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Oct 4, 2018 07:06AM
Icietla's Husband types this for Icietla.
Great! Wonderful that the Religious Institutions have been getting involved. I see that some major metropolitan areas have "Super-Churches" with all manner of Professionals volunteering to help out the underserved. They can make a good deal of difference too.
In addition, institutions of another type -- the Schools -- could reach even more persons in need of general learning about breast health and breast disease.
Every person will be affected by this epidemic. Whether or not any particular individuals will have to deal with their own breast cancer diagnoses and treatment/s, through their lives, numerous others in their lives will be so affected.
When I was a little girl in school, the girls were all called out of their classrooms, one classroom at a time, to go to a presentation done by a representative for a leading brand producer of feminine hygiene products. For many of us, that presentation came far too late to be helpful at all. We needed the information, yes, but we had needed it far sooner. Useful and timely breast cancer awareness matters much more than anything of that sort.
There are very good, comprehensive Breast Health Care Centers having well-trained personnel able to generally educate even their non-diseased patients. Many of these Clinics have silicone models of breasts with embedded objects representing some features of the typically more and typically less suspicious type breast lumps. They could instruct on breast self-examination methods. They could generally familiarize the students with typical imaging equipment to be found in such Clinics. They could impress upon the students the importance of regular self-examinations; regular clinical examinations; having regular mammography and/or other appropriate screening; and presently known factors associated with increased risk for breast cancer. Folks also need to know that the tools we have for screening imaging all have their limitations in disease detection. So students could at least learn thereby about the generally more suspicious types of breast lumps, and they could also be cautioned that there may always be found some variations and exceptions to those general characterizations of the lumps more tending towards more and less suspicion.
Why do the Schools not organize and require sufficiently regular Field Trips to these Clinics -- or to the nearest, next-best such type Clinics -- for these purposes for every educable student -- I mean for every educable student, and without regard to their genders and gender identities --, so that all the educable students are reached with the needed education this would give them? As I said, all their lives will be affected by breast cancer. This education could serve them for life, possibly saving many lives by helping lead to earlier diagnoses.
As I recall, I have more than once posted here on BCO links to (fairly recent) reports of breast cancer diagnosed in a six-year-old and an eight-year-old. If I recall correctly, we have since had join us here at BCO a newer member whose first breast cancer diagnosis was at age eleven.
Any Physician (or PA, NP, Nurse, or other Health Care Professional) who tells any (concerned) patient that s/he is too young to have breast disease needs some re-education, at the least.
I appreciate that the Breast Health Clinics have their workweeks-long schedules of serving patients in need of their services. Are there none of them -- or not enough -- nor any of their Health Care Professionals -- who would regularly open up on some weekends and/or holidays to contribute some pro bono publico efforts for this very worthy cause -- to help give children needed education and guidance that could serve them through their lives, possibly even help save their lives? If not, why not? Ask them why not. Ask them often. And is Health Education or Health Information stated or even implied in their Mission Statements? If so, ask that they hold themselves to it. If not, ask why not. Ask as often as it takes. Ask them all the time. Start asking National, State, and County (or National and Provincial) Public Health Authorities why there is no cooperation for this needed education -- needed to help deal with this Public Health Crisis. It is indeed an epidemic that will, in one way and/or other ways, affect the lives of all persons.
Some would object that it might make children afraid of their body parts. As I have pointed out, the lives of all of them will somehow be affected by breast cancer; further, the breast cancers are life-threatening, life-limiting diseases worthy of grave concern and determined, concerted efforts to effectively deal with the epidemic. The World is full of hazards to our well-being. It is the responsibility of all of us to inform and warn the children of threats -- not only but especially the more common threats (this would include breast cancer) -- to their well-being.
My latest (Stage IVB) diagnosis is almost certainly of another distant primary type. To the best of my information and belief, I am still apparently what we call NED as to breast cancer, doubtless thanks to Letrozole.
2/12/2016, ILC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole)
4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal
8/2018, Stage IV