View Full Version : October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Ronnie
10-08-2004, 09:38 PM
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Message Is Simple Yet Powerful:

"Early Detection Saves Lives"

2004 marks 20 years of progress for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, educating women about breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment.


Get tested, self-test, please!

Lady Wabbit
10-08-2004, 11:05 PM
Early detection CAN and DOES save lives....I am living proof. Long story short, after going to the doctor in June for an infection in a milk gland I underwent a breast biopsy. I was told the biopsy came back benign but had started to crystalize. My doctor told me the next step after crystalization is cancer. So PLEASE...get tested.

Ronnie
10-09-2004, 10:28 AM
Thanks for sharing your story Lady Wabbit. My grandmother died from breast cancer many years ago. Back then testing wasn't routinely performed; but today we have the medical resources available to us to help prevent and treat breast cancer. Even though I am only 37 years old I have a mammogram every 2 years because the family history is present.

BrandNewGirl
10-12-2004, 07:18 PM
I'm a Mammographer, so if anyone has any questions I can answer, please feel free to ask! I've been doing this for almost 10 years.

Nancy

Ronnie
10-05-2005, 01:57 PM
I just wanted to remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Please self test and have a mammogram. Early detection does save lives.

Lillybee
10-05-2005, 07:26 PM
Had my mammogram in June, 2005.

Ronnie
10-07-2005, 08:37 AM
That is great news Lilly!!! I had mine in February, 2005.

Had my mammogram in June, 2005.

BrandNewGirl
10-09-2005, 10:47 AM
Like last year, if anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me about it. I'd be glad to answer--I've already answered a couple through PM's this year.

Hit me up!!

Nance

Ronnie
10-10-2005, 07:22 AM
Thanks Nance! Also if there is any other useful information that you think could be of use to members please post it here for all to see.

Thanks again!

Ronnie
10-10-2005, 07:28 AM
Here are some great links to more information on breast cancer, self-testing and being more aware:

http://www.komen.org/intradoc-cgi/idc_cgi_isapi.dll?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=298

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/CTDSites

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

http://www.nbcam.org/index.cfm

http://www.avoncompany.com/women/avoncrusade/resource_guide.html

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/GI/gi_2.asp

Wife C
10-10-2005, 12:49 PM
Is there an age that you should begin to have a mammogram?

Ronnie
10-10-2005, 07:35 PM
Generally women 40 years and older and women who have a family history should have a mammogram once a year. Women 20 - 39 years old should perform self-test monthly. Check out this link for more info on age and testing.

http://www.komen.org/intradoc-cgi/idc_cgi_isapi.dll?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&ssDocName=EDS3-3-1-1

Is there an age that you should begin to have a mammogram?

BrandNewGirl
10-10-2005, 08:04 PM
Even if you have no family history of breast cancer, all women 40 and older need to have a mammogram yearly. Self-examine monthly, and a yearly clinical breast exam by your physician also needs to be done. Keep in mind, mammography is not 100%, but it IS the best thing we have right now. Mammography can find a breast cancer when it is much smaller than it would be if you were able to feel it.

Any questions about mammography procedures or anything else, and I'll be glad to answer those too.

Nance

BrandNewGirl
10-10-2005, 08:08 PM
Keep in mind too, that the younger you are, in general, the more dense the breast tissue is. Mammography is very rarely performed on women under the age of 35. Sonography is also a good tool if you have a known or suspected lump. It is NOT a screening tool..meaning, if you are asymptomatic, sonography is not useful. Also, remember that sonography cannot detect many of the early signs of breast cancer, such as microcalcifications.

Nance

Wife C
10-10-2005, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the info ladies. I do the self test every month. I'm not 40 yet but have a history of cancer in my family just not breast cancer. My doctor hasn't recomended me having a mammogram yet so I haven't.