Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct. is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Facts about Breast Cancer
  • One of the most common cancer in women in the USA
  • Each year an estimated 200,000 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer and an estimated 40,000 will die. 
  •  Half of the women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 65.
  • Weight is a big risk factor. Physical activity and a healthy diet can reduce your risk of developing it.
  •  Breast cancer in your family can raise your risk.
Create an Early Detection Plan:
 Having an early detection plan is important because finding and detecting it early on can prevent it from spreading to other areas.  When breast cancer is found early on the 5 year survival rate is 98%.

By Age:
  • At 20 years old:
You should  start performing breast self-exams and look for any signs of change
  • Age 20-39
Begin having regular clinical breast exams every three years.
  • 40 years old
You should have a baseline mammogram and an annual clinical breast exam.
  • Ages 40-49
Have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
  • Ages 50 and older
Have a mammogram every year

My stepmother was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast cancer earlier this year.  I just wanted to share the information above with my readers so you can detect it early if it happens to you.
 My father with is save the ta tas t-shirt after a race in Downtown Chicago.
My Dad after a breast cancer walk this month in Chicago. My stepmother's work was so nice they sponsored and had a bunch of shirts made in her name. (He's wearing one of them)

My sister Jessica made this .
This is her in another picture that she made.

Please share this information with family, friends, or loved ones. It is really really important.



  1. Thanks so much for grabbing my Breast Cancer Blog Event's personal to your family too. I wish we didn't have that in common.

    Saying a quick prayer for your stepmother.....and a big hug for sharing this information.

  2. Debra,

    You're welcome...I'm just glad to spread the word. Thank you for your prayers and hugs.


  3. Spread the word but more so please add your funds to help the cause grow....we still need more money in the susan g korman program to help battle breast cancer.


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