Saturday, October 20, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness Pendant 2

Hi everybody! Kim here from My Kraft Kloset reminding you that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I wanted to create something special to show my support and to remember my younger sister, who lost her battle with breast cancer one year ago at the age of 46. I wanted to do something to raise awareness and spread the word to all the women in our lives, because early detection can save lives! I've designed this beautiful pendant in antique silver with a few accent pieces that are very personal to me from Craft Fantastic to wear proudly.

Click "here" to get all the basic details on how to get started and all the supplies I used are listed below.

Facts About Breast Cancer:
in the USA from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, INC:
  • One in eight women in the USA will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the USA today. 
  • GET TESTED EARLY!! Early detection can save lives. 

Breast Cancer Screenings:
Here are some screening guidelines according to the American Cancer Society:

These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer who don't have a personal history of breast cancer, don't have a strong family history of breast cancer, or don't have the genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as BRCA), and has not had chest radiation therapy before the age of 30.
  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year. (I would start at 30-35 to create a base line)
  • Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • All women should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening – what the test can and cannot do. For those who are of higher than average risk please click here.
I am not a medical doctor, so consult with yours, but from my families experience the earlier you can have a mammogram the better you are to start a baseline of your medical history. Or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer or the BRCA gene. Insist on a mammogram, regardless of your age. Or change doctors if you don't agree with them.  If your ever told you have dense breast tissue, it makes tumors harder to detect, and you should insist on an MRI or ultrasound for further testing. Only YOU can be your own health care advocate and only YOU can save your life or the women in your lives with EARLY DETECTION!!! 

I hope I've inspired you to become aware of your breast health, get educated, talk to your daughters, mothers, sisters, family, friends and share awareness with others. Thanks for stopping by!

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