The Toyota Near Fullerton Dealership Helps Breast Cancer Victims

Apart from the Halloween parties, the costumes, and mountains of candy we usually stuff our faces with, October is also a time to help women and men who suffer from breast cancer. At Toyota near Fullerton, we try to help breast cancer victims through the Susan Koman breast cancer foundation.


What Is Breast Cancer? 

Breast cancer affects mostly women across the globe, of different ages and ethnicities. That’s why Fullerton car dealerships believe we should all come together in unity to put an end to breast cancer. At some time in our life, we will be affected by breast cancer, either because we have a friend, family member, or even ourselves will have encountered this battle. 

Statistics show that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and globally. In 2019, there will be around 268,600 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S alone.

Toyota’s Susan Koman breast cancer foundation at Fullerton car dealerships has helped many women get the advanced treatment and early detection they need for improved survival for people of all ages and races, as well as all stages of breast cancer. 

As a matter of fact, there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today, which is more than any other group of cancer survivors. 

Breast cancer happens when cells divide and grow abnormally. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) happens when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts but have not spread to other tissues nearby. The phrase “in situ” refers to “in place”. Hence the fact that with DCIS the abnormal cells remain inside the ducts.

DCIS is a form of non-invasive breast cancer. DCIS is also referred to as “pre-invasive” or “pre-cancerous. Even though DCIS is non-invasive, if a person affected by it goes without treatment, it can develop into invasive breast cancer. On average in 2019, over 52,000 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive breast cancer, will be diagnosed. 

Invasive cancer happens when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or even other parts of the body. Cancer cells move from the breast to other parts of the body through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. These cancer cells can travel early in the process when a tumor is small or afterward when the tumor is large.


If breast cancer spreads, the lymph nodes in the underarm area, the axillary lymph nodes, are the first place the cancer cells are likely to move to. 

When invasive breast cancer spreads away from the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body, Toyota near Fullerton points out that this is called metastatic breast cancer. 

Metastatic breast cancer, also known as stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and axillary lymph nodes to other parts and organs of the body. The most often are the bones, lungs, liver, and brain. Metastatic breast cancer is not a particular type of breast cancer, but instead the most advanced stage of breast cancer.  


What Are The Warning Signs Of Breast Cancer? 

Women, and in some rare cases men, who do regular mammography screening can find the early stages of breast cancer before the warning signs appear. Unfortunately, not all breast cancers are found through mammography.

The warning signs are not the same for all women. The most common signs are the following:


  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area.

  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast.

  • Change in the size and shape of the breast.

  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin.

  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.

  • Pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast.

  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly.

  • New pain in one spot that does not go away.


What Is Toyota Doing To Save Lives? 

As Toyota near Fullerton explains in the 1970s, many women suffer from breast cancer in silence. There were limited resources, information, and support available. A minority of women were screened, and very few even knew what mammography was. 

When breast cancer was diagnosed, patients usually had to experience total mastectomy since it was the standard surgical procedure at the time. In the late 1970s, breast-conserving surgery, such as lumpectomies were adopted. The only non-surgical treatments were chemotherapy and radiation. Also, tamoxifen is approved to treat patients with advanced breast cancer. 

In the 1980s when Susan G. Komen passed away at the age of 36 from breast cancer, her younger sister Nancy Goodman Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komen’s memory in 1982. She believed that Susan would have had a better chance of survival if breast cancer patients knew more about cancer and its treatment. Before Susan passed, she promised her that she would do everything she could to end breast cancer. 

Since the foundation was created, the 1990s saw the identification of a genetic link to some breast and ovarian cancers, less-invasive surgical techniques are introduced, better treatments are available such as trastuzumab (Herceptin), taxanes. 

Also, the drug tamoxifen was approved as a means to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The foundation saw more breast cancer patients advocate for more federal funding of breast cancer research. These advocates helped to establish the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for low-income and uninsured women. 


The 2000s saw researchers discover breast cancer subtypes, and genetic tests were developed to determine which patients require more aggressive treatment. The 2010s brought many advancements such as new treatments for HER2+ breast cancer with pertuzumab, trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1).


Toyota supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation for all that they have managed to accomplish above and for their bold future goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the United States by 2026. 

If you want to save lives, head down to Toyota near Fullerton to donate and get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention this October. 

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