Breast Cancer Awareness – It’s All Important
Beyond the Shock
Breast Cancer Awareness is near and dear to me, you see I am one of the 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer May 2010 and trust me hearing the big "C" word will take your breath away. As an advocate of annual mammograms I was quite familiar with the process it had become rather routine over the years but this exam was different.
Interestingly I knew by the technician's body language before the words were actually spoken. Two spots in the same breast had been identified as possible cancerous tumors. The next couple of months seemed to pass amazingly fast; another mammogram, an ultrasound, needle biopsy, and the MRI to determine the breast cancer stage and tumor size.
I was extremely fortunate as the diagnosis was Invasive Carcinoma, stage 1, tumor size 2 millimeters, and distant metastasis of 0 which all means the tumor was very small and not spreading. The next course of action was a lumpectomy and seven weeks of daily radiation treatments which truly do leave you more fatigued than you might have imagined. Happily no chemotherapy!
I tell you this not to blow my own horn because there are many women out there who have battled Breast Cancer; instead I hope to encourage all women to follow through with annual mammograms. Early detection is vital and trust me, ten minutes of discomfort is worth saving your breasts and possibly your life!
Hearing those words "you have cancer" is shocking and sends you on an emotional roller coaster ride so please make a difference and support Breast Cancer Awareness
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Breast Cancer Fast Facts
- 1 in 8 women will face a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime
- Being female and getting older are the most significant risk factors for getting breast cancer
- Throughout 2012 in the U.S. alone, it is expected that 226,870 new cases in women and 2,190 new cases in men of invasive breast cancer will occur
- Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer causing deaths among women in the U.S
- In the U.S., one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes
- In the U.S., African American women have higher rates of distant stage breast cancer than white women and are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors than white women
- We are making progress! In the U.S. today, there are 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive - the largest group of all cancer survivors
- Please get your Mammogram! In the U.S., about 80-90% of women's breast cancers without symptoms will be detected by mammography
- Only 51.2% of women 40 and older in the U.S. reported having a mammogram in the last year
- *All information gathered from Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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Breast Cancer - What You Need To Know
- 1 in 10 have a family history of Breast Cancer:
Doubled if it was your mother or sister and even higher if it was both your mother and sister
Higher yet if your mother had cancer in both breasts and if she was younger than the age of 40
- Previous occurrence of Breast Cancer
- Never had children
- First menstrual cycle before the age of 11
- Experienced menopause after age 50
- Had hormone replacement therapy for more than 10 years
- Being extremely overweight after menopause
Mammograms - Find 85 to 90 Percent of Breast Cancers
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Mammograms detect 85 to 90 percent of all breast cancers and can find cancers up to 2 years before you or your doctor may feel them.
Remember early detection is critical to your survival and when lumps are found early 80 percent are noncancerous.
Consult with your doctor to know when you should start getting mammograms and how often, it all depends on your age and risk factors.
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When combined with regular mammograms your monthly self-exams can prove very beneficial.
Check out the video just below or the resource link further down for detailed instructions.
Your exam is easy to do and does not take long plus as you become familiar with the feel and complexity of your own breast you will know how to recognize an usual lump or skin change
Breast Self-Exam How To Video
The Positive Side to Battling Breast Cancer:
All the wonderful people you meet along your journey.
The compassion, concern, dedication, and warmth of health professionals and medical staff is overwhelming!
Support Breast Cancer Awareness
Throughout the Year
Find a local Susan G Komen "Race for the Cure" event in your area or some similar event. Not only are you supporting a great cause but you're having fun and getting active as well.
Recently my husband and I took part in the City of Hope "Walk for Hope", an event focused on finding a cure for all women's cancers not just breast cancer. This was our 3rd year of participating and we took our dog along the first two years. A great event!
Wear Pink the year around with a ring, bracelet, pin, backpack, or anything that visually voices support.
Volunteer at a breast cancer support organization such a Susan G Komen or at a local hospital, often there are a number of opportunities.
Become a Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate and write your elected officials asking for Measures and Appropriations to support the poor and low income families who may not have healthcare or cannot afford to pay for mammograms, medicines, or treatment.
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Preventing Breast Cancer
By Watching What You Eat
- Eat your fruits and vegetables! Authorities recommend that 5 to 8 servings a day may reduce your risk of breast cancer
- Select whole grains in rice, pasta, and breads; and limit the amount of red meat you consume
- Be mindful of portion size, eating more of low-calorie, low or no-fat foods
- Prepare your food by baking, broiling, or poaching rather than frying
Breast Cancer Combat Super Foods
Super Foods to Help Stop Breast Cancer
Mushrooms are so much more than pizza toppings, crab-stuffed appetizers, and salad fixings.
The common white button mushroom blocks aromatase, a protein linked to most breast cancers and mushroom extract has been found to slow the growth of tumors.
Ah Blueberries, they have been called the miracle fruit by many due to their abundant health attributes.
Researchers have found that blueberries may help stop the growth of the very aggressive and therapy-resistant triple-negative breast cancer. Blueberry extract reduced tumor size and stopped cancer cells from multiplying.
Pomegranates in their natural form are a bit tedious to eat but well worth the effort.
Researchers have found 6 chemicals that subdue aromatase, a natural body substance that creates estrogen. This is great because approximately 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow.
Grape seed extract in red wine and grape juice has also been found to block aromatase and stop a protein that helps cancer multiple and spread.
Plus it does so while starving tumors and not damaging healthy tissue.
Cinnamon a spice I am sure just about everyone has in their pantry or spice rack.
Researchers found that cinnamon extract restricted a protein that helps tumors find blood supply. Studies are still preliminary so additional evidence may spice up the efforts of cinnamon.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Wear Loud - Wear Proud
The Breast Cancer Awareness Crew Socks are comfortable, well made, and available in 3 sizes but of course you'll want pink.
The Knee Socks are stretchy made of acrylic, nylon, and spandex
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Preventing Breast Cancer
By Getting Physical
- Regular physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer. If you are not very active now consult with your doctor and start out slow
- Moderate intensity aerobic activities such as fast walking, jogging, hiking, or dancing just 30-60 minutes per day may reduce your risk as you become fit and lose weight
- Set yourself up for success by making this time fun. Grab a friend to walk with, buy the Wii Fit Plus and use it daily, put on your ear piece and listen to music, a podcast, or audio book
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