Friday, April 24, 2009

and this is what i think...

Breast cancer is the leading killer of women in the United States. Most women don't have the information needed, or the resources to fight this illness. Many women do not know that they should be getting a mammogram every year, and if they do they don't stay committed to following up. This is the biggest mistake any women could make, when breast cancer can be detected in its early stages and lives can be saved.
I discovered when I was sitting in class and my teacher asked, "What do you care about?". Many different issues had crossed my mind but cancer is what concerns me the most. I wanted to learn more about why women walk in the breast cancer walk, and why there are pink ribbons on the back of cars, and why every cared so much. Why pushing awareness and fighting cancer was so important. I see why now. So many women are suffering and lives are being taken away from lack of knowledge and the unwillingness to be checked from being afraid. But that is why there is so much promotion for awareness. They want women to take a stand and fight back. To be strong and band together, and donate to help research for cures and medicines. Each woman is entitled to their life and breast cancer should not be the reason our American women are dying. We are strong and we will make a difference.
I have learned so much about protecting myself, letting women know how to protect themselves. Statistics show that women are becoming more aware of their health and breast cancer and being screened. But this is only the beginning.
Common Threads
Four years ago my mother called to tell me that her best friend and one of my personal female heroines, Lovey Meeker, was diagnosed with cancer. In fact she had thousands of small tumors in her brain. But tumors never start in the brain - they had metastasized from her breast. Lovey died the following year. Ever since Lovey's death I have been addressing the complicated and tragic effects of breast cancer in my work. Cancer is an epidemic. In one year alone cancer will kill nearly twice as many Americans as were killed in all of World War II. And, statistically, this year one woman in every eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
By Cynthia O'Dell

Cynthia O'Dell was enlightened by the true affects of breastcancer when her mother told her that her bestfriend had been diagnosed with cancer. She then begun to interview many different women to hear their stories. To know not only the scientific affects of breast cancer in women but the emotional toll that comes with it. Women need to know that they are not alone in this fight. many women are struggling and may have the same story as you and that is what Cynthia O'Dell wanted women to know by telling her story.



Recommended Screening: There are three significant ways to increase the chance of finding a breast cancer early: regular breast self-examination, annual mammograms, and an annual examination by a healthcare provider. To learn how often these screenings are recommended, visit the American Cancer Society Web site.

Each women should take the appropriate treatment check up on their health. Those simple steps to managing your bodies health can lower your chances of being diagnosed with cancer or catching it in its early stages. Screening is very important for women to recieve in their adulthood.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

"About 40,480 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2008 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness."(

The statistics in the number of breast cancer cases is rising significantly in the U.S. Women breast cancer cases are alomost as high as cases in lung cancer. Women of color are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, but are more likely to die from it. This is because African American women have been studied to have more aggressive tumors. So all women no matter what ethnicity, or race must be aware that breast cancer does not only affect one type of woman.