Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pink Ribbon scarf

Its always a good time to think about our health.  One of the things we should be thinking about is breast care.  So many of us know a woman who has or has had breast cancer.

Many factors are linked to breast cancer risk. Some of these factors affect risk a great deal and others by only a small amount. Some risk factors you can’t change. Simply being a woman and getting older increase your chances of getting breast cancer. Other factors you may be able to change. For instance, leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Understanding what factors may affect your risk can help you work with your health care provider to develop a breast health plan that is right for you.

Getting regular screening tests increases the chances that if you do develop breast cancer it will be found early when it’s most treatable. 
Self  breast exams are a good way to become familiar with the way your breasts normally look and feel, so in between our yearly mammograms,  if there are any changes, you will know the early warning signs: lump, hard knot or thickening; swelling, warmth, redness or darkening; change in the size or shape of the breast; nipple discharge.
Be aware of your body and its changes. Become involved with issues of national importance in the fight against breast cancer.

Since cancer has hit my family four times in the last ten years, two of them breast cancer (both survivors because of early detection!),  I made a promise to donate a percent of the sales of my marine art to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Milwaukee affiliate.  I show my support by wearing a pink ribbon pin and I make a pink ribbon silk scarf.

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