As the month of October comes to a close... that doesn't mean that the fight for Breast Cancer is over, or in raising awareness about it. This month highlights the ongoing fight, but this battle takes place daily all year round. Me and my fellow Influencers Farrah Estrella and Nadia Peña got together to show our support of the "Girls"!!!
So many of us have been touched by someone we know and love by Breast Cancer. It has become far to common a conversation that can vary from self-examinations; to finding a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple, and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast; to being actually diagnosed. A health scare is nerve wrecking experience that you are never emotionally prepared for. The results will either be a benign tumor which means that a tumor that is not a cancerous, or a malignant tumor which means that the mass is cancerous.
I don't want to get to deep... because this is an emotional topic for many people, BUT, I will not turn a blind eye to it. This is an important conversation that we should all be having because even with treatment, there still isn't any guarantee that you can beat it. There are more than 200,000 patients diagnosed with this disease in the United States of America per year. Breast Cancer can occur in women and rarely in men. That's right... even in men. Getting tested is important, and treatment options are dependent upon on the stage of Cancer. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start Annual Breast Cancer Screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening. The test takes about 20 minutes and some people may feel slight pain or discomfort. I myself have done this test, and for less than 3 minutes per breast it was totally worth the slight discomfort.
Early detection can make all the difference in treatment options for saving your life. Film-screen mammography creates a photographic film, while digital mammography creates digital images. Both methods use the same procedure for taking the image. The person having the mammogram will place their breast between two clear plates, which will squeeze it between them to hold it in place. This flattens the breast for a better image and stops the image from blurring. The test takes about 20 minutes and some people may feel slight pain or discomfort. I myself have done this test and for less than 3 minutes per breast it was totally worth the slight discomfort.
You only get one body... let's all do our best in trying to take care of what we've got, and lend a hand to those who need our Hope. Together we Fight to find a Cure. If you want to show your support of the cause... shop the look and pick-up a shirt that best fits your personal style. If you're interested in learning more about Breast Cancer be sure to check out the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They are making amazing strides towards ending Breast Cancer forever.
If you want to make a donation for Breast Cancer Research or the cause in general, be sure to identify a charity / 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in good standings that meets your personal gift giving needs.