Monday, September 28, 2009

Think Pink

This month we are going to think pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Recently my dear aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and started her journey through surgery and cancer treatments. Her name is added to a list of friends who are already have battled or are continuing their battle with this horrible disease.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It is considered a heterogeneous disease—differing by individual, age group, and even the kinds of cells within the tumors themselves. Obviously no woman wants to receive this diagnosis, but hearing the words “breast cancer” doesn’t always mean an end. It can be the beginning of learning how to fight, getting the facts, and finding hope.

Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women.

Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. The evaluation of men with breast masses is similar to that in women, including mammography.

From "What is Breast Cancer?" at the National Breast Cancer Foundation Website.

During this month I want to take some time to honor those who have had to deal with breast cancer. If you would like to honor them you can leave their name in the comment box and will add it to our list on in the side bar. If you want to learn more about breast cancer or want to help, there are few links listed. If you have any other links you would like me to add, let me know.

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