Monday, October 6, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

By God's grace, I have survived breast cancer for nearly 5 years now. I am blessed and grateful. God's fingerprint identifies me as His own and I never want to take that for granted. Having previously worked for the American Cancer Society and having personal experience as a survivor, gives me valuable insight. Here are just a few things to help you become more knowledgeable about breast cancer:
  1. Men can also get breast cancer. Everyone should do self-exams and report any suspicious lumps to their doctor.
  2. Start getting annual mammograms at the recommended age, or if you have an increased chance of breast cancer. 
  3. Don't let any mammography technician give you unclear results. Persist until you get an ultrasound or an MRI to get more clear results.
  4. Some breast cancers don't exhibit identifiable lumps. Breast cancer can also be present in the form of calcification - which is why yearly mammograms are so important. I had no lumps. A digital mammogram detected my calcification which was already invasive.
  5. Early detection and treatment can save your life.
  6. Not everything Pink benefits breast cancer research and/or patients. Research all organizations to really know how their funds are used or where they go. I can vouch for the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. There are other organizations that are far less trustworthy. They play on our sympathies and are making lots of money and giving funds to places like Planned Parenthood under the guise of providing mammograms for under served women. These centers do not even have machines to do mammograms. Don't give money or support every organization or event that sports a pink ribbon. You may be funding something you would not want to fund. Do your research. Think before you Pink!
  7. Cut sugar from your diet. It feeds cancer.
  8. Phytonutrients are like kryptonite to cancer cells. Berries and cruciferous vegetables are wonder drugs.
  9. Stress has a negative effect on health, in general. It does not help in the fight to defeat cancer.
  10. Jesus is a Healer. He may use doctors and medicine or He may perform a miracle. But have no doubt, He is in control. Trust God and seek His peace and healing.