BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Here are some facts about breast cancer sprinkled in with the uplifting and encouraging poetry of Lucinda Berry Hill.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, get a second opinion.  NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, such as City of Hope, have higher rates of survival for breast cancer.

While non-Hispanic white women have higher rates of breast cancer incidence, African-American women have a higher incidence rate before age 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.

a-gift-from-the-pasta-light-in-the-darknessExercise is beneficial to breast cancer survivors. A study found only a third of survivors meet recommended activity levels.

Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at higher risk of having BRCA mutation. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends testing for BRCA mutations for Ashkenazi Jewish women if they have a first-degree relative with breast or ovarian cancer or two second-degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast or ovarian cancer.

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because-i-know-jesusAbout 5-10% of breast cancers can be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

Most breast cancer – about 85 % – occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

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claimed-and-lovedMen can also get breast cancer. About 2,150 are diagnosed annually – or about 1 in 1,000 men.

Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.

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courage-by-graceA woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.

encouragementevery-day-stepsThe American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S.finding-joy god-has-you-in-these-changesWhile much progress has been made in breast cancer treatment and research, more work remains: Breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Overall, cancer deaths are the second most-common cause of death for U.S. women, after heart disease.

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Minimize alcohol intake to control risk. That means one glass of wine, one beer or one hard liquor drink per day. (Drinking seven drinks in one day and none the rest of the week is not OK.)hell-make-it-goodhis-love-is-extra-largeOnly about 42 percent of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery,  according to a recent JAMA Surgery study.i-prayed-for-youin-his-arms

In the 1970s, breast cancer lifetime risk was 1 in 11 – compared to today’s one in eight. The good news is part of the reason is due to longer life expectancy and more detection through screening. Other factors include menopausal hormone use, changes in reproductive patterns and the increased prevalence of obesity.in-his-carekeep-your-chin-up The movement away from one-size-fits all screening doesn’t mean you should skip your mammogram. Talk with your physician to evaluate your personal risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

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lift-with-your-knees Herceptin, a breast cancer “smart drug,” can trace its roots to City of Hope: Scientists here developed engineered human proteins that led to monoclonal antibodies, the basis of multiple cancer drugs.like-a-flower-in-a-field

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The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men and women are at 200 times the risk of developing the disease compared to risk in men.master-of-my-thoughtspray-do-and-waitAccording to the National Institutes for Health, breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis.  Estrogen has a protective effect on bones, and reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.prayer-by-prayerpraying-for-your-peace If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re up to four times more likely to develop a new cancer in the same breast or in the other breast.

Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 have a nearly 4.5-fold increased risk of developing another breast cancer.

right-away-i-prayedvictory-with-my-jesusAnother top risk factor for breast cancer: Simply getting older – 79% of new cases and 88% of deaths occurred in women age 50 and older, according to the American Cancer Society. Just fewer than 11,000 invasive cases occurred in women younger than 40, and just under 49,000 in women under 50. In women ages 50 to 64, invasive breast cancer was even more prevalent with more than 84,000 cases. Women over age 65 accounted for more than 99,000 cases last year.when-no-means-yeswhere-your-beauty-liesWhile the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week is beneficial, Bernstein’s research has found.

With eight out of 10 breast lumps discovered by women themselves, don’t underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam. By becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance, you will be more likely to notice changes should they occur. City of Hope recommends these tips for conducting a breast self-exam.fall-awareness

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Get yearly mammograms!  There is a new technology that provides 3D images available for the first time this year.  That’s good news to those who have had suspicious readings in the past or a history.  The only bad news is, most insurance will not cover the difference in cost, which I was told would be $80.

My friend Christy is a breast cancer survivor!  She, along with family and friends, will walk in the Making Strides event here in Wichita on Saturday, October 22nd.  With her permission, I’m posting the link here and hope you will consider supporting team Christy!  She’s just $25 away from her goal of $100 to support breast cancer research.  🙂

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=35802576&pg=personal&fr_id=77457&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=bfDskFbPfSched

Take a look at her cool shirts!

Here’s the link for the STORE.  That’s right – SHOPPING!!!  Retail therapy – oh yeah, baby!

https://thebreastcancersite.greatergood.com/store

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Thanks to Ardeth Stroh for this cool pink pumpkin!

Happy October – let’s celebrate life with pink pumpkins!  😉

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MAMMOGRAPHY DAY

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Today is MAMMOGRAPHY DAY!  The “what-if’s” are frightening, but it’s important to get the test done so you know where you stand.  The sooner it is found, the better.  Nothing good comes from waiting.  I’ve lost so many friends and family to this awful cancer.  I have yearly screenings and I encourage you to do the same.

Lucinda Berry Hill has written several poems to encourage those who are currently fighting this battle.

A GIFT FROM THE PAST2

WHEN NO MEANS YES

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS2

BECAUSE I KNOW JESUS2

EVERY DAY STEPS

I PRAYED FOR YOU

IN HIS CARE2

PRAYER BY PRAYER

WHERE YOUR BEAUTY LIES2

BEAUTIFUL REBEKAH

CLAIMED AND LOVED

HE'LL MAKE IT GOOD

HE IS FAITHFUL

HIS LOVE IS EXTRA-LARGE

IN HIS ARMS

KEEP YOUR CHIN UP 2

LIFT WITH YOUR KNEES2

LIKE A FLOWER IN A FIELD2

MASTER OF MY THOUGHTS2

RIGHT AWAY I PRAYED

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It’s my prayer that these poems speak peace and courage to your soul today.

For several years I’ve collected Longaberger baskets.  My favorite ones are the HORIZON OF HOPE.  I don’t have very many, but I have displayed them prominently in my home in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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If you like baskets of any kind, maybe you would like to join my new group on facebook called I’M A BASKET CASE!!!  Here’s the direct link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/669536513153216/

After having a mammogram a few years ago, I was contacted and told it was “suspicious” and asked to go back for another one.  I had a few days to sit and think, worry and pray (can you worry and pray at the same time – yes!)  When I got back to the clinic, they explained all of the procedures I’d have to undergo if the second test came back “suspicious”.  The technician explained all about breast biopsy and what to expect.  I was fighting tears – I just kept praying the test would not show anything odd.

I’m so thankful – the second test was not “suspicious” so I got a clean bill of health and was told I could wait a year for the next mammogram.  Thank You, Lord!

If you have not gone in for a mammogram – please GO!  You need to stay on top of your health.  🙂