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Oct 2, 2015 09:52AM
Oct 2, 2015 11:06AM
I think that awareness is important and I realize that we can all say that we are well aware and need a cure and I totally agree with that but I do think of the younger generation, I believe that is who this month is for. With that said, I would like to see things be more respectful - no more nicknames for breasts and no more scarfs, hats, tee shirts, etc. with breasts depicted on them. The narratives should be about saving lives and honoring those that have passed on from this disease. (If we had a walk for testicular cancer we wouldn't be walking around with testicles hanging from a scarf or shouting save the balls, or would we?) AND make sure that everyone realizes that 70% of those diagnosed have no history of breast cancer in their family, that would be a good t-shirt.
Pink itself doesn't bother me, it's the disease that bothers me.
I also hate when the word prevention is used, mammograms do not PREVENT breast cancer nor does following a particular diet or not using birth control or etc., etc. Show me a list of ways to prevent this and I'll show you a woman who has done all of those things but she still has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
AND last but not least, there needs to be a real good set of guidelines for screening and a good method also, something that does not miss the cancer. We have all of the awareness we need but yet when a young woman is concerned about her health many doctors will say you're too young! That is just horse chit, why make people aware and then tell them, "Oh no, that can't happen."
Hopefully a cure will be found soon but we can at least improve on how we raise awareness and certain doctors can improve on how they handle someone who is concerned about their health.
I forgot this, if there are certain conditions that increase a women's likely hood of being diagnosed with this disease they should be made AWARE of that. For instance, recently I read on BCO that certain benign conditions put a person at a greater risk. I think there should be a form which the patient needs to sign which states you have been found to have a benign condition (they should state what it is) and this increases your likely hood of being dx with breast cancer. Some doctors are good at informing patients of this type of thing but MANY are not.
As per PET scan, 3 or 4 nodules in the right breast, 2 of which were actually in the middle of my chest, the other 2 were side by side in the breast. Also DCIS in the left breast.
9/23/2013, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 1/0 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
10/9/2013 Femara (letrozole)