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Saturday, October 1, 2011

~ BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ~....

Hello Ladies!

As many of you may be aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Last month or so I shared my story here  http://aunaturale007.blogspot.com/2010/10/breast-cancer-awarness.html which lead me to being a advocate for all types of cancer, especially cancers that affect women.  Cancer of all types has effected me in my 41 years of living , as you will read by clicking the link above.  I can not express enough the importance of breast cancer awareness.  As stated once before breast cancer awareness is to be every single month and every day of the year, for the rest of our lives, god willing.  As long as my lord allows I will continue to support breast cancer awareness in any way my creator allows.  Ladies, if your at the age to get mammograms and self exams please do your self a huge favor and do so, immediately.

If you haven't reached that age or haven't any health concerns which will prompt you to start mammograms early , like I had to ( per my doctor).  Please...please...please do your self exams regularly.  REMEMBER EARLY DETECTION IS KEY, AND SAVES LIVES!  Below I will share a bit on Breast cancer, as well as post the link for you ladies to view for yourselves.

BREAST CANCER INFORMATION

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

If you're worried about developing breast cancer, or if you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease, one way to deal with your concerns is to get as much information as possible. In this section you'll find important background information about what breast cancer is and how it develops.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Although African-American women have a slightly lower incidence of breast cancer after age 40 than Caucasian women, they have a slightly higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40. However, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. Breast cancer is much less common in males; by comparison, the disease is about 100 times more common among women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,910 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among men in the United States in 2009.

PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO READ FURTHER http://nbcam.org/disease_breast_cancer.cfm

Ladies, for you that need to get your very first mammogram, and may be uncomfortable or afraid.  Please don't be, take your spouse, your sister, your mother , your best friend.....take someone for that extra support if needed....BUT, PLEASE JUST GO!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by ladies, and remember gather up few women you may know, and you all make a day of it.... have lunch..... and have your mammogram!

TAKE CARE!:0)

6 comments:

ChocolateOrchid said...

How did I miss that previous post?! Had no idea. I count myself fortunate and blessed to know you.
My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I also have an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor. My late husband actually died from a rare form of cancer, so I completely feel you. I am certainly an advocate of being screened.

zainab1 said...

@Chocolate Orchid....Awww, CO thank you as I feel the very same way about knowing you :0)

yES, cancer is nothing to be played with, as you stated you know first hand how serious it is. I had a scare , but thanks to my creator I am doing really well, my doctors are very impressed as to how well i am doing. i thank god my tumor was caught when it was before it turned in to full blown cancer. you have no Idea how thank full I am!. That was a very scary time for myself and my family.

We must stay on top of our breast self exams and or mammograms!

Thanks for stopping by CO, take care :0)

Coilybella said...

I missed your first post!
Thanks for spreading the word about cancer awareness.We have to be regularly screened , and men too!!

zainab1 said...

@Coilybella..you are quite welcome , it's very important. And your right...men too.

Thanks for stopping by , tinuke take care :0)

nappy headed black girl said...

Thanks for sharing your story and promoting awareness.

I read somewhere that people of color are more likely to be diagnosed in later stages. Early detection is key for us.

zainab1 said...

@Nappy headed black girl...thanks for reading it!...really, Early detection is key, thats why we must stay on top of our self exams, and or mammograms.

thanks for stopping by Kay, take care