Friendly reminder to schedule or to remind a loved one to schedule…
- The CDC says that Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women age 40 and above, followed by stroke, lung cancer, and lung diseases. Breast cancer is the fifth leading cause of death.
- In 2006 (the latest year for which statistics are available), 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,820 women died from the disease.
- When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels.
- Symptoms may include—
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
Women should have mammograms every two years from age 50 to 74 years. Talk to your health professional if you have any symptoms or changes in your breast, or if breast cancer runs in your family. He or she may recommend that you have mammograms before age 50 or more often than usual.
Tips for getting a mammogram—
- Try not to have your mammogram the week before you get your period or during your period. Your breasts may be tender or swollen then.
- On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant, perfume, or powder. These products can show up as white spots on the X-ray.
- Some women prefer to wear a top with a skirt or pants, instead of a dress. You will need to undress from your waist up for the mammogram.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for more information:
- Breast cancer information from the NCI.
- October 22, 2010, was also National Mammography Day.
Saturday 9: I’m So Proud
1. What are you proud of? Getting this thing posted…
2. What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize? How did you win it?
Recently, I did some online survey and won a $100 prepaid AmEx.
3. Tell us about something you’ve done that in retrospect was a waste of time.
4. How old were you when life changed the most for you? How did it change?
Within the last year losing my parents.
5. Tell us about a place you that you’ve been that you considered to be very tranquil.
My backyard. I have a fabulous garden.
6. Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?
Robin Meade. Geeez…I don’t know. Guess she isn’t stupid and she has a sense of humor.
7. If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it? Why?
Shopper’s Paradise. It’s kinda obvious.
8. What is something about which you’ve always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?
What happens to old rabbits and birds and other animals.
9. When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland?
Lay off the Coke Zero’s after noon.