|Team Previve 2012|
October is “Breast Cancer” awareness month, which is why you see the sea of PINK everywhere you turn– Athletics, TV Commercials, Magazines, Posters, Clothing, etc. Actually it’s something that should be a monthly awareness, because 1 out of 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. YES; 1 out of 8 --- those are some pretty high chances! In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Please make sure you complete monthly self-breast exams, contact a physician immediately if you find a change. DON’T WAIT!
Guys you might be thinking; “Oh that’s not something I have to worry about” – THAT’S INCORRECT!! Your chances might not be as strong as a woman's, but about 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about
1 in 1,000.
|Alyssa, Cara, JoAnn, Deb, & Jerry|
If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you just might have the BRCA gene, which makes your chances even HIGHER whether you are a woman or man!
Would you rather take your chances and hope you never have to hear – "you have breast cancer"? Or would you like to know what your chances are of having the gene? Yes, YOU do have a choice!! Just like Aylssa did. You will have a chance to read her story momentarily.
To my knowledge there is no history of breast cancer in my family, but that didn’t stop me from getting a scare last year. According to this new physician (my old physician closed his practice), my chances of breast cancer was higher due to the dosage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) I have been taking and the length of time on them. She made such a big deal of it that it freaked me out. Of course right then and there I wanted to stop them all together, but was advised against that as well. Then I found a lump in my right breast!!! I was beside myself, but Jerry kept me level headed until we could get some test ran. Fortunately we received good news, but that’s not always the case for everyone. Like our friend Karen; who we keep in our prayers. She recently received the news that she will need surgery on November 6th to have two lumps removed. To our knowledge her family doesn’t have a history either!!
|JoAnn, Alyssa, Cara|
Jerry and I participated in the “Race for the Cure” this year in memory of Jerry’s mom, and in celebration of his sister and niece – JoAnn Stroud and Cara Cawthon, and many others with breast cancer. But for the first time; this year Alyssa Cawthon (Cara’s daughter) has her own team called – “PREVIVE” (a term coined for the young women positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes like herself).
Alyssa, a 20 year young woman, has a powerful story and how breast cancer has affected her life from the age of 3. Please take a moment to read her story below….