With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ladies, we have to check ourselves to stay healthy. I have lost two people in the last month to beast cancer. One that was closer to me than the other. Awareness, awareness, awareness is what has been going through my head.
In Shreveport, we had a wonderful turn out for the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure. It was amazing to see survivors walking and running, and to see family and friends walking and running to support them. It brought tears to my eyes, and I was jogging toward the 3-mile mark, and a survivor, with a tutu on, passed me and started encouraging this lady, who looked so tired. It touched my heart, because we were there supporting her and she was helping others.
I have been hearing a lot about early detections. The doctors found a lump on my grandmother’s breast at the end of last year. The main thing the doctors kept saying was that they were glad they found it early. She was able to have surgery and is now cancer free.. They found a lump through her mammogram. That is a low dose x-ray exam of the breast to look for changes that are not normal. I have wanted to get a mammogram done since I know that breast cancer runs in my family. My great grandmother died of it, so I know that it runs in my family. Woman 40 years and older should get a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. If breast cancer runs in your family, make sure you talk with your doctor to see when you should start having a mammogram.
“Checking your own breasts for lumps or other changes is called a breast self-exam (BSE). Studies so far have not shown that BSE alone helps reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer. BSE should not take the place of routine clinical breast exams and mammograms.
If you choose to do BSE, remember that breast changes can occur because of pregnancy, aging, menopause, menstrual cycles, or from taking birth control pills or other hormones. It is normal for breasts to feel a little lumpy and uneven. Also, it is common for breasts to be swollen and tender right before or during a menstrual period. If you notice any unusual changes in your breasts, contact your doctor.”- Woman’s Health.Gov
This is a serious matter. I hope that someone finds a cure for cancer and soon. Too many lives have been lost to cancer and the list is growing. If you know anyone who has cancer, encourage and support them. The simplest words, text, or call could brighten there whole day.