Sisters , for those of us who have been procrastinating, forgotten the date, scared , uninformed or just have no clue on how to go about getting one , I thought this would be a great discussion to get info from all our well informed sisters out there.
WHY??? BECAUSE...........
• BeCAUSE breast cancer doesn't discriminate
• BeCAUSE breast cancer doesn't count candles
• BeCAUSE breast cancer can't tell time
• BeCAUSE breast cancer won't wait for the walk
• BeCAUSE breast cancer doesn't play by the rules
• BeCAUSE breast cancer doesn't fight fair
• BeCAUSE breast cancer won't be a friend to your best friend
• BeCAUSE breast cancer is a very real and serious killer
• BeCAUSE breast cancer can happen to anyone, not just your grandmother, your mother, or your aunt
• BeCAUSE breast cancer can happen to your daughter, your granddaughter, your sister, your friend

. BeCause breast cancer can happen to YOU.

The American Cancer Society recommends every woman follow a three-step approach to protect her against breast cancer. This includes:
Mammography
1. Annual mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early.
2. Have a mammogram annually if you are age 40 and older.
3. If there is a history of breast cancer in the family, discuss a personal mammography-screening schedule with a health care provider.
Clinical Breast Examination
1. After age 40, get a clinical breast exam by a health care provider every year.
2. Between the ages of 20 and 39, have a clinical breast exam by a health care provider at least once every three years.
Breast Self Exam
1. Ask a health care provider to teach you the proper way to perform a thorough breast self-exam.
2. Beginning at age 20, examine your breasts monthly. If there are any lumps, thickenings or changes, report them to your doctor immediately. Most breast lumps are not cancer, but further tests may be necessary to determine your situation.
(Mammograms tend to run about $150.00 if you are not being covered by insurance.) Anyone got info of clinics that provide free mammograms??

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not too sure about "free" Mammogram examination but check first with your county clinics ( if you are here in the Sates) that would be my best bet and yes....... please do not hesitate to take the test....like the old saying goes, "Prevention is better then Cure"
You are right Ellie, though far less common than in women, it is possible for men to develop breast cancer. Male breast cancer is real and can be just as dangerous as breast cancer in women. It is expected that over 1,000 men will be diagnosed with male breast cancer each year. Because men often wait to report the symptoms of male breast cancer, the disease is more likely to have spread, leaving many men with less hope that treatment will lead to recovery.
Men should be aware of the symptoms of male breast cancer. If you have any symptoms of male breast cancer, it is important that you see a qualified medical professional immediately for a diagnosis. Symptoms of male breast cancer may include inversion of the nipple, bleeding from the nipple, a lump in the breast, and more.
add to that colon & rectal, lung , kidney,bladder, endometrial, melanoma, leukemia etc.. ( these are some of the most common cancers).
Defining Cancer:
Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Cancer is not just one disease but many diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in basal cells of the skin is called basal cell carcinoma.

Cancer types can be grouped into broader categories. The main categories of cancer include:

Carcinoma - cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs.
Sarcoma - cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue.
Leukemia - cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood.
Lymphoma and myeloma - cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system.
Central nervous system cancers - cancers that begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord.
(For definitions of other cancer-related terms, see NCI's Dictionary of Cancer Terms.)

Origins of Cancer
All cancers begin in cells, the body's basic unit of life. To understand cancer, it's helpful to know what happens when normal cells become cancer cells.

The body is made up of many types of cells. These cells grow and divide in a controlled way to produce more cells as they are needed to keep the body healthy. When cells become old or damaged, they die and are replaced with new cells.

However, sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. The genetic material (DNA) of a cell can become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor.Not all tumors are cancerous; tumors can be benign or malignant.

Benign tumors aren't cancerous. They can often be removed, and, in most cases, they do not come back. Cells in benign tumors do not spread to other parts of the body.
Malignant tumors are cancerous. Cells in these tumors can invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis.
Some cancers do not form tumors. For example, leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. I hope this info gives you more awareness of what's out there.

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