woensdag 14 oktober 2009

Pink Ribbon: October Breast Cancer Awareness

Wuzzyangel is spreading the word about breast cancer so i'm joining her! She and some of her relatives are surivors from the disease and I think people should know some facts and figures about it. To be honest I don't know much about breast cancer but I do know how to check myself. As i'm young(21) I'm not checking that often. But is it true that you can't get breast cancer when you are younger? Don't know so i'm going to find out now and share the information of course:)

- Men don't have boobies but they can have breast cancer (but mostly women)
- Starting from the age 30 breast cancer is the most frequent among other cancers.
-Woman who work out have 20% till 40% less risk of getting it! (note to myself: another reason to work out)
-If all woman worked out frequently it reduces 1000-1500 patients every year!
-5% of the new patients getting breast cancer has inherit it
-95% get the disease from other factors like: lack of excercise, too much alcohol, early period and late menopause, not giving birth or giving birth at on older age and obesity. 

Chart of 100.000 new women getting breast cancer each year:

(Seems like asians have a lower risk of getting it? Hmm maybe because of different eating habits?)

I found a nice website that explains how to check yourself  with pictures!:)

How do I check for lumps?

Start by standing in front of a mirror. Look at your breasts with your arms at your side, with your arms raised behind your head, and with your arms on your hips and your chest muscles flexed.

Examination in front of mirror
Next, lie down with a pillow under your left shoulder. Put your left hand behind your head and feel your left breast with the pads of the 3 middle fingers on your right hand. Start at the outer edge and work around your breast in small circles, getting closer to your nipple with each circle. After you've finished checking your breast, squeeze your nipple gently and look for discharge (fluid coming out of the nipple).

Examination lying down
Do the same thing to your right breast with a pillow under your right shoulder.

Pattern of examination
Be sure to include the area up to your collarbone and out to your armpit. You have lymph nodes in this area. Cancer can spread to lymph node tissue.

Lymph nodes


 So start checking everyone! Finding out early increases the chance of  winning the war against the disease! And do your exercise haha i'll try to do mine...:p

4 opmerkingen:

Shop N' Chomp zei

What a great cause. :)

wuzzyangel zei

Thank you so much for entering! :)

☆Anastacia☆ zei

Yay! Nice posting! I learn this massage technique in the hospital when I gave my baby birth.

Old Cow zei

Such a good post!!!

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