I created this card as a reminder to all of my friends that getting a yearly mammogram, though irritating and uncomfortable, is still an effective method of detecting this ugly disease. I also believe in self examinations, a simple monthly procedure that takes you no more than 5 minutes to accomplish. Be familiar with your body and trust yourself to know when something has changed. Also, be familiar with some of the more "common" symptoms of breast problems -- burning or pain in the breast, swelling, tenderness for no apparent reason, changes in skin texture, and hardening of tissue around the nipple. Early detection CAN save lives, and knowledge is powerful.
Do not be afraid. Do not assume the worse. A significantly high number of tumors, cysts or other abnormalities women experience with their breasts are NOT cancerous at all. However, they should not be ignored. Even the most innocent of things have the possibility of changing and becoming more serious if nothing is done. Pull up your big girl panties and see your doctor. Simple procedures or mild medications can easily take care of those.
We have come a long way in the fight to find a cure for all forms of cancers. There is still a long way to go, however, and I don't know if we will ever be successful in completely eradicating it. But we cannot give up. We cannot stop trying. We cannot ignore. We must do what we women do best --
Fight Like a Girl!
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