This is an exam that should not be missed

Last month was October which I believe is known as “breast cancer awareness month”. Now I may be wrong but I swear I heard that woman should give themselves self breast examinations monthly and have mammograms every year after age 40 unless you have a family history of breast cancer (then it can be earlier).

HOLD YOUR HORSES WOMEN…now some group is saying different. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says we should not give ourselves self breast examinations and mammograms should be for woman over 50 (unless you have a history) and every other year. I’m, confused and my boyfriend is confused over all this “new” information.

The one thing that stood out the most is that this same group “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force” had different findings and it was a group of different people. So is it new information or just new people giving us their opinion? All I know is that breast cancer is the #2 killer of U.S. Women. All I know is that my grandmother died at age 49 with breast cancer. All I know is that a family member had breast cancer and luckily she found it early on (in her 40’s) and is alive because she did not wait until she was 50. This is what I know.

I don’t think this should be a subject of confusion which is what is happening at this moment. Women are not sure what the hell to do. I have no faith in what the medical field tells me…I go by my gut feeling. And with this one my gut tells me to continue to have yearly mammograms and do self breast examinations (history or no family history of breast cancer).

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Save the Boobs!

October is right around the corner and I’m sure everyone knows (or should know) that it is Breast Awareness Month.  The NBCAM (The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services) is celebrating its 25 year anniversary in “09”. Good going!

A Canadian charity called “Rethink Breast Cancer” has recently come out with an ad “Save the Boobs” and some are saying they have gone too far. Is the saying true “any publicity is good publicity”. We do still have to get the message out. What do you think-

 

Fairness Friday’s

This past weekend I was shopping at Henry’s and while at the checkout I heard the cashier tell her customers “don’t forget Military Monday”.  Of course that means the military get a discount on Mondays. So when it was my turn to check out I asked the cashier if they had “people for peace Tuesdays”; she just smirked. I’m sorry but why does the military get so many discounts at retail stores, I do not think they should be singled out as deserving a break. There are many people in the United States trying to make it a better country, do they get a discount? How about the all the people fighting for equality such as getting rid of Prop 8? And what about all the people trying to figure out how to make this country more “green” and are saving the environment? There are millions of people fighting for Cancer; look especially at all the pink ribbons. Do they get any discount’s at Henrys…I don’t think so.