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Real Pink is taking real conversations about breast cancer from the doctor's office to the living room. Hosted by Adam Walker, episodes feature candid conversations with survivors, researchers, physicians, and more. Find answers to your toughest questions and clear, actionable steps to live a better life, longer. At Real Pink, compassionate storytelling meets real inspiration, and real support.

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Recent Episodes

Family Ties

Breast cancer screening and early detection play an important role in your health. Screening tests can help detect breast cancer at an early stage when the chances of survival are highest. In this episode, we will dive into the importance of screening and how that can help with early detection. As part of this conversation, we will also discuss why genetic counseling and testing is so important, along with the importance of having discussions about family health history, especially in Black families. Joining us for this discussion is Sharon Anderson, who is living with metastatic inflammatory breast cancer.
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Knowing When to Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Dr. Elizabeth Morris, M.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of California Davis. She is a clinician and specializes in high-risk breast cancer screening. A pioneer in the field of breast imaging, she is at the cutting edge of research using advanced screening techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in conjunction with artificial intelligence to identify people at higher risk for breast cancer earlier, so they can receive more screening and catch breast cancer earlier. Her Komen work combines screening images, patient health information, genomics, and uses artificial intelligence to predict individuals at higher risk for breast cancer, in hopes of making a better model to identify those who would benefit from earlier or more frequent breast cancer screening. Dr. Morris is here today to talk to us about her passion for early detection and to help us understand when we should be getting screened for breast cancer.
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Recipes for Joyous Living

Finding and seeing joy in life can be a challenge. When you have been diagnosed with cancer four times and lost numerous family members to the disease, it can be even more of a challenge. However, Sulie Spencer has found ways to be victorious in body, mind and spirit and shines her light on every path she crosses. She is a great example of what faith in God, prayer and early detection can do. As a 46-year survivor, she is here today on our podcast alongside her daughter, Julie Washington, to share their family’s story, how to find joy in life despite life’s ups and downs, and how Julie was able to capture her mother’s spirit and passion for cooking in a book called Recipes for Joyous Living: A Story of Inspiration.
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Fighting while Expecting

In this episode of the Susan G. Komen "Real Talk" podcast series, Alison LoCoco and Kate Ratajczak share their personal journeys of being diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant. As guests on the show, they candidly discuss the challenges they faced during this difficult time and offer insight into how they navigated the complex and emotional decisions that came with their diagnoses. Hear firsthand how these two women balanced pregnancy and breast cancer treatment, while also taking care of themselves and their families. With this episode, the series aims to provide a platform for honest and raw conversations about breast cancer, with a focus on underrepresented experiences such as pregnancy and motherhood. Tune in to gain valuable insight and a new perspective on breast cancer, from two brave women who have been there.
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Reframing the Discussion for Surgical Options After Breast Cancer

After undergoing a mastectomy, women can either proceed with a reconstruction or “go flat”, but today’s guest says that the correct decision is what’s best for the patient. As an oncoplastic breast surgeon at City of Hope Chicago, Dr. Carolyn Bhakta performs surgical procedures for patients with breast malignancies, ranging from the earliest to advanced stages of disease. Dr. Bhakta works closely with her patients to understand their cancer needs and goals to identify the most appropriate surgical options and to heal her patients both physically and emotionally. When it comes to breast cancer surgery, there are no wrong decisions – only personal decisions.
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Connecting Black Cancer Patients to Financial Coverage

In an effort to drive systemic change, Komen partnered with ASCO and a group of health care institutions to develop and test interventions that address breast health inequities in the Black community. Here’s a peek into a success story at Parkland Hospital & Health System in Dallas, where the intervention helped connect Black cancer patients to financial coverage and ultimately improved their access to care. We are excited to speak to Maripat Hodges, Cancer Program Manager at Parkland Hospital, to learn more about this success story.
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Roselyn White + Tamarah Davis

Navigating the Healthcare System and Improving Patient Outcomes

Patient navigators empower and guide patients to overcome barriers during cancer treatment, helping to ensure a seamless, high-quality breast care journey. In this episode, we are going to learn more about Komen’s Patient Navigation Program, which connects patients to resources and support every step of the way. I am excited to be joined by Tamarah Davis and her patient navigator Roselyn White to learn more about how Komen’s Patient Navigation program is improving outcomes for Black patients.

Domenica Lagunas

As a Latina, I Know We Need To Talk About Breast Cancer More

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Hispanic and Latina women and they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage than non-Hispanic women. This is why it is so important to empower Hispanic and Latina women in the U.S to understand their breast cancer risk and advocate for themselves to take control of their health. Today’s guest grew up in a Hispanic household where breast health was never really spoken about. She lives a healthy lifestyle and undergoes regular wellness appointments, including annual mammograms, so when she learned she had breast cancer, it came as a shock. Here today to tell us her story and how her diagnosis has made her passionate about educating the Hispanic community about breast health and the need for greater representation in research and clinical trials is Domenica Lagunas. Domenica, welcome to the show!

Raymond Cottman

Running For You Mom

As with any major illness, breast cancer can have effects beyond the person who is diagnosed and the death of a parent can be one of the most significant losses that someone will ever face. This is particularly true for young adults in their twenties, who are still learning to navigate life and fully transition into an independent adult. Loss, grief and mourning affects everyone in different ways and it can be a challenge to learn how to cope and seek support. Today’s guest was thriving in life and working the job of his dreams when he lost his mother to Inflammatory Breast Cancer. He then found himself shutting down from his family, his faith and even himself in the years that followed. He bravely fought his way back and is now honoring his Mom by running marathons and raising money for Susan G. Komen.

Living with MBC in the Latinx community

Living with MBC in the Latinx community

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for Hispanic and Latina women in the U.S., a fact that has driven today’s guest to become a passionate advocate for health equity in the Latinx community. After her diagnosis in 2018, Idalia Guzman realized that living with MBC was possible and that she could continue to have a productive life while enduring the treatment’s side effects. In fact, she is fortunate enough that she was able to continue with her doctorate degree studies and work full time while raising two teenagers. Idalia is part of Komen’s newly formed MBC Steering Committee, which seeks to ensure the unique needs of the MBC community are integrated across Komen’s programs and initiatives. She also has provided feedback for the development Komen’s MBC Impact Series focused on the Hispanic/Latinx community and participated in Komen’s Race for the Cure in Puerto Rico. Sharing her experience and knowledge with other patients gives her a sense of purpose, so we are thrilled to have her on the show today to share her experience of living life with MBC in the Latinx community. Idalia, welcome to the show!

EP184 - Dr. Jose Leone

The Relationship Between Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer

Women are often the gatekeepers of the family’s health and the ones responsible for ensuring their family members stay on top of health information and screenings. Because of this, it can be helpful for them to understand that certain inherited gene mutations may increase the risk of breast cancer in both women and men in their family. These inherited gene mutations may also increase the risk of other cancers such as ovarian cancer (in women) and prostate cancer (in men). Therefore, it is important for family members with inherited gene mutations to share their test results with both men and women in their families, since they all may benefit from talking to their doctors about how these mutations impact their risk for breast, prostate and other cancers as well as exploring options for genetic counseling and testing. Here today to help us specifically understand the relationship between breast cancer and prostate cancer is medical oncologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director for the Program for Breast Cancer in Men at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Jose Pablo Leone. Dr. Leone, welcome to the show!

EP183 Jade Gibson + Morgan Barnes

Chances of Early Detection Improve With Screening & Diagnostics Program

Breast cancer screening can help find breast cancer early when the chances of survival are highest. In this episode, we are going to learn more about Komen’s Screening & Diagnostics Program, which provides no-cost breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for people of all ages and genders who meet income guidelines in select cities. I am excited to be joined by Jade Gibson, a patient navigator at Komen, and Morgan Barnes, a Wellness Program Coordinator at the Center for Black Women’s Wellness in Atlanta, to learn more about the Screening & Diagnostics Program. Welcome to the show, Jade and Morgan!

Body Dysmorphia After Surgery

Body Dysmorphia After Surgery

Every person’s experience with mastectomies is different. Some people might experience extreme body dysmorphia following their surgeries and others might find the healing process easier. Concerns about body image and sexuality are common and can be especially hard for young breast cancer survivors, who find that regaining body confidence after a mastectomy can be difficult. Today’s guest was diagnosed at age 36 with stage IIIC triple-negative breast cancer and because of ongoing treatments, has not yet been able to have a breast reconstruction or even have expanders put in. Here today to talk about how that has affected her physically, emotionally and mentally is LaToya Bolds-Johnson.

EP181 Sindhu Giedd

25 Years Later: Reflecting on Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis is never easy, especially on the children of the family. Today’s guest a friend of host Adam Walker — Sindhu Giedd. Her mother was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer when she was in ninth grade. Now as a mother herself and near the age that her mother was when she was diagnosed, Sindhu reflects on her experience with her mother’s diagnosis, how she thinks about her health and the health of her family, and gives us some advice for how families can include their older children in the breast cancer conversation.

You Know Your Body Best

You Know Your Body Best

When something feels off, it’s important to pay attention to it. Sometimes that might mean having to stand up to your healthcare team when your needs are not being met, which is not always easy. Asking questions or pushing can be difficult when you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared, or want to be seen as a good patient.However, you know your body best and self advocating really boils down to listening to your body and speaking up for it. Today’s guest was having warning signs that something was wrong, but dismissed them at first because she could not feel a lump. She knew her body and despite doctors telling her that it was no big deal, she pushed for further testing, which ultimately led to her diagnosis. Here today to tell her story and why it is so important to advocate for yourself until you get the answers you need is Laurie Potz.

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