Membership & Volunteer
Links for Life is always looking for volunteers or members to become part of our team. If you are interested in joining, please download our form here or contact Links for Life today.
There are two broad categories of breast cancer: noninvasive and invasive. Noninvasive breast cancer, or in situ, is when the cancerous cells remain in a particular section of the breast without spreading to surrounding tissues, ducts or lobules. Invasive breast cancer, or infiltrating, is when cancerous cells break through the normal breast tissue barriers and spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and lymph nodes.
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your doctor or nurse to feel. Studies show that if you are in your forties or older, having mammogram every year could save your life.
Mammograms are quick and easy. You simply stand in front of an x-ray machine. The person who takes the x-rays places your breast between to plastic plates. The plates press your breast and make it flat. This may be uncomfortable for a few seconds, but it helps get a clear picture. You will have x-rays taken of each breast. Click here to view this document for more information.
To find out where you can get a mammogram:
Ask your doctor or nurse
Ask your local health department or clinic
Contact the Links for Life office.
For frequently asked questions, facts and information links about Breast Cancer click to view this presentation.
4382 Phone calls fielded by the office
570 Walk-ins were assisted
163 Mammograms funded
389 Ultrasounds funded
385 Fitted for wigs and head covers
41 Needle Biopsies and one positive diagnoses
23 received bras/prosthesis
303 Women attended the support group
12,070 Educated regarding Breast Health & Links for Life
It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. A Breast Self-Exam is a method for early detection and something you should do monthly in your 20s. Every three years you should have a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) in your 20’s and 30’s and then every year after 40. Also being aware of your family history and talking with your doctor about additional tests is important and is a good way to stay on top of early detection and prevention.
Links for Life Missing Link Wig Boutique CBCC Breast Center Wig Boutique
Monday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday & Wednesday
1706 Chester Avenue, Suite 200 6501 Truxtun Avenue
(661) 322-5601 (661) 616-1643
When you first arrive, our Wig Specialist will talk to you about your current hairstyle, take measurements of your head, and help you choose a wig that you’ll be comfortable wearing.
If you pick a wig we have in stock you will be able to take it home with you that day. If your wig needs to be ordered, we will contact you when it arrives.
Our Wig Specialist will share her knowledge about caring for wigs and will help you understand the best way to care for your wig.
A typical appointment may last up to an hour. Feel free to bring a friend or support person with you!
The Wig Boutique is open by appointment only. Appointments can be made between 10:30am and 3pm.
The downtown Wig Boutique is open on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
The Wig Boutique in the Breast Center at CBCC is open on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If your doctor recommends a wig, we suggest shopping for your wig before beginning treatment. Our Wig Specialists have found that it’s beneficial to understand your current hairstyle when helping you choosing a wig that best fits your overall style.
Any woman experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment can use the Wig Boutique. Currently, our boutique has the resources to provide two (2) wigs per year per person. If you are experiencing hair loss due to other medical conditions, wigs are available to be purchased at our cost.
Our Wig Boutique has chosen to carry only wigs with synthetic hair. It has been our experience that synthetic wigs are easier to care for. Synthetic wigs will maintain their style after washing, while wigs made of real hair need to be styled after each washing.
All Great Clips locations in Bakersfield will cut your clean hair and donate it to a company that makes wigs for patients experiencing hair loss. Your hair must be clean and a minimum of 10 inches long.
Wigs for Kids
Information is available at www.wigsforkids.org or at (440) 333-4433
American Cancer Society