13 November 2008

Pink in November

October, the breast cancer awareness month, has come and passed and I haven't posted an entry about something that could possibly affect me.
There were times I fear having breast cancer. It took away my grandma when I was little. I barely had memories of her. I just remembered one moment in her funeral, when I wiped my tears with the hem of my skirt, after I was carried to view her coffin. They say it skips a generation, so I've always thought I would have it in time. Years passed and I would occasionally be haunted with the thought of having my breasts removed. A woman without breasts seem awkward. A few months before, I detected a lump on my left one. I was relieved to hear the doctor say that my twin peaks were just fibrocystic. But I may have to have an ultrasound, which I haven't attended to yet.
Here is my chance at posting an entry on breast cancer. I was tagged by little miss firefly.

* One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.
* Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.
* Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.
* Seventy-seven percent of women with breast cancer are over 50.
* Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.
* Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
* Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
Facts taken from Women’s Health
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Here are the rules for this meme:
1. Put the logo in your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Add your link to the list of participants below
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.
I am tagging anyone who wants to be tagged. He he!
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