Sunday, October 10, 2010

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Everyone,

I know, you're saying she wrote about ovarian cancer last month and now breast cancer. This is serious folks, and I intend to write about it. The Big C has been around a long time, and it's way past time to eradicate it. The whole shebang, all of the different kinds of cancer should be erased from our lives.

Why can't the researchers find a way to prevent cancer then they won't have to find ways to treat people once they have the Big C. Preventive measures should be developed as well as ways to kill the cancer after it's in your body. I know the researchers have come a long way, but isn't there a way to remove a cancer gene from our bodies stopping the chance of cancer? Obviously not since in my research I found nothing. They say diet is important in preventing cancer. Oh, and if you're overweight you're a candidate for breast cancer. Bummer! I've gained a lot of weight.

This is one disease that I want eradicated more than any other. I have had so many friends and family members suffer from these diseases that I'm just sick of it. There is no rhyme or reason to why a person may get breast cancer or any other cancer. Most times there isn't a family history of cancer, although the risk is even greater if you have a history of cancer in your family. Then again, many people with a history never get cancer. It's no wonder the research community is stymied.

Thank you for listening to my rant on this subject. For all of you who are battling breast cancer, I pray a cure is found in time for you, or that you will go into remission without fear of it returning.

Until next Sunday, have a great week.



Paris said...

Sandy, go ahead and rant. It's horrible to feel helpless. I try to eat right and exercise but there are no guarantees. My only hope is that someone is more driven to cure the big C than to make the huge amounts of money generated by treating the disease.

Sandy said...

Oh, Paris, I so agree with you. It's greed that keeps them from finding the cures we need.

Thanks for your comment.

Edie Ramer said...

Sandy, my friend is having an ongoing battle with cancer. So far it's a tie. She has a great oncologist, and his treatment is keeping her alive and active. She's lucky that way. But I know someone will find a way to target the BC cells and kill them. I just wish it would happen soon.

Sandy said...

Hi Edie,

I have known many people who have had ongoing battles with cancer. Right now my mentor is going through the battle, and I pray it goes into remission or a cure is found for her.

Thank you for your comment.

MiaMarlowe said...

Thanks for reminding everyone not to neglect their mammogram. My mom is a 10+ year breast cancer survivor because she didn't blow off her yearly screening. What you don't know can hurt you, and her cancer was an agressive sort. If she'd waited the outcome would have been different, but after surgery, chemo and radiation, I still have my mom.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Mia.

I'm so happy for you and your mom. Yay for your mom to always do her mammograms.

Super hugs.

Jill James said...

There isn't a cure because there is a bazillion dollars spend in studying it. Researchers don't want to give up that money. Sorry, a little ranty there, but with the things we can do with technology I just can't believe we don't know what causes cancer and how to stop it.

Belinda said...

A good friend was just diagnosed with BC. I'm walking on October 24 in Kentucky Making Strides 5K in her honor. Our team is Ready and Willing for Abell. You can never be too vocal in the fight against breast cancer and all other cancers. You go Sandy! I'm with you.

Sandy said...

Jill, it's okay to rant. I feel like it myself. lol In fact, I did rant. Wink! It's not the researchers themselves who don't want to give up the money, it's the people and companies behind them.

Thanks for coming by, Jill.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Belinda.

You're helping a lot with the walk. My niece is walking in the Susan G. Koman walk. Hopefully, the more money raised will help with research.

Marianne Stephens said...

We all want to rant about this and have a cure found. This disease can strike anyone, and there doesn't have to be a family history, although your chances of getting cancer are higher if there is a link in your family.
We can all hope and pray that a cure is found and medicine have advanced so much!

Sandy said...

Thanks, Marianne.

As long as all the cancers have been around you would think they'd discover something more than they have.

robynl said...

I don't mind you ranting about breast cancer my friend; I am in remission and in the back of my mind am always wondering if it will come back. I pray it won't!! Keep on keeping on for those out there who are survivors or who just found out that they have cancer.

Sandy said...

Oh, RobynL, I know it has to be a worry at the back of your mind that it could come back. I'll pray for you and others too.

Thank you for your comment.

Cherie Le Clare said...

Hi Sandy,

Research has told us many times of the prevention measures/risk factors for breast cancer but, unfortunately, human nature being what it is, we'd prefer to ignore it if it doesn't suit us to follow the advice.
e.g. If you have babies then breastfeed them for as long as possible. Research shows that you need to breastfeed for a period of at least two years for the optimum protection. This doesn't necessarily have to be with just one child - it can add up over all your children - for example, if you breastfeed 3 chldren each for 9 months then the total is 27 months, which meets the 2 year target, plus extra. Any combination adding up to 24 months or more meets the recommended criteria.

Note: I realize there are situations when this is not possible for some women, but perhaps this message will help those who do have some control over whether deciding to breastfeed or not.