An Awareness of Breast Cancer

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Many things arrive in October:  Playoff baseball begins in a few weeks and Halloween is just around the corner with pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons. College football and the NFL are in full swing and Hockey has officially started.  October is also important for the Awareness of Breast Cancer.

Each year for the past 25 years another important event has occurred in October. This months is dedicated for Breast Cancer Awareness, also called “NBCAM”.

This organization or partnership is evident in medical, business, and other public sectors. The goal is to promote awareness and increase the desire for women both old and young to discuss this disease, learn about prevention, and to gain greater access to screening opportunities.

Mammograms and provider breast exams will be done in full force in the coming month. Probably more so than any other month of the year.

Several Breast Cancer issues are currently at the forefront of discussions!!

Such topics include:

–  The use and benefit of mammograms
–  Causes of Breast Cancer
–  The importance of self breast exams
–  The role of Obesity in Breast Cancer
–  Surviving after Breast Cancer

Several walks and runs can be found to promote and remember the Awareness of Breast Cancer.

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Back in 2009 – over 190,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. And that number continues to increase. And around 40,000+ women are expected to die this year alone.

Currently mammograms are recommended by the National Cancer Institute for women over the age 40 to be done every 2 years

Some women will have an increased risk of breast cancer and may need to begin screening prior to age 40

Many breast cancer or breast concerns are found on self-breast exams

Some racial disparities do exist. White women are more often diagnosed with breast cancer while Black women have a higher mortality rate than other racial or ethnic groups.

This years goals should be to improve awareness of the importance of self Breast exams and access to screening opportunities for all.

Some argue that self breast exams are optional – tell us what you think.

Learn more here – Should self breast exams be taught as something optional?

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What you can do?

–  Remember a family member or friend who is going through or has gone through this disease
–  Go for a walk – participate in a sponsored cancer walk
–  Start your own self breast exams
–  Make an appointment for a mammogram
–  Improve your diet and increase exercise

 

For further information – check out the following websites:

 

1.)  Find a Breast Cancer T-shirt at the following:

http://hopedreams.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/october-breast-cancer-awareness-month-t-shirts-wear-your-support/

 

2.)  Get a Free Mammogram:

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2

http://www.nbcam.org
http://ww5.komen.org
http://www.sonyinsider.com/2009/09/25/sony-electronics-supports-breast-cancer-awareness-month
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Breast-Cancer-Awareness-Month

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  1. JPFRANK says:

    I agree that prevention, especially in light of the fact that no real cure exists for metastisis, is a good thing to do and many lives have probably been saved because of it. I believe that breast cancer cure rates are so high because the prevention efforts that have been enacted have led to the early detection and treatment of breast cancers. With all cancers, it’s all about early detection and treatment. More than any other factor, the stage of the cancer at the time of diagnosis is the most reliable predictor for treatment success.
    What makes some of these aeareness campaigns uncomfortable to many patients is 1) awareness efforts are delivered with a fragmented approach. Money goes to organizations like the ACS but that organization is chartered to help support and cure people with any and all types of cancer. Every group needs considerable attention and funding if a cure is to be found. 2) the main activity of these awareness events seems to be fundraising. Lord knows we need the funds but more trust would ensue if people could see money being put to work as opposed to funding T-shirt companies. and 3) many patients have felt used by the fund raising machines. No one seems to know where all the money goes, besides to pay for shirts and trinkets, none of which directly help the average cancer patient, and last of all, patients realize that very little is being done to find a cure, VS treatment for cancer and we are years away from identifying such a miracle.
    Other than that, awareness makes sense. It has worked to rreduce smoking rates which indirectly effect lower cancer rates. Due to the committment and organizational prowess of many women’s groups, breast cancer awareness has become a part of our national discussion.
    Personally, I’d like to see more written about and more discussions abut how a wide variety of complimentary therapies can lead to an improved quality of life, especaily among those who are suffering.

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    • admin says:

      JB Williams – Thank you for your comment – prevention may be gaining in importance – so far it has been hard to put financial emphysis on something before it happens – especially with regards to medical expenses. Awareness is important as well – knowing that you are at risk and what you can do to either prevent or find out the truth about something is essential. Complimentary therapies are another great place to look!!!

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