Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TEAM TARA

My friend/old neighbor was recently diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer.  :( Please join me with your deepest thoughts and prayers for peace, strength, and understanding for Tara.  Also for her doctors to figure out the best method of treatment to fight this cancer!


Here is the link to stay informed about Tara on Facebook or search for the page "Team Tara"

Here is the link to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation in honor of Tara or to join our team for the run/walk on April 27th.

Chris & I will be doing the Non-Competitive 5K run/walk, and will have the girls in our PINK double stroller!

Did you know?
Factors that may increase your risk of breast cancer include: 
• Age: a major factor
• being a woman
• getting older — the older you get, the greater your risk of breast cancer
• having an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer genes
• a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
• a family history of breast cancer
• having high breast density on a mammogram
• having a previous biopsy showing hyperplasia
• lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
• being exposed to large amounts of radiation at a young age
• never having children
• having your first child after age 35
• high levels of estrogen
• postmenopausal hormone use (current or recent use) of estrogen or estrogen plus progestin
• being overweight after menopause or gaining weight as an adult
• high bone density
having more than one drink of alcohol per day
• starting menopause after age 55
• being younger than 12 at the time of your first period
• current or recent use of birth control pills


Signs that you should not ignore:
• lumps, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
• swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
• change in the size or shape of the breast
• dimpling or puckering of the skin
• itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
• nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• new pain in one spot that does not go away
Be aware of any change in your breast or underarm area. If you notice any of the following signs, see your health care provider.

For more information about risk factors go to www.komen.org/risk

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