Patch Bloggers Write About Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Check out this collection of Breast Cancer Awareness blogs, brought to you by St. Louis Patch bloggers.
Most of us have been touched by breast cancer somehow –a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend, a daughter. My personal experience began as a child when I lost my grandmother to breast cancer after an eight year long battle. I will always remember what a strong woman she was. Unfortunately, she did not have available to her all the advanced treatments we have today.
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Forget orange and black. For many products, this month’s color is pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink packaging – and a real or implied tie to breast cancer charities – is used by makers of products ranging from socks to cereal, lint rollers to water bottles.
The BBB has found that some pink-labeled products provide very limited benefits to charities, while makers of other products guarantee a minimum donation for products bought during a season.
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I want to tell you my story. It's a story of devastation, struggle, anguish, fear, pain, disappointment, healing, hope and joy.
In August 2004, I was having trouble breathing and eating, so I went to a doctor. An X-ray showed a mass on my left lung, so a biopsy was ordered. I'll never forget the day I got the results. I was told I had stage 3 Invasive Thymoma. How does one wrap their mind around that news?
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The highest risk factor for breast cancer is one no one can control – it is simply being a woman. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
The second highest risk factor is age. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women aged 50 and older. Just five percent of all breast cancers occur in women under age 40.
The good news is that breast cancer can be effectively treated if detected early. The survival rate after treatment for breast cancer diagnosed in its earliest stages is higher than 90 percent.