Breast Cancer Awareness
By Carrie Carter, M.D.
Know Your Body: Do monthly breast exams. If youíre at high risk or age 40 or over, get a yearly mammogram and a physical exam by a doctor. Over 80 percent of breast cancer can be cured if itís detected early.
Know Your Breast Cancer Risk: Talk to your doctor about your risk:
Ages 20-30 ~ 1 in 2000;
Ages 30-40 ~ 1 in 200;
Ages 40-50 ~ 1 in 50.
Thereís a higher risk if you have a family history of cancer.
There Is Support: If youíre in treatment, let others bring meals, drive you, care for your kids and care for you. Find support groups in your town and online.
God Loves You: Tell him about your feelings, fears and needs.
For More Information on breast cancer, go online at:
Click Here to read one mom's journey through Breast Cancer.
This article originally appeared in MOMSense magazine, September/October 2006, MOPS International, Inc.
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