Do you know your breasts?

rib4My husband called me last week to inform me that one of our very good friends has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is my age, also a nurse (ironically, she works in a breast cancer center), and is also the mother to 2 beautiful children. She is one of the kindest, most beautiful woman I know. Too close to home. She will be having surgery tomorrow, and shortly thereafter beginning a course of chemotherapy. I’m afraid her story is not unlike many other women who each and every day are handed this diagnosis. In fact, according to the CDC,  In 2005 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

186,467 women and 1,764 men were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Fortunately, it appears as though she caught the tumor in its very early stages due to a self breast exam. In fact, the mamogram they did following her detection did NOT even pick up the tumor. It wasn’t until they did an MRI that they were able to see this growth. Please take this as a reminder that nothing can replace our own self breast exams. I have heard it a million times. But until now, until it has affected someone so close to me, I was pretty lazy about it. Don’t make that mistake. I am just thankful that my friend was so diliigent.

The American Cancer Society provides instructions on their website on How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam, click here.  There is much more information on their website: www.cancer.org

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