We all know someone who has cancer, or who had it at one time. We all know how devastating it can be. According to www.breastcancerawareness.com, 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 85% of those diagnosed will have NO family history of cancer. Know your risk factors-hormone replacement therapy, lack of exercise, a high fat diet, smoking, and drinking alcohol all increase your risk you developing breast cancer, as well as having a mother or sister who has been diagnosed. Breastfeeding, especially for longer than a year, reduces the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
On top of monthly self exams, the CDC recommends women age 50-74 get a mammogram every two years. A mammogram can sometimes detect cancer up to three years before a lump can be felt. During monthly exams, things to look for are any type of pain in the breast, a lump in the breast or underarm, dimpling of the breast skin, and any type of discharge from the nipple. The discovery of any of these warrants a call to your doctor. They key to survival is definitely early detection.
Support breast cancer awareness. It doesn’t have to be monetarily. Instead of Goodwill, you could donate unwanted items or your time to the American Cancer Society or you could walk in the Susan G Komen 3 day. Even in my small town, every year I hear of at least 3 different Relay For Life events. You could donate baked goods or items you’ve crafted to teams who offer auctions at Relay For Life. Every little bit helps.
Every 2 minutes, there’s another breast cancer diagnosis. Every 14 minutes, someone dies from breast cancer. That means, in the time it took me to write this blog, 15 people were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 2 people passed away from this terrible disease. It could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, your husband. It could be you.