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(October 14, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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There are little pink ribbons everywhere during October (and hopefully the rest of the year.) You see them on cars, on shirts, on websites. If you donít already know, those little pink ribbons are a sign of support for breast cancer research and awareness. October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. We may be young, but this is a cause for all women to promote.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cancer-caused death of women in the United States. It is a cancer that usually develops in the ducts or glands that produce and move milk inside the breast tissue. It is treated by removing the cancerous mass, removing all of the breast tissue and by radiation and chemotherapy.

Breast cancer is not random. There are things that increase the risk of getting it including your family history, your age, genetics and obesity. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help, but wonít completely prevent your chances of getting it. And donít think that it only affects people your parentís age or older. I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer at twenty-six and it was so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy and radiation/chemo to try and stop it. A mastectomy is the removal of all breast tissue and she had two, so both of her breasts were removed. She is still undergoing treatment and everyone is hoping for the best.

The point is, everyone needs to start checking for lumps or anything unusual long before age forty. The earlier it is detected, the more likely it can be removed and that a woman will make a full recovery.

What Can I Do?

First you need to remind yourself and other women you care about to do regular breast exams. Itís not that hard. Every time you take a shower, make a spiral around each breast starting at the nipple and ending at your armpit. Be sure to include your chest above the breast, too Ė thereís tissue there. If you feel anything odd, you need to let your mom and doctor know as soon as possible. Even if you have little or no boobs, you still have breast tissue and you still need to check!

Your mom and any friends over thirty-five or forty should be having mammograms at the recommended intervals. Remind your mom and make sure she is staying healthy Ė her life affects your whole family.

Promote awareness to others by walking in an awareness march in your area. There might also be a run for awareness you can do.

Help research and prevent the disease by contributing money. Even if you donít have anything to contribute, you can save the lids of Yoplait yogurt and send them in for a donation. Iím sure there are other products out there that do the same thing.

At the very least, support those who are trying to battle the disease by raising awareness. Get your very own little pink ribbon for your shirt, profile, blog or site.


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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: October 17, 2007
This year, my rocket team was "Launching For A Cause" - we did breast cancer awareness, and we raised money for a local hospital's cancer center. There were women coming up to our booth taking handouts and ribbons and pencils, and some were crying. We raised awareness, and we brought out something deeper in so many people.

This was a wonderful article, thanks for educating people! BTW, my grandmother had breast cancer about a year ago, and my grandfather and a close family friend both died form lung cancer, so I know how hard it is.

Good luck to anyone who's fighting cancer, and hugs to anyone who knows someone fighting.

--Storm
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: October 17, 2007
Yay! Fighting is over!

Jeez, it seems like arguments happen so much more online... lol

Now we should probably get back to breast cancer. lol

I agree with tootoorooroo, I really hope they find a cure! It's amazing how far we've already come, though!
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: October 17, 2007
okay!!!!!

we are no longer arguing!!! this is a serious matter, and needs to be treated so. We all have our opinions, so let's agree to disagree. please.
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: October 17, 2007
A very good artical. My very close family friend had breast cancer. Thankfully, she's ok now.

Marshmellows: I understand that you have your opinion, but when people are talking about something this serious, it is sometimes best not to say anything at all. The way you worded your comment might have come off as very rude and even a little insulting to some people. I understand that it can sound a little "gross", but sometimes it's best to just not say anything at all.

Don't anyone DARE bash me, I'm not in the mood right now.

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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: October 17, 2007
And you don't think our little immature "eww gross nasty" comments get on people's nerves? Not to mention it's pretty offensive. And honestly how do you expect people to respect your thoughs when you state them so childishly? tiffgirl2614 has the righjt to be a little offended she lost her nanny to breast cancer, and then she sees all your childish comments saying it's gross...ugh., It's sad, unfortunate, and destructive, but it's not gross.

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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: October 16, 2007
Once again, marshmallow you need to grow up a little. If I had known someone closely who was lost to breast cancer and then saw you say it was gross I would be terribly offended. You say you're 12, but your "oh it's gross" comments sound like they come from a 5 year old. This is reality, and it's your body, it isn't gross.
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whiteskyewarri

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 16, 2007
awesome article

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Billytalent_xx

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 16, 2007
My mom had a breast cancer scare a while back, but it was nothing. I was so scared. I hope they find a cure someday soon, But until then i'll do everything I can to help.

Oh, and Marshmellow? Not trying to make enemies or anything, but by saying,"now u can try to tell me off all ya want but, i always win" it makes you sound really immature. That's really childish to say.

Just pointing that out.

Leaf
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tootoorooroo

19/Female
Hanford, CA
Posted On: October 16, 2007
i hope they find a cure for all cancer!!!
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: October 16, 2007
we should get pink ribbon items for dollmakers.....support the cause!!!
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: October 16, 2007
My grndmther had it, but she surved. I think that, persnlly, she's strngr for survvng it...
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its_skiz_not_s

19/Female
Germany
Posted On: October 16, 2007
It's not gross, it's the facts.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 16, 2007
My Grandma Died Of Breast Breast Cancer

Please Donate Your Cures To The Women Of Cancer!

-Kayley,xx
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 16, 2007
my moms aunt dien from breast cancer. this article was a lil awkward but very informative
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: October 16, 2007
You people who say this is gross need to GROW UP.
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