October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My Aunt Jill, is someone whom I admire and aspire to be like! She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2005, and sought immediate treatment, a double mastectomy, and lumpectomy. She faced it, fought, and told it to to never come back! I watched in awe as she never doubted her ability to fight cancer head on. I am honored and proud to share with you that she is in remission, and with her doctors care she is doing everything within her power to see that it never comes back.

Aunt Jill has done amazing things since her diagnosis! She has climbed mountains, white water rafted through the Grand Canyon, and runs to maintain a healthy life style! I am honored and proud to say that she is fighting with every breath she takes! Sorry, Breast Cancer, you lost this fight...and Jill kicked your butt! I stand in awe of her awesomeness! I can only hope and pray that I have the strength and courage of the numerous women who are diagnosed every day!

What is breast cancer? 
Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without the usual controls on cell death and cell division.
What are the signs of breast cancer? 

The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. In fact, some women have no signs that they can see. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away:
  • A lump, hard knot or thickening
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot

Younger women  

Although rare, younger women can also get breast cancer. Five percent of breast cancers occur in women under age 40. While breast cancer risk is generally much lower among younger women, certain genetic factors can put some women at a higher risk. Women who are diagnosed at younger ages may have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation. Women who carry one of these gene mutations have an increased risk of both breast and ovarian cancers. 
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with $2 billion invested to date in research and community health programs worldwide. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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