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Breast Cancer Awareness

Today’s guest scheduled was Jennifer Haymore, and as many of you may know Jennifer announced on her website yesterday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Our hearts and warm online viagra thoughts go out to Jennifer and her loved ones as she goes through this difficult time.

We thought today would be best spent by offering some basic information to all our Mamas and writers out there.  So we went to the Susan G. Komen website to look for facts to share. We pulled this information from this PDF.

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What you need to know

Can I prevent breast cancer?
The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role. Because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer, there are no sure ways to prevent it. However, there are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine and limiting alcohol intake. For women at higher risk, tamoxifen or raloxifene may be taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Who gets breast cancer?
Anyone can get breast cancer. For example, did you know…

  • the older a woman, the more likely she is to getbreast cancer?
  • white women are more likely to get breast cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group?
  • African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women?
  • men can get breast cancer? Out of every one hundred cases of breast cancer, one will occur in a man.

Am I at risk for breast cancer?

All women are at risk for breast cancer. Known risk factors like having a family history of breast cancer, starting menopause after age 55 or never having children account for only a small number of new breast cancer cases every year. That means that most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors except being a woman and getting older.

Your best defense

The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests are right for you.

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer early. A mammogram can find cancer in its earliest stages, even before a lump can be felt. All women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year. If you are younger than 40 with either a family history of breast cancer or other concerns, talk with your health care provider about when to start getting mammograms or other screening tests, like MRI, and how often to have them.

A clinical breast exam is done by a health care provider who checks your breasts and underarm areas for any lumps or changes. Many women have a clinical breast exam when they get their Pap test. Women should have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 and every year starting at 40. Know what is normal for you.

Breast self-exam (BSE) is a tool that may help you learn what is normal for you. BSE involves two main steps, looking at and feeling your breasts for any change from normal. If you notice any change, see your health care provider right away. At your next appointment, ask your health care provider to show you the steps for BSE. (For step-by-step BSE
instructions, go to www.komen.org/bse.)

Examine Yourself

And as always, every woman should do a self exam.  We found this image on breastline.com.  Click the image to see a larger version.

Talking to Kids About Cancer

In searching for more resources to share, I found a website called breastcancermoms.com that had one of the best descriptions for children of cancer I’ve read yet, so I thought I’d add it to this.   They have a ton of terrific information, including tools, illustrations, tools to share with your children to help them express their feelings.  If you have children who need to know or have questions, here is the perfect resource.

Support By “Grabbing Your Boobs”

Over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Novels, SB Sarah has created a t-shirt for which proceeds go to the Young Survivor Coalition. You can choose the shirt, size, etc, but this is a great way to support. A reader of theirs, Lisa Heermann, has also provided a PDF pathfinder on Cancer Resources for the Innocent Bystander.  Check it out at SB,TN.

The Breast Cancer Site

In her blog, Jennifer Haymore said, “It’s hard to say what the next few months are going to be like for me. But there are a few things I do know: I’m going to keep writing books. I’m going to keep reading and supporting my fellow authors. Most of all, I’m going to watch my three young kids grow up, and someday I will know my grandchildren.”

That amazing courage and strength deserves to be honored, along with every woman who has faced cancer. We couldn’t think of a better way than The Pink Glove Dance video:

Comments

  1. Courageous, to say the least. My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer and I hope she’ll visit in the near future. Thanks for posting this, Jeannie. And I loved the video!

  2. Jeannie~
    Thanks so much for all the great info. While I’ve heard of the Pink Glove dance video, I never checked it out before, mostly b/c I didn’t want to cry. So, this time I did watch it, I did cry, and am sending even more, extra powerful warrior-woman vibes to Jennifer Haymore and much love to her family.

  3. Thank you Jeannie for posting this! I too cried when I watched the video. What a great dance and the pink gloves are awesome. Sending lots of prayers and hugs to Jennifer and her family. She’s so courageous and her outlook is so positive! I’m sure she’ll get through this!

  4. My heart goes out to Jennifer and her family. My huband’s sister is fighting the same battle. Jennifer’s statement that she will survive for her kids is a powerful, powerful inner healer – you go girl!

    One thing I want to say to Jennifer is add turmeric to your diet immediately. There is all kinds of research being done on the spice and Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a 30 minute special on it. He flew to India and stood in the market place discussing the herb and its ability to kill cancer cells. It needs to be taken with either curry, pepper or olive oil, not just the capsules. There is a terrific amount of research going on in Germany and at John Hopkins in the U.S. I’m sure she will receive all kinds of advice on what to eat and not to eat, and I don’t want to preach, but if it will help…

  5. As Breast cancer is spreading very quickly and our children don’t even know about it. The best way to educated children is through comic books so that they can find it exciting.
    There are many diseases which are spreading very fast, parents and children are not well informed or educated about these diseases. I have come through a non profitable organization whose purpose is to spread information about various diseases and they are doing it through comic books which is an interesting way. I strongly recommend you guys must see that.

    http://www.kidzcomics.com/medical-graphic-novels-and-books-explaining-diseases-to-kids/medikidz-explain-breast-cancer.html

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