Thursday, October 6, 2016

BRALESS THURSDAY - TAKE OFF YOUR BRA: OCTOBER Is NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!!!

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GOOD THURSDAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frenemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folks of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations who are BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, SOLDIERS, FAMILY SUPPORTERS, and FALLEN ANGELS!!!

If you follow CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! on the regular, then YOU DO KNOW that each year, WE DO actively participate in the acknowledgement, honoring, and commemoration of the month of OCTOBER as NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH (NBCAM), or; for many, simply BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.

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WHAT Is BREAST CANCER???


Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. 
Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. 
Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers). Some start in the glands that make breast milk.
A small number of cancers start in other tissues in the breast. 
Although many types of breast cancer can cause a lump in the breast, not all do. There are other symptoms of breast cancer you should watch out for and report to a health care provider. 
It’s also important to understand that most breast lumps are not cancer, they are benign. Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life threatening. But some benign breast lumps can increase a woman's risk of getting breast cancer. 
CHANGES In HOW Your BREAST Or NIPPLE FEELS
  • Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
  • A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast  (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
  • A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
CHANGES In HOW Your BREAST Or NIPPLE LOOKS:
  • Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling anywhere on the breast
  • Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  • Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
  • Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
  • Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
  • Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange
NIPPLE DISCHARGE - CLEAR Or BLOODY:

It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.


WHAT Are SOME RISK FACTORS For BREAST CANCER???


  • Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.
  • Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age.
  • A personal history of breast cancer. If you've had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
  • A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most common gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don't make cancer inevitable.
  • Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.
  • Obesity. Being obese increases your risk of breast cancer.
  • Beginning your period at a younger age. Beginning your period before age 12 increases your risk of breast cancer.
  • Beginning menopause at an older age. If you began menopause at an older age, you're more likely to develop breast cancer.
  • Having your first child at an older age. Women who give birth to their first child after age 30 may have an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Having never been pregnant. Women who have never been pregnant have a greater risk of breast cancer than do women who have had one or more pregnancies.
  • Postmenopausal hormone therapy. Women who take hormone therapy medications that combine estrogen and progesterone to treat the signs and symptoms of menopause have an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer decreases when women stop taking these medications.
  • Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.
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CAN YOU REDUCE Your RISK For BREAST CANCER???


  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week).
  • Research shows that lack of nighttime sleep can be a risk factor.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer (carcinogens) and chemicals that interfere with the normal function of the body.
  • Limit exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and PET scans if not medically necessary.
  • If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
  • Breastfeed any children you may have, if possible.
  • Staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer, and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs
LADIES;

ABOVE ALL; if you notice anything unusual about your BREASTS, NIPPLES, or, LYMPH NODE area, make it a point to contact your physician.

TAKE OFF Your BRA, LOOK At YOUR BREASTS, TOUCH Your BREASTS, And TAKE CARE Of YOURSELVES!!!

PEACE, LOVE, And BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL BRALESS THURSDAY BLESSINGS;

-CCG


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