Monday, October 14, 2013

OCTOBER Is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!!!


PEACE And GREETINGS;

GOOD MONDAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY Breast Cancer PATIENTS, WARRIORS, SURVIVORS, CAREGIVERS, and SUPPORTERS of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations!!!

Unless you, u, You, U, or even YOU have truly been completely under a rock for the last several years, then YOU do know that the month of OCTOBER is focused on the Commemoration, Dedication, Information, Education, and Celebration of NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

If YOU or a loved one are in need of a place to begin your search for information, the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY is an excellent starting point for your research process on BREAST CANCER INFORMATION and RESOURCES.

Preventing and detecting breast cancer early will help save more lives. Understand the lifestyle factors that may affect your risk of breast cancer and what you can do to stay healthy. Breast exams, mammograms and other screenings increase the chances of detecting breast cancer early, when they are most likely to be curable.

 Information for cancer survivors and their loved ones to them help understand a breast cancer diagnosis, navigate treatment options, learn about the free programs and services the American Cancer Society offers, and explore the latest breast cancer research.

 
Additionally the , BLACK WOMEN'S HEALTH IMPERATIVE offers a plethora of Information, Education, News, and esources for BLACK WOMEN who are  BREAST CANCER Patients, Caregivers, Survivors, and Supporters

Why this is important for Black women
The growing breast cancer disparities that exist between Black women and white women are alarming. Although the overall lifetime risk of breast cancer is lower for Black women compared with white women, the death rates are higher. It is important to note that Black women also have a lower 5 year survival rate at 77% compared to that of 90% for white women. Contrary to prevailing beliefs, younger Black women up to age 44 have a higher incidence of breast cancer than white women, (U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2006 Incidence and Mortality www.cdc.gov/uscs).

What Black women need to know?
Breast cancer tends to appear in Black women at a younger age and in more advanced forms. In fact, Black women are two times more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease which has fewer effective treatment options. Triple-negative breast cancers tend to grow and spread more quickly than most other types of breast cancer. We also are known to have denser breast, one of the strongest predictors of risk for breast cancer and also is a known factor limiting the sensitivity of a screening mammogram.  Mammograms of breasts with higher density have been described as harder to read and interpret than those of less dense breasts.  A small cancer can be concealed by dense breast tissue or by the overlap of normal breast structures.

Many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms.  That is why it is so crucial to get screened before symptoms have a chance to appear.   However, the most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. For this reason, it is important that you have any new breast mass or lump checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases
 
PEACE, LOVE, And BLESSINGS to ALL of You in Your JOURNEY, STRUGGLE, And VICTORY;
 
-CCG
 

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