Power of Pink Roundup
I recently signed up for the Army of Women. This group allows you to participate in Breast Cancer Research. Basically, when studies come up, you will receive an email detailing the study and requirements for participants. If you’re interested, you respond to the email. If not, you can forward it to friends or family members or just delete it. There is not obligation but it can provide a concrete way to participate in Breast Cancer Research. Check out their FAQ site for more information.
As promised here are some common myths about Breast Cancer (from Women’s Health on about.com).
Myth: I’m too young to worry about breast cancer.
Fact: While it’s true that your breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for developing breast cancer.
Myth: There’s never been a case of breast cancer in my family so I don’t need to worry about it happening to me.
Fact: The truth is the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history of this devastating cancer. However, if your mother, sister, or grandmother ever had breast cancer your risk is significantly increased.
Myth: I don’t have a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene so I’m sure breast cancer is not in my future.
Fact: Don’t fool yourself! Not having a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene does not mean you won’t get breast cancer. Actually, the truth is that almost all women (90 to 95 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer have neither a family history nor mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, according to the American Cancer Society.
Myth: The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer had more than one risk factor prior to diagnosis.
Fact: All women are at risk for developing breast cancer whether they have known risk factors. In fact, the majority of breast cancer patients had no known risk factors, other than being female, for this frightening disease.
Myth: Breast cancer is preventable.
Fact: Although a drug classified as an antiestrogen called, Tamoxifen may decrease breast cancer risk in certain women, the cause of breast cancer remains unknown and is not completely preventable. The real key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment.
Myth: Having yearly mammograms will expose me to too much radiation and cancer will occur as a result.
Fact: According to the American College of Radiology, the benefits of annual mammograms far outweigh any risks that may occur because of the minute amount of radiation used during this screening and diagnostic procedure.
Myth: I’m not going to breastfeed because breastfeeding would increase my risk of getting breast cancer.
Fact: Just the opposite is true. Breastfeeding may actually decrease the risk of perimenopausal breast cancer.
Now for the roundup. I got a great variety of entries from an international crowd!
Susan from Food Blogga in San Diego, California made Cranberry, Banana, and Honey Smoothies in her new Blender
I also made quite a few things to help promote my blogging event. I hope no one minds that I submitted recipes for my own event… I made Pink Cupcake Bites…
Pink M&M Treats, and …
Thanks again to everyone who participated in my blogging event! Watch for CB’s giveaway to be randomly selected sometime soon.