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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Young women CAN and DO get breast cancer. It is estimated that more than 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger are living in the U.S. today. While breast cancer in young women accounts for a small percentage of all breast cancer cases, the impact of the disease is significant.

Studies show that Advance Breast Cancer is becoming more common in younger women…New research finds almost a tripling of advanced or metastatic breast cancer among women ages 25 to 39 between 1976 and 2009. -Women with no history of breast cancer will not get their 1st Mammogram until age 40…Should these young women be encouraged to get mammograms earlier than 40 even if there is no family history of breast cancer?

The results are potentially worrisome because young women’s tumors tend to be more aggressive than older women’s, and they’re much less likely to get routine screening for the disease. In the United States, the incidence of breast cancer with distant involvement at diagnosis increased in W25-39 year-old women 1976- 2009. No other age group or extent-of-disease subgroup of the same age range had a similar increase. For 25- to 39-year-olds, there was an increased incidence in distant disease among all races and ethnicities evaluated, especially non-Hispanic white and African American, and this occurred in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Incidence for women with estrogen receptor–positive subtypes increased more than for women with estrogen receptor–negative subtypes.

UPDATE FROM 2012 ORIGINAL…
October is “National breast cancer awareness month” This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart because 20 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent both chemo-therapy and radiation…Praise God, she is cancer free and it has been 20 years…. I thought it was very important to discuss breast cancer, knowing the facts, the risks and the signs.

According to “Cancer.org” In 2015, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US. Wow these are staggering numbers and of particular concern to me since I am a high risk woman given that my mother did have breast cancer. When my mother was going through breast cancer and had to have  Chemo and surgery she was so sick and she lost her hair…I was so scared about getting the disease because all I could think about was loosing my hair and my breast, how superficial I was. I defined my beauty to my hair and breast like many other women. Seeing how strong my mother was and how beautiful she looked bald, I realized I could not allow my breast and hair to define who I am as a person. Don’t get me wrong I like my hair and I complain about bad hair days just like 95% of the total female population but I don’t stress about it. No need to stress on things you can purchase…if you loose your hair, you can buy a wig…you loose your breast you can buy new ones…problem solved. Focussing on the disease is all that matters, that is why it is important to know the risk,  recognize the signs and to take action on prevention care.
Everyone is at risk for breast cancer.

  • Being a Woman
  • Overweight
  • Increased Age
  • a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer

There are some factors that can increase a person’s risk, but some people develop breast cancer when the risk factor are not present. I would like to also add that there are men that develop breast cancer  and younger women as well. Recognizing the signs are very important to early detection and being cured. Performing breast self exam will help you know your body and what is normal and not normal. If you notice a change, you should see your doctor immediately. Here are some possible warning signs:

  • Lumps, a hard knot or thickening in any part of the breast
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening that does not go away
  • pulling in of the nipple or other parts of the breast
  • New Pain in one spot that does not go away

Hamptons MouthPiece Readers, early detection is key in diagnosing breast cancer. Many cases of breast cancer are found by monthly breast self exams…an annual mammogram is one of the single most effective methods of early detection. No one looks forward to having a very uncomfortable mammogram, especially women like myself who are well-endowed and you feel like your breast has just been smashed like a pancake. The sooner a problem is found, the more treatment options are available and the better chance you have of beating the disease and living a full healthy life. I hope this reaches someone and you decide to take action, your life is important so you must take care of yourself. If health insurance is an area of concern, there are many services that offer FREE mammograms, all you have to do is ask. I am grateful that I have not been diagnosed I continue to do monthly BSF and I have yearly mammograms, no one knows why and how many women get breast cancer but if I am meant to get I will have a better chance of survival because I do partake in preventive care. I need to be around to nag my husband ,drive my girls completely crazy and plan all of my friends birthday celebrations…until next time read Hamptons Mouthpiece….always keeping you in the know!!!! October is National Breast Cancer Month

American Cancer Society:
Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 Special Section: Breast Carcinoma In Situ
In 2015, there will be an estimated 60,290 new cases of breast carcinoma in situ diagnosed, 83% of which will be ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 12% lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). This year’s special section reviews breast carcinoma in situ, including incidence rates and trends, risk factors, prognostic characteristics, and treatment patterns. It is intended to inform anyone interested in learning more about breast carcinoma in situ, including policy makers, researchers, clinicians, cancer control advocates, patients, and caregivers.
visit Cancer.org for more information

For more detailed data click on link to see the Breast Cancer facts and Figures 2015-

Hamptons Health: Be Proactive get a Mammogram….How many of you have never had a Mammogram because you are afraid? How many think you don’t need one? How many of you just don’t’ make the time to make this important? BE BRAVE, this is important and it is my hope that  I save one life today with this post.

Yesterday I was watching Good Morning America and when I heard  Amy Robach say she had Breast Cancer and been putting off a mammogram, and then a couple of weeks ago Robin and the GMA family encouraged her to have the test so she got talked into it. Everyone is so busy and stretched especially when you are a mother working in a rapidly advancing career. It’s hard to find the time to take care of yourself. Amy is choosing to have a double Mastectomy a very aggressive form of treatment, she and her doctors feel this is the best treatment for her. BTW, Amy is only 40…Read my article on Young Women get breast cancer. http://hamptonsmouthpiece.com/young-women-can-and-do-get-breast-cancer/

You can read more about Amy’s story here: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/mastectomy-option-treating-breast-cancer-article-1.1513829#ixzz2kQLC6o00

I usually have a mammogram every year but I had put off the test this year simply because I was too busy to make the time to do something that could save my life. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my doctor for next week and I will be having my Mammogram with the next couple of weeks. My friends this test is not as scary as you think, it is uncomfortable but it is not  painful. I have had mammograms since I was 30 because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 40 and my doctor encouraged me to start 10 years early. As I approached closer to the age my mother was when she was diagnosed I began to get scared, but I faced my fear and continued to have this test every year. I am now 47, seven years past the age my mother was when she was diagnosed and each year I am a nervous wreck the night before the test and on pins and needles until I get the results, but this does not stop me from having the test. My friends this test could save your life, please make the time and urge your family members and your friends to do the same.SHH_BREAST_MstrSmall_72dpi

Friends who live in the Hamptons  The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at the Southampton hospital offers a range of services, click on link for more information. 

https://www.southamptonhospital.org/services/breast-center/default.aspx

If you live in NYC check out the SCAN VAN…..A Mobile Mammography FREE Screening Mammograms for Eligible Women

MANHATTAN SCHEDULE

 FREE for uninsured women 40 and older,    All insurance plans accepted.  Co-payments and deductibles are waived

Fran Van NY

Here is the schedule of where this Van will be in Manhattan for the Month of November and December.

Tuesday    November 12, 2013   Starting At 8:00am
Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic           
N.E.Corner W.57th &10 Ave  10019
 
Tuesday    November  12, 2013      Starting At 1:30pm
Callen – Lorde Health Center                    
356   West   18th Street   10011
 
Wednesday November 13,  2013  Starting At 8:30am
    Downtown Health Center       
150 Essex Street     10002
 
Friday     November 22, 2013   Starting At 8:00am
    Community League Of 159th Street Health Cen
1996 Amsterdam Avenue      10032
 
Monday   November 25, 2013    Starting At 1:30am
    New Providence Health Clinic             
225 East 45th Street            10017
 
Monday     December  2, 2013   Starting At 9:00am
    Helen B. Atkinson Health Center            
81 West 115th Street       10026
 
Tuesday    December 10, 2013   Starting At 9:00am
    Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic           
N.E.Corner W.57th &10 Ave  10019
 
Tuesday    December  10, 2013      Starting At 1:30pm
    Callen – Lorde Health Center                    
356   West   18th Street   10011
 
Monday   December 16, 2013    Starting At 1:30am
    New Providence Health Clinic             
225 East 45th Street            10017
 
Friday     December 20, 2013   Starting At 8:00am
    Community League Of 159th Street Health Cen
1996 Amsterdam Avenue      10032
 
Friday     December 20, 2013   Starting At 1:30pm
    Betances Health Center                            
280 Henry Street    10002
 
Hamptons Health: Be Proactive get a Mammogram, tell a friend, save a life…