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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Awareness month: Breast cancer

It is October 2014. It is Down syndrome awareness month and it is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Where do I start????

Lets start with Breast cancer this year, shall we? We all know that breast cancer exists! Every month is breast cancer awareness month. Ever day when I look in the mirror, or take a shower, or glance down, I am reminded how breast cancer has affected not only me, but my entire family. There is no escaping it. But, that doesn't mean I buy into pink.  Some yes, some no. Yes, the pink ribbon has become the symbol for breast cancer, but before you get involved in activities and events promoted by various breast cancer organizations, check out their stats. What percentage of their money raised is actually given to the support of people with breast cancer, or to research for a cure for breast cancer?  How much of the money raised goes into overhead? Just because they have a big name does not make them a good place to put your money. Pink has become a great marketing tool for many organizations and businesses. People think if it's pink, they must be doing good things with that money. Not necessarily true! Do your research, ok? We don't need awareness events, we need research. We don't need "feel good" events, we need research.

Did you know that the survival rate of breast cancer has NOT CHANGED in 20 years???? If the research was being done, this statistic would no longer be true.

 Did you know there are 14 different types of breast cancer?

Did you know that "early detection" of breast cancer is a bit deceiving? Most breast cancers have been there months -or in my case years - before they are actually diagnosed.

Did you know that 76% of women who develop breast cancer have absolutely NO risk factors? All women are at risk!

11% of women diagnosed with breast cancer said pain was symptom. I am one of them. In fact, it was my first symptom. It is pain that lead me to find my lump.

There are approximately 232,670 new cases of breast cancer in women are diagnosed in the US every year, and 2,360 cases of breast cancer in men. Approximately 40,000 women and 430 men in the US die from breast cancer every year. 

While mammograms are helpful in diagnosing breast cancer, the most important thing you can do is know your breasts! Know how they feel and how they look so you are aware of changes when and if they occur. 

2 comments:

Holly @ Everydays a Hollyday said...

Its also dyslexia awareness month.

Leah Spring said...

Holly, yes, october is awareness month for about 20 different social or medical issues. http://www.nellis.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-111213-022.pdf My blog focuses on Down syndrome and Breast cancer because that is what we are living.