Friday, October 22, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month and at work we did a t-shirt fundraiser to raise money to donate toward breast cancer. We were told this morning that we raised a total of $500.00! In celebration we all wore our Strength, Hope, Faith, Courage t-shirts and were treated to Panera Bread breast cancer ribbon bagels.

My co-workers

And the yummy Panera Bread cherry vanilla bagels!

Breast Self-Awareness

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:

1. Know your risk

  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history

  • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk

  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk

  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40

3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening

  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast

  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin

  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple

  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast

  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly

  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Add exercise into your routine

  • Limit alcohol intake


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