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Off topic...but is also very important.. [Oct. 3rd, 2004|11:16 am]
Miriam Esthela



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!!

About My Mother

Since I wrote the above, she has gotten sick. She has a staph infection right now. It's common for cancer patients with ports. It's somewhat serious. Please keep her in your thoughts!

Click to help for free:

How does awareness help?

  • It reminds women to get their yearly mammograms. Earlier detection increases chances of survival.

  • It reminds women that they should do monthly self-examinations. Again, earlier detection saves lives.

  • Awareness is contagious. If you are spreading awareness, the people you are spreading awareness to will spread awareness also!

  • Awareness raises funds. People becoming aware of such a huge issue may donate money towards research for a cure!!

    So, what can I do to increase awareness and/or help find a cure/fund mammograms?

    Many, many things...to name a few:

  • Wear a ribbon!! Go to Wal-Mart and spend a couple bucks on pink ribbon and safety pins.

  • Give out ribbons! Make ribbons and give them out to your family, friends and colleagues!

  • Click the buttons above [daily] to raise funds. It only takes a second and it's free!

  • Donate money to Breast Cancer research!! You may do so on many breast cancer sites like The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Campaign, Breast Cancer dot org, CBCRP, BCRF, action breast cancer and many others!

  • Many sites, including some that I linked here, also sell clothing, accessories, and gift items promoting awareness. This is a great way to donate to research and also have items that will promote awareness in your daily life! The gift items you can find are really nice too. Next time you're giving a gift, donate to research at the same time!

    Some additional shops online:

    The BC Mall

    The Pink Ribbon Shop


    Find Gift

    Beaux Tie Designs

    Breast Cancer Care [also a support site]

    Center Coin

  • Help participate in a study [UK women only]

  • Volunteer to have your PC aid in cancer research.

  • Boobie-Thon

  • Save lids to save lives!

  • Buy pink and white M&M's!

  • Buy breast cancer awareness stamps!

  • Go bowling!

  • Ask your employer about Denim Day.

  • Many local shops will also have items you can purchase to support research. Ask at Target, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid and many more! If you're not in the states or you want to order online, Target offers awareness items online. Simply visit Target Pink.

  • Wear a virtual ribbon on your webpage!! I have collected and/or created many banners, pictures and journal icons...and even an AOL instant messenger icon! You are welcome to use any or all of them!! They will also work to use as avatars on forums and other messengers!

    Why are regular breast exams important?

    Early detection saves lives! Make sure you go for yearly mammograms and do self-exams every month.

    Tell me about the self-exams. I need more information.

  • You can make self exams a habit by requesting a free breast self exam shower card. This waterproof card illustrates and explains the self exam, and is designed to hang in your shower or on the bathroom door handle. Hang it somewhere where you will see it as a constant reminder.

  • If you don't want to wait for a card, download a pdf card and print it.

  • You can also learn how to do the self exams on this website.

  • Many websites offer to send you a monthly email reminder to do your self exam. You can request the service here or even get a reminder program here.

    Other Links

    Awareness article on BBC

    Male breast cancer



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    The below is taken from http://yourmedicalsource.com/library/breastcancer/BRC_sources.html

    Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on breast cancer.

    American Cancer Society (ACS)
    Phone: (800) ACS-2345 (toll-free hotline)

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides a national, toll-free hotline (800-ACS-2345) that has information about breast cancer and referrals for the ACS-sponsored "Reach to Recovery" program for breast cancer.

    In addition, the ACS supplies pamphlets that may be obtained by calling the hotline or local ACS chapter:
    Breast Cancer Network Update and

    Breast Cancer Questions and Answers.

    National Cancer Institute (NCI), Cancer Information Service
    Phone: (800) 4-CANCER
    Phone: 800-422-6237

    The Cancer Information Service (CIS) has a regional network that provides in-depth information about cancer. The CIS offers informational brochures as well as referrals to medical centers and facilities that offer clinical trials.

    Spanish-speaking staff members are available upon request.

    National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)
    Phone: (212)-719-0154
    Fax: (212) 768-8828

    NABCO is a nonprofit resource for information about breast cancer.

    Annual membership in NABCO's information network ($40, tax deductible) entitles the participant to receive:
    Nabco News, a quarterly publication

    customized information packets

    Breast Cancer Resource List, and

    special mailings

    Y-ME National Organization for Breast Cancer Information & Support (Y-ME)
    Phone: (800) 221-2141
    Phone: (312) 986-8228(24-hour hotline)
    Fax: (312) 986-0020

    Y-ME offers support to callers by trained volunteers, most of whom have had breast cancer. A new hotline also is available for the partners of women with breast cancer. Y-ME has chapters in 12 states besides Illinois, and it provides advice about how to start a local support group for women living with breast cancer.

    Society for the Study of Breast Disease (SSBD)
    Phone: (214) 821-2962
    Fax: (214) 827-7032

    Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (SGKF)
    Phone: 800-462-9273

    U.S. Breast Cancer Centers


    Dana Farber Cancer Institute Breast Evaluation Center (BEC)
    44 Binney Street
    Boston, MA 02115
    Phone: (617) 632-3000

    Comprehensive Breast Center at the Lombardi Cancer Center Georgetown University Medical Center
    3800 Reservoir Road NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Phone: (202) 687-2122

    Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center/ Iris B. Cantor Diagnostic Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    205 East 64th Street
    New York, NY 10021
    Phone: (212) 639-5200

    Strang-Cornell Breast Center of the Strang Cancer Prevention Center
    428 East 72nd Street
    New York, NY 10021
    Phone: (212) 794-4900


    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Breast Clinic
    1515 Holcombe Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (800) 392-1611


    The Mayo Clinic's Breast Clinic
    200 First Street SW
    Rochester, MN 55905
    Phone: (507) 284-9238

    Myer L. Prentis Comprehensive Cancer Center of Metropolitan Detroit
    110 East Warren Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48201
    Phone: (313) 833-0710

    Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    333 East Superior
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone: (312) 908-5522


    The Breast Center
    14624 Sherman Way, Suite 600
    Van Nuys, CA 91405
    Phone: (818) 787-9911

    Revlon/UCLA Breast Center at Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
    200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 510
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
    Phone: (800) 825-2144
    Phone: (310) 825-2144

    Helpful Websites

    OncoLink University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Cancer Center

    CancerNet National Cancer Institute


    Breast Cancer. The Complete Guide, by Yashar Hirshaut M.D., F.A.C.P. and Peter I. Pressman, M.D., F.A.C.S. (New York: Bantam Books, 1996)

    This book is written by a breast cancer surgeon and an oncologist. It covers all topics from breast cancer diagnosis to life after cancer. In addition, it provides resources for advice about breast cancer centers and information services. (4 rating).

    The Complete Book of Breast Care, by Niels H. Lauersen, M.D., Ph.D., and Eileen Stukane. (New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1996).

    This book, by the authors of Listen to Your Body, offers professional guidance to maintain healthy breasts and to combat breast cancer. It covers breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. This book also provides a wealth of valuable resources for concerns such as: where to find help, planning treatment, plastic surgery/reconstruction, emotional support, nutrition, medication, and other topics. (5 rating)

    You are welcome to post this in any community that may be relevant that I missed!! I would appreciate it a lot!! If you can post it in your own communities, whether they are relevant or not, it would be so cool of you to do that. If you're part of any community at all that wouldn't mind this post, share it there as well! You just tell them that xink wrote it at the beginning of the post! I can email the full code for this entry to anyone who would like to post it around. One easy way to do it is to just link them to this entry!

    If you think I should add any links, images or information to this post that I don't already have here, email me: bcawareness at sarse dot net.

    Thanks for reading this post!!
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