Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's October and that means more than football, fall and pumpkin spice lattes.

It's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Next time you are in line picking up your kids, or at church or out to dinner with your friends, think about this statistic and look around. It's sobering.

Get your Mammograms. 
More importantly, do your self-exams.

The mammogram didn't catch my Mom's. 
Even the ultrasound didn't see it until she pin-pointed it's location.
She is the one who found it and then was the advocate for herself.

Don't think you are exempt because of age or no family history or health.
Cancer does not discriminate or make exceptions.

Here is a list of some known risk factors but remember...this doesn't mean that if you have none of these are are safe!

• being a woman
• getting older
• having an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or 
BRCA2 breast cancer gene
• lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
• a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
• a family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer 
• having high breast density on a mammogram
• having a previous biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia
• starting menopause after age 55
• never having children
• having your first child after age 35
• radiation exposure, frequent X-rays in youth
• high bone density

being overweight after menopause or gaining weight 
as an adult

Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, but 
appears to protect against breast cancer before menopause.
In postmenopausal women, circulating estrogen is primarily 
produced in fat tissue. Thus, having more fat tissue increases 
estrogen levels and the likelihood of developing breast cancer

• postmenopausal hormone use (current or recent use) 
of estrogen or estrogen plus progestin

Linda (left) My Mama (right)


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