Melissa Etheridge

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Melissa Etheridge

Biography:
A proud mother, sister and singer-songwriter. Melissa Etheridge has been through a lot throughtout her life. She was born on May 29th 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas. She lived with her mother, father and sister in home that showed little support, describing it as very lonely. Which is why music was her getaway. She started taking lessons at a very young age and began song writing. Etheridge's songs came from her heart, mostly about pain, love and abandonment. At age eighteen she moved to Boston and attented Berklee college of music. She started making a career out of it earning money for playing. She did not like school though and she dropped out after just one year. Although Boston gave her great opportunities she wanted to start over again in Los Angeles. There she founded a place in a local club to play five nights a week. She then started to write for a record company while taking a break from singing. In 1988 she was nominated for a grammy for her first major hit "Bring me some Water" from the album Melissa Etheridge. In 1989 she went on the road after her album Brave and Crazy didn't make the charts. After her idol Bruce Springsteen helped her build up her fans she released her third single Never Enough following that was her fourth record Yes I am. That album had produced two tremendous hits. While her music was on a roll she also felt an emotional connection with her music and fell in love with Julie Cypher. She was worried that being gay would affect her musical career and she waited about coming out. But she eventually came out at a ball for President Clinton. After she announced she was a lesbian in front of thousands of people she felt that of relief. And after the fact her music and family went uphill. She wrote and recorded many more songs and Julie Cypher gave birth to two children. Many had wondered who was the biological father of these two children. The couple had finally announced that David Crosby was the biological father. Soon after they had announced their breakup and later after Melissa Etheridge was seen with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. She gave birth to three children. As her music improved her life took a turn for the worst when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Melissa Etheridge made a full recovery but the strength it took to get there was incredible.

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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a cancer that occurs in the tissue of the breast. It can occur in both men and women but most likey in women. Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will encounter breast cancer throughout their life. Possible causes for this disease include age or gender, family history, genes, alcohol use, childbirth, menstrual cycle, and radiation. Many people may think that breast implants or wearing certain types of bras put you at risk for breast cancer but their is no evidence that shows this. Usually if you catch this type of cancer early there aren't many symptoms but if you do it would be a lump in the breast or somewhere under your armpit that feels hard or change in size, shape or feel of the breast or nipple. Some symptoms of advanced breast cancer include bone pain, breast pain or discomfort, swelling of one arm, and weight loss. Their are many treatments that can be done to help remove this disease. These include chemotherapy, which is a medicine to kill cancer cells. There is also radiation therapy, which destroys the cancer tissue and finally there is surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. All of these treatments depend on what stage you are in your cancer and what exact type you have. People who encounter breast cancer have much hope. Melissa Etheridge is one to say that she has fought breast cancer and has been in remission for many years now. Yet this type of cancer does kill many, a lot also survive and live their life to the fullest after they face the awful experience.

Epidemiology

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In 2010 their have been a significant amount of new cases and deaths...
New cases: 207,090 (female); 1,970 (male)
Deaths: 39,840 (female); 390 (male)
Statistics
  • 1 out of every 8 American women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 35 to 50
  • 250,000 US women living with the disease are under the age of 40
  • 8 out of 9 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease
  • 70% of women who develop breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors
  • graph_breast.jpgWhite (non-Hispanic) women are more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. However, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women
  • Older women are much more likely to get breast cancer than younger women
  • From 2003-2007, the median age for a breast cancer diagnosis was 61 years of age
  • 2003-2007, approximately 1.9% were diagnosed between 20-34 years of age, 10.5% between 35-44 years of age, and 22.6% between 45-54 years of age







Revisit to Melissa Etheridge


As Melissa Etheridge struggled on her journey through cancer, she recieved a great amount of treatment that helped her to reach remission. She went through chemotherapy and appeared at the 2005 grammy awards bald. She doesn't really have any risk factors that could have cause this disease. She was perfectly healthy but things like this can just happen. She doesn't really fund for the disease but she was honored by the Industry Foundation Womens Cancer Research Fund. She is a great women and continues to support breast cancer until this day.



Melissa talks about her Journey! Watch this video to learn more!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=981715n&tag=related;photovideo









http://www.biography.com/articles/Melissa-Etheridge-9542649
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast
http://www.neomatrix.com/breast-cancer-statistics.aspx
http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/know/analyses-factsheets--other/#error
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001911/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast
http://www.cancer-health.info/melissa-etheridge-honored-by-womens-cancer-research-fund/
http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/2020/what-if-we-fail.html#error