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Breast Cancer Awareness

by Andrea Updyke

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Do you worry about Breast Cancer? I’ll be honest, in the past I haven’t paid much attention to it because I have been fortunate enough to have avoided direct contact with the disease. But like everything else that becomes so real once you have kids, Breast Cancer is something that no woman should ignore.

Cancer is out there. And even if it hasn’t touched me directly, that doesn’t mean it won’t someday. I think about Breast Cancer differently now as a mother. Before, my fears were focused on myself and how I would be affected. And yes, my thoughts still start there. But married to a wonderful man and with two amazing boys, I just can’t imagine what it would mean to my family if I ever had to fight this horrific disease. Yet, one in eight American women will fight Breast Cancer. That is an unbelievable number and my heart goes out to every woman who has had to walk that unthinkable path.

I don’t say these things to strike fear into my heart or yours. But what are we doing about it? Is there anything we can do? I believe that humanity has been given the ability to learn and do medical research that will help prevent and even cure Cancer.

Early detection is key. Are you doing your self-exams? Checking for lumps? As a breastfeeding mama, I am particularly aware of the way things are supposed to feel. But I confess that I am not nearly as diligent when I am not constantly feeding a wee one. That has got to change, not just for my own sake, but for the sake of my children.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Do you get sick of seeing pink everywhere during the month of October? I’ll be honest, it makes me sick to think there are companies making money off of charitable people. But there are ways to support Breast Cancer research without being taken advantage of.

One such opportunity is from P&G. If you already plan to buy any of the many products offered by P&G (like Olay, Pantene and Crest) check out the October 16th Sunday paper for special brandSAVER coupons. For each coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, P&G will donate 10 cents to NBCF for every “like” they receive on Facebook.And finally, during the month of October, consumers will receive a $10 rebate for every $50 they spend on P&G beauty products, which will also donate $10 to NBCF. What I love about this program is that many of these products are things I would buy anyway, so why not have a portion of what I spend go to research?

I know that diseases like Breast Cancer are largely out of my control. No one can control everything. But there are things we can all do to raise awareness and make sure we are as safe as possible.

P&G Giveaway!

Have you been affected by Breast  Cancer? Do you have any tips on how to stay informed?

Share your stories/tips in the comments to be entered to win a gift package of beauty products from P&G.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood, Hearst and P&G. All thoughts are my own. One winner will be randomly drawn from the comments and notified via email. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm October 17, 2011. Good Luck!


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Kate October 8, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Thanks for your honesty. It was only this past August that I finally was touched by someone close dying of cancer. But like you I feel lime it’s a distant thing yet something I do need to be diligent about.

Carolyn G October 9, 2011 - 11:39 am

No tips except to always do self exams and get mammograms.

Jessica T. October 10, 2011 - 6:27 pm

My husband passed away from colon cancer at the age of 29 and you aren’t supposed to have routine colonoscopies until you are 50. I still believe that you have to take care of yourself by having a yearly check-up at the gynecologist and I also have a yearly skin check at the dermatologist.

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Helen Stockwell October 12, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Thankfully I have not known anyone yet with Breast Cancer… but I do encourage women to make sure they check themselves once a month and if they feel like something is not normal, they need to get checked. I also make sure I have my doctor check every year on my annual physical. Yearly checkups by a physician should be standard for every woman. Every woman has to do it so it should not be a subject to be nervous to talk about with your female friends or family members.

Fadra October 12, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Although I’m not diligent either, the self breast exams are SO important. And I always tell people, YOU are your own best advocate. If you feel something is wrong and your doctor doesn’t seem to be listening, go somewhere else!

MommaDJane October 12, 2011 - 3:44 pm

My daughter’s grandmother on her father’s side has breast cancer and it scares my teen. She knows she has to take precautions and get exams starting as early adult.

Nanette ~ AMomBlog October 12, 2011 - 3:48 pm

My mom is a breast cancer survivor. Don’t wait for your doctor to find it. Do your monthly self-exams and get your mammogram annually.

miss tejota October 12, 2011 - 3:49 pm

At my last physical I was told that I would need to start having yearly mammograms next year. I didn’t question it, I know my families history and why that might be necessary. I was consumed with other health issues and that aspect of my physical health wasn’t a top priority. But it needs to be. I know that even though I’m in the midst of other health drama, my family history with cancer needs to be addressed again.

I’m grateful for the all the pink ribbons and advertisements regardless if it is for the right or wrong reason because it reminded me to get my act together. And I believe it reminds others as well.

Thanks for the reminder.

Leticia- Tech Savvy Mama October 12, 2011 - 4:25 pm

Thank you for your refreshing honesty about pink during the month of October! My dear friend Susan of Toddler Planet, and founder of the Mothers With Cancer site, is battling her 4th recurrence with cancer. One thing that I’ve learned from her advocacy of cancer research is to give to organizations where money will go directly towards cancer research. I love how easy P&G makes it to give just by clicking through Facebook and that they donate through purchases too.

Shana D October 12, 2011 - 5:14 pm

My family has been fortunate enough not to experience breast cancer but skin cancer & other cancers do run in our family. The best advice I have is listen to your body & your gut feeling. If you feel something is off get checked up because no one knows your body like you do.

DiPaola Momma October 12, 2011 - 5:45 pm

We lost my Aunt Paula 8 years ago. She firmly believed if she’d caught it earlier things may have been different. I’m so adamant about telling -read bugging the heck out of- my friends to be sure they “know” their boobies!

Jennifer B. October 12, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Although I have not personally been effected by breast cancer I have seen families who are broken because of the disease and cannot imagine if my family were forced to go on without me. I hope that comes off the right way. I would never want to abandon my girls.

I would say know your family history, sometimes my grandparents are very private with their health information but it is vital to early detection, so teaching people how important that information is is a great step in the right direction.

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