Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thanks for the Mammaries.....

This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You'd probably have to be living under a rock to not know what the pink ribbon stands for. I think it's great that tons of companies "go pink" for October.

I had a friend recently point this out -- that everyone knows about breast cancer. She didn't see the benefit of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She seems to think that Peppridge Farms and Cheerios should go all Halloweeny instead.

But that's not it at all. Sure, a lot of people are aware of breast cancer. But even though we've jumped that particular hurdle, the game isn't over. While we're all "aware" on some level, we don't all know that:
  • Men can get breast cancer, too.
  • You don't have to be an old woman to get breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer isn't always a lump or bump -- sometimes it's a spread-out spider thing. With inflammatory breast cancer, your breast or nipple area most often just looks "weird."
  • Breast cancer often spreads more quickly and effectively in younger women.

And there are tons of other facts. THAT is where the awareness comes in.

So it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What are you doing? Are you checking your chi-chi's on a regular basis? When was the last time you had a mammogram?

I have a mammogram scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30. And my first ultrasound thingy. (Don't you just love my technical jargon?) I have this "thing" that we're going to check a bit closer. My doctor thinks it's of the fibroid cystic nature. But she understands my fear of the other option and we're going to check it out once and for all. I'm glad.

So while I'm down yonder getting my boobies squished, please remind your loved ones to knead their knockers. It's the only option.

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