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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Installment 1

Understanding the 2nd Most Fatal Cancer of Women

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For the first part in my series on Breast Cancer, I thought it was important to first share what exactly breast cancer is.  But first here are some statistics, that I found staggering:

  • It is estimated that this year alone 192,370 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • The median age for those diagnosed with breast cancer is 61 years old.  That means that of all new diagnoses half of those women are under 61.
  • 2.5 women in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer.
  • 1 in 8 women can expect to develop breast cancer at some point over their lifetime.

The good news is that the death rate from breast cancer continues to drop about 2% a year. 

[sources: http://professional.cancerconsultants.com & http://www.breastcancer.org

Breast Cancer Basics

Here is a definition for cancer from breastcancer.org

Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.

There are two different types of tumors, benign and malignant.  Benign not a health threat, while malignant has the potential to be dangerous.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor found in the breast.  It usually begins in the milk producing glands called the lobules, or the passages draining milk from the lobules to the nipple.  The least common form of breast cancer forms in the connective tissue in the breast.

Here is a diagram from the American Cancer Society Webpage:

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[sources: http://www.breastcancer.org & http://www.cancer.org]

Types of Breast Cancer

There are different types of breast cancer that a woman can be diagnosed with, listed below are the most common:

  • “Ductal carcinoma in situ" is the most common non-invasive breast cancer, it  means that the cancer has begun in the ducts but not have not spread through the walls of the ducts to other tissue in the breast.
  • “Invasive (or infiltrating) ductal carcinoma” is the most common form of breast cancer.  It starts in the duct, comes through the duct, and grows in the fatty connective tissue, at this point it can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Similiar to that is “Invasive (or infiltrating) lobular carcinoma”, which begins in the lobules and can spread to other parts of the body.
[source: http://www.cancer.org]

I hope that I was able to help you understand breast cancer a little better, I look forward to bringing you more information. 

Next time I plan to discuss the risk factors and things you can do to help prevent breast cancer.

If anyone has any information they’d like to share please do so either in the comments or by emailing me.

October 3, 2009 at 9:29 am 4 comments

Rushing the Seasons

Happy October 1st!  Hope you all had a great start to the month.  I still can’t believe we’re in the 10th month already. 

Tonight I went to Lowe’s with my dad and Andrew to pick some stuff up.  As soon as we walked in this is what we were greeted with:

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That’s right Christmas Decorations, 3 rows worth!  How about they give us a chance to celebrate Halloween.  I really love Christmas a lot, the day after Thanksgiving I start decorating, listening to Christmas music, and watching Christmas movies (Elf, anyone?), so it’s not that I”m a grinch or anything, but really it’s just too soon!

Other then the Christmas explosion I witnessed tonight, today was a good day.  I’m thrilled tomorrow is Friday and will be eagerly watching the clock for 5.  We have a pretty calm weekend, just a 50th birthday party Saturday night, other then that it should be relaxing.

Breakfast this morning was juice again.  I got a question if this is all I’m having for breakfast, the answer is yes.  I know it doesn’t seem like much but it really does keep me satisified until lunch time.  If I was hungry I would honor it, and go for something extra.  I’m not saying I’ll only be having juice for breakfast forever, but I feel good so far and don’t see a reason to add anything else.

My juice was the normal, head of romaine, carrot, inch of ginger, lemon, and 2 apples.  I totally forgot to add the spinach, it taste much different but the color was more orange from the carrot then green.

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I have a feeling I’m going to turn orange from all these carrots.

Lunchtime was another salad.  It was simpler then yesterday no avocado, carrots, or celery, I brought a green pepper to throw in but decided to eat that for a snack I really didn’t want it in the salad.

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Around 3 I hate the green pepper.

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For dinner Andrew and I went to the Whole Foods Salad Bar.  I got a huuuuge salad and a container of quinoa.

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Romaine, red cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, red onions, and I think a million other things I can’t remember.

Andrew got everything I love and avoiding this week for my “mini cleanse”

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Chicken parm, meatballs, sausage peppers and onions, baked ziti, and lemon rice!  It smelled amazing, it took a lot for me not to grab that chicken parm right out of his container!

NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer awareness is very important to me, both my grandmother’s were diagnosed with it years ago, one of them unfortunately did not survive the battle.  My other grandmother, luckily,  is still going strong.  I’ve decided that I’m going to help spread awareness by doing different informative posts a few times a week for the month of October.  I’m working on the first post now, so I hope to be posting it by Saturday. 

 

Well I’m going to get into bed, g’nite bloggies!

October 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm 3 comments


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