Meet the Breast Cancer Survivor Who Bared It All in John Legend’s New Music Video

You’ll see Legend’s wife, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, get ready to go out. You’ll see a boxer mid-workout. You’ll watch a bride shake off nerves, a girl get her ears pierced and a young woman try on clothes in a dressing room. You’ll see an elderly woman apply makeup, a teenager with Down syndrome look her outfit up and down, and a mom adjust her glasses. You’ll watch “Orange Is The New Black” actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox take off her makeup and a cancer patient take off her wig.

And at the 2:43 mark, you’ll watch a woman take off her bra, revealing scars from the double mastectomy she had in 2010. Her name is Brenda O’Brien.

This is her story.

Brenda O’Brien in the music video of John Legend’s "You & I (Nobody in the World).”

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10 Treatments for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 US women, and is 100 times less common among men. Environmental exposure to carcinogens such as radiation, pesticides, cigarette smoke, plastics, endocrine disruptors, the use of birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacement therapy, lack of exercise and obesity have been recognized as possible contributory factors to an increased risk of breast cancer.

After receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, you will be anxious to learn about the various treatments. The overall recovery plan will depend on several factors including the stage and size of the tumor. The hormone receptor status and genomic markers are also relevant. Your age, medical history, and general health are important factors to consider in terms of treatment and prognosis of breast cancer.

Whether you have a small, but fast-growing tumor or a large one that is slow to grow, you still will want to seek personalized recommendations. You can consult with a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, oncology nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and counselors about your various treatments for breast cancer.

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10 Strange, New Suspects That Could Cause Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer & Environment

About 12 percent of U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. Increasingly, researchers are pointing out connections between certain environmental chemicals in the home and breast cancer, a difficult task considering that just 7 percent of the 85,000 chemicals in use today have been tested for safety. While there’s not conclusive evidence providing proof that certain chemicals cause breast cancer, there’s certainly evidence prompting cause for concern. To protect yourself and your family, try simple household swaps and avoid these 10 breast-cancer-causing suspects.

 

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8 Signs of Breast Cancer

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A malignant tumor that develops from breast cells is called breast cancer. It develops in the inner lining of the milk lobules and can spread to other parts of the body. Most breast cancers are the result of risk factors such as drinking alcohol, female sex, ionizing radiation, obesity, hormone replacement therapy at the time of menstruation, and alike.

It is important for everyone to be aware of symptoms of breast cancer, and at any point of time if an abnormality is discovered, it must be reported to a healthcare professional. Some of the possible warning signs of breast cancer are as follows:

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