6 Important Questions About Breast Cancer, Answered


I just realized that I’m in my early 20s but still don’t know how to do breast self-exams. I should probably be doing them, because my grandmother died of it andbreast cancer is genetic, right? How do I know if I have a lump or if it’s just my breast being not perfectly smooth? And how often should I check, do I have to do it every day or what? What do I do if I find what I think is a lump? Gah — I have so many questions!

A: Breasts are a very special part of the human body. They nourish the next generation, and are a critical part of sex for many people. However, they can also get sick, just like the rest of our body parts. And that usually takes the .

What Puts You At A Greater Risk For Breast Cancer?

Unfortunately, scientists don’t really know why cells decide to throw an unsanctioned party in your breasts. However, there are some risk factors that they have discovered contribute to your chances for getting this disease. Remember that having these doesn’t mean you will develop breast cancer, or alternately that not having them will protect you (in fact, 75 percent of those who get the diseasedon’t have any risk factors that they know of).

That said, know that if you were born with female reproductive organs, you’re significantly more at risk. Currently, approximately one in eightAmericans with female reproductive organs will develop invasive breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die of it. That’s compared to one in 1,000 for those born with male reproductive organs who will get breast cancer.

The older you get, the more likely you are to develop breast cancer. Around two-thirds of people with the disease are over the age of 50. The vast majority of the remaining one-third are over the age of 39.

Finally, if you have a first-degree relative (so a parent, sibling, or child) who has gotten breast cancer, you’retwice as likely to get it yourself. Some gene mutations (of the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes) can cause breast cancer. About one in every 200 humans with breasts has this gene, and these people have a 56 and 85 percent risk of getting breast cancer in their lives.

Can I Prevent It?

The best way to prevent negative outcomes from breast cancer (in other words, serious illness or death) is to catch it early, when it’s easy to treat. For instance, if you catch a cancerous tumor before it spreads, in nine out of ten cases you’re giving yourself at least five more years of life. Your doctor will help you do this through routine mammograms, but you should check yourself too!

Breast self-exams are a great way for you to get to know your breasts. If you become the expert on your own body, you will be able to notice any changes, which you can then report to your doctor to get checked out. By examining yourself routinely (it’s recommended to do so at least once a month), you could literally be saving your own life. By one account, 40 percent of instances of breast cancerare brought to the attention of doctors by the women themselves.

How Do I Examine My Breasts?

There are a few options for how to give yourself a breast self-exam. For all of these, it’s best to do it a few days after you end your period, when your breasts aren’t as tender or lumpy. (Sidenote: If you have breast implants, it can be difficult to feel differences in your breasts. If this is you, ask your doctor to show you how to feel for the edge of your implant, so you can tell the difference between that edge and any changes in your breasts.)

The Mirror Method

If you like checking yourself out, this is a great option for you. The first step of this method is to find a mirror that fits your whole torso. You look great! OK, now put your arms down against your sides and check out your breasts. Then, raise your arms high above your head. Next, put your palms on your hips and push down, so that you’re flexing your chest muscles. Finally, bend forward and check your breasts from the front view. For all of these steps, pay special attention to anydifferences between your two breasts, as well as any changes from the last time you did your exam.

The Lying Down Method

If you’re less of a looker and more of a lounger, you can do your self-exam in bed. Lying down is great because yourbreast tissue spreads out evenly across your body. For this method, you’ll need a pillow. Pick a side to start with, and put your pillow under that shoulder, and put that arm behind your head. Using your opposite hand, push gently on the breast of the side you’ve chosen, moving across your entire breast and armpit. It’s easy to start at the nipple and go out in concentric circles, but really, you can use any design you want as long as you cover the whole area. Also squeeze your nipple to make sure there’s no abnormal discharge. Then do the same for the other side. Make sure to use light, medium, and firm pressure when you do this so that you really feel the whole three-dimensional space of your breast.

The Shower Method

For those of us who like long showers or are super utilitarian, you can do your breast exam in the shower! Some people have found that it’s easier to feel lumps when their skin is wet. For this method, first get in the shower (thanks Captain Obvious) and soap up. Raise one arm above your head and use the other arm to check the breast attached to the raised arms. Like in the lying down method, you’ll want tocheck out the entire surface of your breast and armpit, in whatever design suits your fancy, you unique snowflake you.

What Am I Looking For?

For all of these breast self-exam options, you’re looking for lumps or changes to your breasts. Changes in your nipples can include tenderness; differences in the way they look, like depression (no not sadness, if they are pushed in), and scaly, red, or rashy skin; or if you see any discharge.Changes in your breasts can include lumps; changes in size and shape; any dimples or puckers in your breast skin; pain in any one part of your breast; red, scaly, itchy, or warm skin; or a hard lump or knot in the breast or in your armpit.

When Should I Panic?

Breast cancer (or any cancer really) is definitely really scary, and so any indication that you have it can send you into a full blown freak-out. But it’s important to remember that these are all potential indications of breast cancer, not 100 percent sure signs that you have it. There are a number of different reasons why these symptoms can be happening — for example, hormonal birth control can make your breasts bigger, and your breasts can get sunburned just like the rest of your skin, causing redness.

In fact, most problems you can have in your breasts aren’t caused by breast cancer. If you notice a change in one breast, check the other one. If the same lump is in the same area in the other breast, both breasts are probably fine. And even if you do find a lump, it’s not necessarily cancer. Eight out of every ten lumps found in breasts aren’t cancerous.

Overall, if you do find any change, don’t immediately panic. Go to your doctor to get further tests. She will tell you when to freak out — that’s her job.

The Bottom Line

The truth is, breast cancer is scary. There’s no way around it. But the good news is that you now have the tools you need to catch it early, when it’s waaaay less scary. Self-exams are easy to perform on yourself, and are just as easy to teach someone else. Have a friend (or lover) help you out! And once you do, at yourself on the back (or breast) — you’re supporting your health!




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Rutshelle Guillaume

Biography of Rutshelle Guillaume …
Born in Port-au-Prince on July 28, a family of three children, Rutshelle GUILLAUME is the only daughter of her Father. At the age of five, she began to sing at the church of God of Boulard directed by Pastor Louis DESTINVAL. His passion for music takes him to 19 years, in the group “REL”, a musical formation composed for the most part of young musicians of the National School of … Arts (ENARTS). She was able to meet her husband, Walner O. Registre (Doc wor) band leader of the group Rèl, father of her beloved daughter (Ruth-Warly O. Registre). Rutshelle is one of the most listening and charming women’s voices on the air today. Her opus “KITE M KRIYE” is asked and asked again in the shows to which she is invited to produce. This song, according to her, comes out of the particular to reach the social. Rutshelle, Philosopher of formation, joined the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of the State University of Haiti (U.E.H) in 2008. After completing her studies, she is currently completing her research in order to obtain her degree in philosophy. – Former Professor of Grammar and Philosophy at New Bird College. Rutshelle Guillaume currently works as: Protocol Officer attached to the Kiosk of the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) at TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE International Airport. – During a training on vocal techniques organized by James Germain, Emmeline Michel and Stevenson Théodore at the Fokal in 2011, his performance on stage enabled him to surprise Yole DEROSE, in search of young female talents for his project “Haiti Heart of Women “. She chose to be part of her project. While awaiting the release of her album, she presents to the public the opportunity to discover it in her song titled “KITEM KRIYE” which is video-clip. In addition, Rutshelle had already participated on numerous projects with several artists and musical groups, such as: – Roosevelt SAILLANT, known as BIC Tizon dife: “Mesi ti cheri doudou” a song from his latest album entitled “Kreyòl sings Kreyòl Konpran” . Doc Filah: “Trèv pou amoni”, a song from his album “Akrilik sou twal rezon” – Eunide Edouarin dit (Eud) and Aristor Oberson says (Dad Crazy): “Fòk mwen fete”, a song of their album “Limyè wouj” – Jean Bernard Félicien dit (Hurricane) and Valkency Décembre dit (K-lib): “yon lide”, a song from their album “Knock Out” – Barikad crew , konplèks, bafon plafon “, songs from the album” RED “. To name but a few



Neefah Song

Prior to launching her musical career, Neefah got her start by auditioning for the Brooklyn High School of the Arts; a specialized arts school where she majored in vocal music. In addition, she took Music Theory for she believes reading and writing music should be a very important factor in any musicians training.

Neefah excelled in the program and later attended the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Musical Theater. She also graduated from the Barbizon School of Modeling the same year. Upon both graduations, Neefah began pursuing music full-time.

Stephanie “Neefah” Fontus was born on February 21st in Brooklyn, NY to a Haitian mother and a Haitian and Bahamian father. Her father, a professional bassist didn’t give her much support or encouragement when it came to music and her mother supported his decision because they didn’t want their daughter to make a career in music instead they encouraged her to complete her studies and have a normal and stable life and career. Neefah heeded her parents’ advice however it was in school where she actually found the drive and necessary encouragement that she needed and it came from her music teacher. Through her teaching and mentoring, Neefah finally felt secure enough to pursue her dream in entertainment.

Neefah went on to perform at some very prestigious events and places such as the United Nations, FAME on 42nd Street (Broadway Musical), VH1 Hop Hop Honors where she opened the show, she sang the national anthem at the Yankees’ stadium for the Mets twice to name a few.

With her career looking bright Neefah still felt the need to please her parents and obtain a degree in criminal justice but her heart still remains in music.

Neefah’s musical training and experience may be outside of the Haitian Music Industry’s (HMI) realm, she is no novice to the industry. Neefah’s collaborations include Dola Mizik, Clinton Benoit, Madman JP and Charlot Maitre on lead vocals.

Neefah’s new single entitled “Nobody but you” is officially released and Neefah is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to her album slated for a Summer release.

Written by Cheyna Pierre



Yves Joseph

Yves Joseph

Background vocal

A Native of Petion-Ville, Yves Joseph, better known as Fanfan, is one of the original members of the band. Fanfan started with the band in 1968 playing the congas. In the 80’s, he moved to the front as an additional vocalist in support of Shoubou. The two have formed an impressive singing duo for the last 45 years. Fanfan is, undoubtedly, one of the most important and versatile members of Tabou Combo. Apart from being the band background vocalist, he’s also the band’s manager and main songwriter. Fanfan is a graduate (Cum Laude) from City College with a major in International Relations and a minor in Education. In the Summer of 2000, Fanfan became the first Haitian artist to land an endorsement deal with a major U.S. company when he signed with LATIN PERCUSSION (LP). Fanfan said his most positive experience with Tabou Combo was when the hit single NEW YORK CITY was released. ‘It is a good feeling to hear your songs everywhere you go in Europe, in jukeboxes, major radio stations, and Clubs,’ said Fanfan. ‘The attention you get, the pampering and the fame is unbelievable…’



Yvon Andre

Yvon Andre


It was in 1968 when then fifteen year old percussionist Yvon Andre, known to all as Kapi, became a member of Tabou Combo. Back then the young musician had to sneak out of his family’s home in Petion-Ville to play with the band due to the fact that his parents were determined not to let their son become a musician. However, his love for music was too strong to be stopped. Kapi said he could have become anything, but he chose to be a musician because he loves music. It is that love that has motivated him to stay with Tabou Combo for so many years. Kapi is not just a mere percussionist; he’s also a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Kapi has penned many of Tabou’s hit songs. He has also written most of the band’s Spanish songs including FIESTA and PANAMA QUERIDA. The latter he co-wrote with Fanfan. Kapi said his most memorable moments as a member of Tabou was in 1998 when he traveled to the Ivory Coast to receive a lifetime achievement award on behalf of Tabou Combo, and again when RFO (French radio/television) honored Tabou Combo in Martinique; those, he said, were historical moments.



Tabou Combo


“Rhythm is the essence of Tabou Combo,” says Tabou Combo’s co-founder and ex-drummer Herman Nau. The infectious rhythm of Haiti’s national dance music, Konpa (con-pah), has propelled the country’s preeminent dance band around the world. The 12 members of the band have covered many territories since leaving Haiti and relocating to New York City in 1971. By that time, Tabou had already established itself as Haiti’s number one group, and as the “Ambassadors of Konpa.” Tabou Combo now has worldwide fans and followers from London to Paris, Holland, Switzerland, Japan, South America, throughout the Caribbean and in North America.

It is easy to understand why Tabou Combo’s relentless and high-energy style of Compas dance beat knows no language barrier. Singing in English, Spanish, French or their native Creole, Tabou serves a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world. You will hear a strong dose of the Dominican Republic’s national dance music, meringue. In addition, there is Haiti’s dance-till-you-drop carnival music, rara, the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals. Add to that quadrilles and contra-dances from Haiti’s French colonizers and funk from the American soul era to James Brown for good measure. The mixture of all these influences makes for a serious bass line that brings new meaning to the word bottom; layer upon layer of accents courtesy of drums, percussion and congas; the constant intertwining of two guitars with the feel of West African Soukous topped with bright piano riff and the brassy sound of a 3-man horn section.

Tabou Combo got started in 1968 in Petion-Ville, a town just outside Port-au-Prince, by Albert Chancy and Herman Nau and some friends, all in their teens. They began by naming themselves “Los Incognitos” because they were unknown at that time. They changed to Tabou Combo in 1969, in order to bear a name closer to the Haitian culture. That year, the band won first prize in a televised talent contest, gaining a national reputation in Haiti, and by 1970 it was one of the island’s leading bands. Then the Chancy’s parents stepped in, and Albert, the band’s guitarist, and original, leader was sent to college in Montreal and gave up music. The band dissolved and its members drifted to the United States. Early in 1971, however, an unexpected meeting led to a Tabou reunion with rhythm guitarist Jean-Claude Jean as the leader and the band has been together, with a few changes, ever since.

Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, TABOU COMBO entices the listener to become listener and dancer. Almost four decades after TABOU COMBO’s establishment, the band has audiences dancing everywhere from concert halls to the streets and in nightclubs around the world. Says Fanfan, the band’s background vocalist and main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.”

There is no doubt, the music is made for dancing, but Tabou also features lyrics that focus on social issues of the day. For example, the lyrics from the title cut of the group’s 1991 release ZAP ZAP deal with uplifting the image of Haitian people in the wake of bad press connected to the AIDS epidemic.

It was 1974 when the band captured Europe’s attention with its million-selling hit single NEW YORK CITY. Tabou steadily has been building its international followers ever since. The 1989 release, AUX ANTILLES (The Antilles), topped European and Caribbean charts for six consecutive weeks. AUX ANTILLES also won Best Album for Haitian Dance Music at the 1991 1st Annual Caribbean Music Awards at New York City’s famed Apollo Theater. Tabou’s release, KITEM FE ZAFEM (Let Me Do My Things), was voted among Beat Magazine’s Best of 1988. In 1989, KITEM FE ZAFEM, along with ZAP ZAP were used by the film director Jonathan Demme in his movie MYSTERY DATE. The song JUICY LUCY was chosen by French movie maker Maurice Pialat for his movie POLICE (1985). In 2002, world known guitarist Carlos Santana recorded the song MABOUYA (Foo Foo) on his album SHAMAN.

After traveling around the world with Tabou, Fanfan says he has found that people everywhere are all the same and they all love music. TABOU COMBO seduces the people with rhythm that does not let go. Konpa’s unrelenting dance beat is contagious and there are plenty of witnesses. Many of the thousands of TABOU COMBO fans around the world eagerly will testify… that is if they can stop dancing long enough to talk!





Based out of Hollywood, Florida, Dat7 is a Haitian band with a style deeply rooted in the finest tradition of Compas Direct with Zouk and R&B influences. Dat7 came into existence in late 2014 when former bandmates and longtime friends, Ricot Amazan (conga drums), and Eddy Viau (percussionist), join forces and created the band. They were later joined by Vladimir Alexis (drums), and Olivier Duret (vocalist), to complete the ensemble. Dat7 has created quite a stir since releasing their debut album VERDICT in October of 2015. Having been awarded the “Revelation de L’année 2015” award and the Haitian Academy Award in 2017, Dat7 continues to position itself as one of the most notable new bands, especially for their superb live performances.




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