Thursday, June 05, 2008

June is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mariuca's Perfume Gallery hit me with a tag for a really good help spread the word on Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of June. Please join me in helping to convey the importance of regular examination and early detection of breast cancer in order to catch this potentially deadly disease when it first erupts, maximizing the chance of survival and recovery.
Something every woman should know is that you're never too old or too young to develop breast cancer. My mom learned from her annual mammogram that she had breast cancer back in 2004. While she unfortunately required a mastectomy and radiation treatment, she is now cancer-free and turns 83 this year. Regular (monthly) breast self-examination should begin by the age of twenty, and all women over 40 (or in a higher risk category) should have an annual mammogram.

In doing my bit to help spread awareness on the issue of breast cancer to women, here are several facts on breast cancer that everyone should know:

  • The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
  • Risks for breast cancer include family history (mother and sister(s)), atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
  • Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
  • Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
  • Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.

You can help save the lives of many women by spreading the word about The Breast Cancer Site. Please TAG YOURSELF, add the pink button to your blog, and hit the pink button as many times as you can during the month of June. If The Breast Cancer Site receives 8 million clicks on the pink button in June, their premier sponsor -Bare Necessities- will donate $10,000 for more free mammograms. CLICK the pink button today:

The Breast Cancer Site


Spicy Bug said...

This is a really great cause. I'm happy that your mom is fine now. Early detection is the key.

Wally Banners said...

Super Article Roxie!! Am clicking everyday on Button :)

Mariuca said...

Hiya Roxy!! I fell asleep early yesterday so am up early too today. Good thing ur battle is still on, and I'm here to catch some action on ur 3-digit battle as usual! Good luck dear! :)

Thanks for doing the tag Roxy! Such great news that ur mom is completely cancer-free now, she'd make one inspiring role model for cancer patients! :):)

Gratcia said...

I'm in, my family has looong history with cancer.. thank you for this entry, I tagged myself on this.

suzette said...

Thanks for sharing this. Or better to say - thanks for reminding us. Not a new issue, but often gets ignored or forgotten. Including myself. When I was taking my shower last night, this came to my mind - that I have not self examined myself for more than 2 years! :p
Good luck in this round of battle... you know where my vote goes. :)

Mariuca said...

I'm back with MPG Roxy! Have a great night. :)