Everywhere we look right now, everything is PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness. I have been lucky in that my family has not been personally affected by breast cancer, but I have stood by many friends who have had to face this terrifying journey. This moving video from St. Agnes Breast Center is the story of one family’s experience and it shows the perspective of each person affected by the cancer of their loved one.
We all know we should be practicing monthly self breast exams and getting regular mammograms, right? In addition, we need to take good care of our bodies. Good nutrition is obviously important for all of us, but even more important when we consider our long-term health and longevity! To help keep ourselves healthy, St. Agnes is giving away a Vitamix mixer – please enter below.
Here is more information about breast cancer from St. Agnes:
THE FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
- The American Cancer Society estimates that last year, more than 232,340 women were diagnosed with breast cancer
- Family history and age are both factors with breast cancer
- Incidence and death rates generally increasing with age
How to Take Control:
- age 20-34: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years
- age 35-39: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years; get baseline mammogram for reference
- age 40+: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained
professional yearly; get mammogram yearly
- all ages: Patients with immediate relatives who have had breast cancer should get mammograms every 6
months, as family history is a common risk factor
Sources: American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts and Figures and BreastCancer.org