Cancer doesn't discriminate, so stay on top of your boobs!
CHECK YOUR BOOBS!
Regular self-exams are the best way to ensure early detection, so make it a habit. The more you LOVE THEM & RUB THEM, the better chance you'll have of noticing something that wasn't there before.
And if you feel something, go see your doctor. Listen to your intuition. Go get screened. Don't wait!
Furthermore, and to quote Susan Greenstein Orel, MD; "The biggest misconception about mammography is that it picks up every breast cancer. In fact, mammography misses at least 10% of breast cancer. So if you feel a lump that doesn't show up on a mammogram, bring it to your doctor's attention. Get it evaluated."
Listen to your intuition, and don't worry about being a pain in the ass. It's not worth it to wait and see if it goes away. Trust me!
My message isn't to live in fear, it is to be aware, and to be your own advocate when need be!
Rethink Breast Cancer is an organization that has provided me with a community of incredible women who know exactly what I'm going through. A community of women who want to share their stories and bring awareness ... and that's contagious!
And if that alone wasn't enough, Rethink also directs a lot of their attention to raising funds and awareness for Metastatic Breast Cancer )MBC( research - an area of breast cancer that is grossly underfunded.
BECOME AN MBC ALLY
"Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) is a stage IV uncurable cancer that takes the lives of 5,000 Canadian women every year. MBC is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body. It is estimated 20 – 30% of women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer will develop MBC in her lifetime.*
The average survival for women with MBC is only 2-3 years – something that hasn’t improved in over a decade. And something you have the opportunity to help change.
Rethink Breast Cancer is launching a new movement that seeks to double the survival rate of women driving system change and funding MBC research. Our goal is ambitious and requires thousands of committed, active allies. Will you join us?
When we stand together, we strengthen our power to drive change and improve the lives of all women with breast cancer."