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Friday, March 9, 2012

Keep on Walking

Hi all.

   Each year, my parents say the same thing.  "Don't get us a Christmas gift....just make a donation towards a charity."  I think everyone needs to get into the discipline of giving.  In fact, Christians should count giving as one of the classical disciplines of the Christian faith.

   So my wife and I look around, and one of the things that keeps coming up is the need to support Cancer Research.  It does bother me that we put millions upon millions of dollars each year into research, we keep walking, and keep prodding our government.  It could be that the money we put in goes more towards administrative costs.  Or, we have an expectation that there's a cure and cancer is one tough cookie.  I'm not being pessimistic.  I'm not saying that it'll never happen.  I just think that there're a lot of people out there who feel the same way: sometimes I get tired of the slow progress with all the work we put into it.  My father just visited a friend who's dying of cancer, and this is the second or third friend of his who's facing the enemy.  I sat with a college friend in a quiet room when he had been reduced to silence as one of the symptoms of brain cancer.  The headway we seem to be making is coming around those who need the support and encouragement.  And so we need to keep trudging, walking, visiting and donating.

   We need to continue to do our part and practice preventative medicine.  And keep encouraging each other.  Here's an article I'd like everyone to read, and consider how they're taking an active roll in overcoming this menace.  Thanks ahead of time for your support.

http://www.komensf.org/understanding-breast-cancer/about-breast-cancer/


About Breast Cancer

Did you know? Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death for women in California. Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.
But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.
Understanding Breast Cancer
Welcome to Understanding Breast Cancer, your source for up-to-date information on breast cancer. This is a website developed jointly by Susan G. Komen for the Cure® HQ and Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention. Here you will find the latest information on diagnosis and treatmentrisk factors & prevention and early detection and screening, and a host of other topics—like complementary therapies and life after treatment.

Breast Self-Awareness

Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated. Screening tests can find cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Learn more about what you can do to increase yourBreast Self-Awareness .
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:
1. Know your risk.
  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer
2. Get screened.
  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40
3. Know what is normal for you.
See your health care provider right away if you notice any of these changes in your breasts:
  • Lump, hard knot or thickening
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit your alcohol intake

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