Health & Wellness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 1, 2015

What You Should Know about Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  and the important message is that all women and men should be aware and informed about this disease.

This is a very personal cause for me, as I lost my darling Mother to this horrible disease nearly 30 years ago.  At that time, women were not as informed and in fact, treatment was probably still in ‘trial’ stages.  The long term prospects were not good, although my mother did not give up for 10 years.   She suffered radiation and so much chemo that her hair never grew back.

Now having Breast Cancer is not necessarily a death sentence as it was in previous generations.  However, you need to be aware.Today, we are fortunate to have screening available for Mammograms and Ultrasounds. Genetic testing is also available for those who want to know if they carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.  We are educated to self-check for lumps or changes to our breasts so there are more positive outcomes for those who develop breast cancer.  Breast cancer is highlighted much more in the media and we ourselves are much more open about our bodies than our mothers were.

However, some of us are still complacent and that is why I am writing this post to urge you to be aware and don’t ignore the warning signs.

[bctt tweet=”#Breast Cancer can be conquered if treated early. Don’t forget your #mammogram and check for any changes to your breasts.”]

Did you know….

  • Two out of three women with invasive breast cancer are diagnosed after age 55
  • Men can also develop breast cancer
  • Lack of exercise and leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
  • Poor diet containing saturated fats and little fruit and vegetables can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
  • Being overweight and especially if you have been through menopause can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
  • Drinking alcohol regularly over the recommended levels can increase your chances of Breast Cancer

Just because you find a lump doesn’t mean you have Breast Cancer, however, YOU NEED TO STILL GET IT CHECKED OUT!

[bctt tweet=”Fact: 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with #Breast Cancer in their lifetime”]

The Good News is that Death Rates for Breast Cancer have been declining since the 1990s.

The attached infographic from Bankers Healthcare Group provides Facts, Myths and Information on Breast Cancer.

Download the pdf version here Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

The McGrath Foundation in Australia has some great information on how to check your breasts so click here http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/OurMission/BreastAwareness.aspx

Once you have finished reading my post, I hope you will book in for your Mammogram or at least make a habit of self-checking each month. Why not also remind your mother, sister, girlfriend, daughter to book as well?

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17 Comments

  • Reply Kathleen October 2, 2015 at 16:10

    A great reminder Sue, not something to procrastinate over. I hope everyone on Fridays Blog Booster Party #26 take opportunity to read this and to take notice.
    Kathleen

    • Reply sue October 2, 2015 at 16:37

      No Kathleen we need to be vigilant. Sometimes even I get complacent and I lost Mum to Breast Cancer and Dad to Bowel Cancer. I do get my annual checkups but it is the monthly self check I’m not as careful with.

  • Reply Merry Bevill October 2, 2015 at 16:39

    Thanks for the reminder. We all need to be aware and take care of ourselves and each other. Perhaps some day the medical community will find a cure. Merry

    • Reply sue October 3, 2015 at 09:13

      I hope so Merry although it seems to be taking a long time to find a cure. Thank you for stopping by to comment and glad you found the post helpful. Have a lovely day.

    • Reply sue October 3, 2015 at 09:16

      Yes Merry it seems to be taking forever for a cure but at least we are all more informed these days. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Debbie October 2, 2015 at 17:46

    My mom discovered it in time and was able to have it entirely removed with surgery. But it’s a life changing situation one way or the other.
    Almost 10 years after surgery that she started having pain (those crazy pain that come out of nowhere and hurt really bad).
    It’s scary how many stories we hear every day.
    Thank you for this informative post. #fridayblogbooster

    • Reply sue October 3, 2015 at 08:58

      Yes if you can treat it early the longterm outcomes are very good. I’m glad your mom is okay now. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Wendy October 2, 2015 at 23:44

    I have had so many friends/family fight breast cancer, and I just found out this morning a good friend has been diagnosed. My heart was hurting for her, she was reminding me that my mammogram was way overdue, and then I saw this post. (Wow, I am actually getting a little choked up right now.) So, I guess I will be making that phone call to schedule an appointment today.

    • Reply sue October 3, 2015 at 09:05

      Oh Wendy that is such sad news and I feel your hurt! I’m sure you will be a great support to your good friend in this time of need. Sending my best wishes to you both.

  • Reply Charissa October 4, 2015 at 12:14

    Sorry to hear about your Mother, Sue. Even though they haven’t found the cure yet, the strides which have been made in treating the disease are amazing. Thank you for sharing this reminder to put your health as a priority and thanks for joining the Pinterest Game! http://www.cookwithashoe.com/general/pinterest-game-13a/

    • Reply sue October 5, 2015 at 11:32

      Yes it was a long time ago Charissa but I still miss her. Thanks for the opportunity to link up and enjoy your week!

  • Reply Robyn October 5, 2015 at 13:00

    Thank you for the post Sue. As you know I lost my mum almost 30 years ago too. Although I gave had mammograms annually for some time due to a very strong family history and thought I could handle it if diagnosed, this year I did have a scare and had to wait overnight for results.

    Although it was all clear I remember lying in bed with my husband and thinking to myself that this was what my mum and many other women had gone through… the waiting, though I was fortunate to get the all clear… many don’t. You are right though that awareness has been significantly increased and that prevention and treatment is much more advanced. Regular self examination and medical checks are so important.

    • Reply sue October 5, 2015 at 16:41

      Hi Robyn thank you so much for taking the time to share your personal experience. Although advances have been made it is still confronting and a stressful time while waiting for the results. I’m so glad that you received the all clear. We all still need to be vigilant with our mammograms and self-checks because even then there is no guarantee. Take care and have a lovely week.

  • Reply Kaitlyn October 6, 2015 at 12:32

    My grandma is in Breast Cancer remission, and suffering from alzheimers as well. I pray it does not return and give her more battles to face. Everyone has been affected in some way by breast caner, I’m sure. Thank you for this post!

    • Reply sue October 7, 2015 at 08:10

      Oh Kaitlyn, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma. If it isn’t one thing it is another don’t you think! Sending you all my love and best wishes and thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Jennifer Abel October 11, 2015 at 17:17

    Sue such a important post. So many times we think “it will never happen to me” but the real truth is it just may happen to us. Breast cancer ( and any other cancer) does not discriminate and can rear its ugly head at anytime. Thank you for reminding us all to have our boobs checked and for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom

    • Reply sue October 12, 2015 at 05:00

      Thanks Jennifer. It is so important and even I become complacent about monthly self-checks. These campaigns are a great reminder and fortunately, treatment is improving all the time.

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