Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cancer Awareness Month

Many of you might not know, but I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2002. The road to recovery has been a long one. It is not the physical recovery, but the mental one I had to deal with.
October is generally designated "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." Pink is a symbol of hope for many people, but it also serves as reminder for better treatment or cure for he disease. This is a way to honor both breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles with the disease.
For all women, breast cancer awareness month should serve as a reminder to keep up with monthly self-examinations and to visit your doctor for regular mammograms to help promote early detection.
Having a Mammogram(taking an xray of the breast) are the best way to find out if you have breast cancer because they can show cancer when it’s too small for you or your doctor to feel. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all women starting at age 40 should get a mammogram every one to two years, and if there is a history of breast cancer in your family, you may need to start getting mammograms earlier. Early detection can make a life or death difference with this terrible disease. So please if you haven't done so, get started.

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