Thursday, October 15, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness

Do you know what your risk of breast cancer is?  I thought I did.  Especiallly after people close to me were diagnosed and after talking to my doctor.  But I really didn't until I looked at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website.  I have SEVEN risk factors for cancer!  Don't be like me, mosey on over and take a look at this list.

Currently, women in the U.S. have a "1 in 8," or about 12 percent, lifetime risk of breast cancer. This statistic means that for every 8 American women who live to be age 85, one of them will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.  (Komen Foundation)  As you age, your risk of cancer increases.  Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed this year -- one every two or three minutes -- and more than 40,000 will die of the disease.

I am 42.  My good friend was diagnosed at 41 with breast cancer.  More recently, my sister was diagnosed at 46.  Monthly self-breast exams at any age and annual mammograms beginning at age 40 are so important!  I can't stress enough that the mammogram alone is not sufficient.  My friend's cancer never did show up on the mammogram.  Don't be shy, YOU MUST DO YOUR SELF BREAST EXAM MONTHLY!  

If you can't afford a mammogram, contact one of these agencies for low or no-cost mammograms: your local Komen Affiliate, Health Department, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Prevention (BCCCP) Program, YWCA's Encore Plus Program and the American Cancer Society.

We need to find a cure!  Please help by making a donation to either Komen.Org or The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Every bit helps!

This post is dedicated to my sister, Janet, my friend, Lisa , my numerous cousins and aunts as well as all women who are all survivors of breast cancer and especially to my Aunt Mary and others who have died of breast cancer.


Stuff Smart (formerly Targetmom) said...

Great post!
I hope everyone takes a minute to look at the list you linked. It was very surprising what factors they think increase your risk of breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

Yes,it is so important to do your self exams as well as your mammograms. Thanks for the post.

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