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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Discussion in 'Balboa Park' started by Deb, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Deb

    Deb BoltTalker

    Jul 10, 2007
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    This year, an estimated 182,460 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.

    So take a minute this October and remember those who have lost the fight....and those still fighting for their lives. Wives, girlfriends, Moms, friends.....

    Ladies...this one of those things we force ourselves to do and put off...

    Guys...if you love someone, care about them...encourage them to stay ahead of the game and get regular exams

    Risk Factors:

    Anything that increases a person's chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Studies have found that race, social status, income, education and access to screening and treatment services may affect a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Some of these risk factors for breast cancer are as follows:
    • Age – Breast cancer is more likely to develop as one grows older.
    • Menstruation onset – A woman's risk of developing breast cancer may be higher if her first period began when she was under the age of 12.
    • Delay of first pregnancy – A woman who delays starting a family until she is in her mid-30's or older is at an increased risk.
    • History of breast cancer – A previous case of having breast cancer may increase chances for it to return (a recurrence).
    • Family history – The likelihood of developing breast cancer increases if your mother or sister had breast cancer, especially if at an early age.
    • Radiation therapy – Radiation therapy to the chest, given more than 10 years ago, especially in women younger than 30 years old, may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.
    • Other breast diseases – A previous breast biopsy specimen showing certain types of benign breast conditions may indicate a higher risk of developing breast cancer. For most women, ordinary "lumpiness" of the breast tissues does not increase their risk.
    Breast cancer facts
    • The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the breast ducts. Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules of the breast is called lobular carcinoma and is more often found in both breasts than other types of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms include a warm, red and swollen breast, though this type of cancer is uncommon.
    • A yearly mammogram after age 40 is recommended and monthly breast self exams should be done starting at age 18.
    • Scientists are looking for drugs that may prevent the development of breast cancer in high-risk women. One study, called STAR (Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene), is the largest ongoing clinical trial of its kind comparing two drugs to determine which one may lower the risk of developing breast cancer.
    You can go PINK and have your website posted here. LINK

    from the author of Pink for October
  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Alla y'all Lovely Ladies take heed and take care of yourselves and each other.

    We here at BT love alla y'all!! :yes: :tup: :icon_toast: :flag:
  3. sdchrger

    sdchrger Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2005
    Save the ta ta's. :tup:
  4. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    We've got a very good friend going though this battle right now. It's brutal.

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006

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