October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Important for Mothers
Have you been checked yet this month or this year? As many know, women around the world celebrate breast cancer awareness month in October of every year. Why such a big to-do? Well some statistics show that breast cancer is the second largest cancer killer in women, right behind skin cancers. At some point in a woman’s life she will be facing a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer. It is estimated that for the year 2010 over 207, 000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and around 54, 000 will be diagnosed with early forms of breast cancer. The worst part, around 39,000 will die from the cancer. Statistics range the chance of a woman dieing of breast cancer is 1 in 35. These numbers are too overwhelmingly high. What can we do? Support research and get checked.
I’m sure that many of us if not most, have known someone who has fought the cancer whether they won or lost. It is as a personal attack on these poor women, losing the two things that made them feel most feminine, their hair and sometimes their breasts. It is sad enough to watch let alone be a part of.
Doctors have been trying to stress for years how important personal exams are for women as well as men, but we tend to put that type of thing off if we can. Why do we do this? Why don’t we just go in for a simple appointment that could help save our lives? Maybe it is the money and we don’t have insurance. Maybe it is the time, we get very busy, especially as parents and find it hard to make time for ourselves. Maybe we find it unnecessary or perhaps we are to afraid of hearing bad news. Whatever the reason we need to realize that there is nothing more important than our lives, and even more so if we have little ones depending on us to be here for them.
Imagine how we would kick ourselves if we were diagnosed too late because we would not take the time for a simple, routine appointment.
Think of what your breasts mean to you. Maybe you haven’t really thought about it before and don’t really find them that important, just another part of your body. Some women are very familiar with the idea that their breasts make them a woman and feel good about themselves. They even make bras in all types just so we feel good and comfortable. What about our hair, have you thought about it before? What about your eyebrows and eyelashes? How would you feel if all of these things were taken?
As a woman surrounded by sisters, grandmothers, my own mother and my daughter I am happy to say that so far my immediate family has been spared this trial. Not so lucky for friends and other relatives. I have had the sad, humbling fortune to see one friend lose her breasts completely but as a survivor kept her life. I have seen the worry in my grandmother’s eyes as she has watched a sister battle the disease, and I have painfully lost an aunt that I was close to and miss so much. By the time I was married she was so close to death that she couldn’t even really meet my husband or ever see my daughter.
I will always learn from that experience and hope I could be as strong and loving as she was.
As a mother, I now see even more so how important keeping my body healthy is. I am the one setting the example for my daughter and I want to stay here with her to set that example and answer her questions until I hopefully, die of old age. Do you have children? I’m sure you want to be here for them for as long as you can so remember how important your personal exams are and that breast cancer is not the only silent killer out there. Your exams can catch many different life-takers so make your appointment today.
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