Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Starting to Think Pink

Did you know that being a woman is the number one risk factor for breast cancer?

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known risk factors.

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

I learned these facts from Judy, a speaker from the Karmanos Cancer Institute, who informed us about breast cancer and it's symptoms at a ScrapPink fundraiser last weekend. She was an engaging, fun speaker.

The most important piece of information I came away with was that every woman should be doing monthly breast self exams (BSE) starting at age 20. We cannot rely on our annual visit to our doctor and think he or she will find something if anything is there. If we are doing our BSE monthly, we are more likely to find abnormalities quickly and find the best course of treatment for it, in order to have the greatest chance for survival. We are our best advocate for our health.

Thanks to 50 toes for the heads up on another Pink issue! 5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a pink Dyson! Enter for your chance to win here.

1 comment:

nenners said...

and here i thought by your title that you were gonna say you were pregnant and knew it was a girl! ;)

miss you... hope we can get together sometime soon!