Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hello October-Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I like October…it’s the month where here in Atlanta we start getting more of the fall like days, so I look forward to this month, but along with that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this we should think PINK.
Every year, I support the fight against breast cancer by donating or getting involved and this year I will be doing the same in memory of my mom, Viola Burton. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December of 1999 and passed away from it May 2000.
I’m not much of a pink wearer and I don’t have a lot of that color, but I do have a Breast Cancer bracelet that I wear in the month of October. 
Ladies, please make sure you perform breast exams on yourself. Also, consult with your physician on when you should start having mammograms. I’ve been getting mammograms since 2001.
My mammogram is scheduled for the end of October.

About Susan G. Komen:
“Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:
More early detection and effective treatment– Currently, about 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early.  Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
More hope – In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 98 percent.
More research – The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
More survivors – Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.”