ways diminishes my femininity," the movie star wrote Tuesday in a New York Times op-ed. Jolie, who watched her mother die of ovarian cancer at age 56, inherited a mutation in a gene, BRCA1, that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelina Jolie trended high among worldwide Twitter topics all day Tuesday. In a New York Times op-ed, she said she'd had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that carried with it an unusually high risk of breast cancer. The outpouring of support was unusual even for Twitter. Stars, especially, praised Jolie's resolve. Kristen Bell called her Times op-ed "admirable," and director Adam Shankman called it "beautiful. " Nia Vardalos called for "a moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
For some, Mother's Day involved brunch. For others, a few blissful hours to putter in the garden or to read a book. In Philadelphia, thousands marked the day to honor Mom by walking or running to help protect all women. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the region's largest one-day breast cancer fund-raiser, brought together grandmothers, mothers, mothers-to-be and little girls far too young to be thinking about motherhood. Men participated too, an important reminder that they are not immune to breast cancer.
SPORTS
May 13, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Temple football team has been participating in the annual Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure since 2006. The Owls, however, will have added roles in Sunday's fund-raiser for breast cancer research at the Eakins Oval/Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fifteen members of Temple's football family - including head coach Matt Rhule and his wife, Julie - will participate in the 5K race, 5K walk, or 1-mile walk. More than 50 others associated with the Big East program have volunteered to hand out water.
SPORTS
May 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denise Benn spent Mother's Day last year enduring the effects of chemotherapy, trying to treat the cancer that invaded her colon and worried her five sons. One of those sons is Arrelious Benn, now an Eagles wide receiver and in better spirits than a year ago. One of the reasons is the health of Denise, whose cancer is in remission. On Saturday, one day before Mother's Day, Denise joined her five sons on Team Arrelious, created for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run in his native Washington.
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