Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and people who are very dear to me have been diagnosed with this terrible disease in the past, I just thought I would share some good news. A family member just got a clean bill of health today after undergoing numerous tests including an ultrasound guided biopsy to rule out breast cancer. Getting a clean bill of health from the doctor couldn't have meant more to her, since our grandmother, aunts, and cousins have been affected by breast cancer too. Each year millions of women are affected with this terrible disease. One women is diagnosed every 69 seconds in the U.S. according to the American Cancer Society.
Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death in women ages 34-44. Men can get this disease also. Each month do regular breast exams, do them while your in the shower if it will make it easier for you to remember. If you feel something unusual, and have a concern, then talk with your doctor who might have you undergo some procedures to rule out anything abnormal. Normally when a women reaches 40, she will have her first baseline mammogram, unless you have a history of breast cancer in your family, then you would need this earlier. Do not be afraid! It is nothing to be afraid of! I would rather take 15 minutes out of one day in a year to have a mammogram, then to not have one, and be diagnosed with breast cancer, which happened to a sister in law of mine, and by the time she was diagnosed it was already stage 3, and she had to undergo a rigorous, grueling treatment plan. Happy to say that it's been about 6 years, and she is cancer free thank god.
If you do not have insurance there is no need to worry. Alot of hospitals have programs where you could get it done free if you have no income, or go by a sliding scale if you have little income. Too many people close to me have been affected by this disease, so please don't take it for granted. DO monthly self checks, have a baseline mammogram at the appropriate age at which your doctor will recommend, and do this yearly when it's time. Check out Susan G. Komen Foundation and the great tips on the website related to breast cancer, and if you have a few spare dollars you could donate to the foundation , and hopefully there will be a cure in the near future. Thanks for stopping by @Sarafan2, and I wish each and every one of you good health and good fortune!
Until next time,