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    • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Dallas/Fort Worth Area

      approximately 1.3 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and despite our best efforts -- there is still no cure. Often times, when a loved is diagnosed with breast cancer family and friends feel very helpless but they will also do whatever they can to be of assistance and show their support. One way that folks honor survivors, remember those who have lost their battle to cancer, raise funds to help those affected by the disease and work toward a cure -- is by participating events designed to do one or all of those things. Here are just a few of the events we have going on here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.



      Komen Dallas Race for the Cure -- North Park Center ~ October 15, 2011

      "The Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® is an annual 1K and 5K fundraising walk/run event held at NorthPark Center. It is a co-ed race and great fun for the entire family.  The Race is in its 29th year and is part of a national 5K series sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The goal of the event is to raise funds, heighten awareness and educate people about breast health as well as to recognize and celebrate breast cancer survivorship.  The Race is the largest fundraising event for local breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research in Dallas County.  Last year our affiliate granted $1,912,000 into the immediate Dallas community for these vital services.  $679,829 was directed to cutting edge research at the national level." For more information visit www.komen-dallas.org 

      Pink Pride Brides -- Bridal Fashion for a Cause ~ October 18, 2011

      "Pink Pride Brides – Bridal Fashion for a Cause is a bridal fashion show which supports the fight against breast cancer. Brought to you by Hitched Events, and featuring Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and accessories from Mockingbird Bridal Boutique, Pink Pride Brides is your chance to get a glimpse of the latest wedding fashions while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine. From sleek sophistication to delicate lace, the fashion show will have something for everyone! There will be a drawing for prizes from local wedding vendors, plus the first 100 brides to register will receive a goodie bag.

      The event fee is $10 (when registered in advance), and all proceeds benefit The Bridge Breast Network, a local not-for-profit organization that links uninsured and under insured women in North Texas with diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer." (information via www.pinkpridebrides.org)

      Pink Sunday --  Komen Greater Fort Worth ~ October 23, 2011
      "Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has developed Pink Sunday in an effort to partner with local churches to educate congregations on breast health and breast cancer, and to raise awareness of the disease and the importance of early detection. This year, the Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate has designated October 23, 2011 as Pink Sunday. Pink Sunday is sponsored by The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. We invite local churches and other faith based organizations in our service area to join us in the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Pink Sunday." For more information visit http://www.komengreaterfortworth.org/get-involved/pink-sunday/
      Komen 3-Day for the Cure ~ November 4 - 6, 2011
      During this 3-day event, participants raise money by walking an astounding 60 miles! There is careful planning involved. Participant train for the event so they are prepared for the long journey, they receive fundraising support so they can make the most of all their efforts and they get to meet and interact with brave survivors, wonderful caregivers and other folks just wanting to help make a difference in the war of breast cancer. During their journey stories are shared, as well as laughter and tears. At camp the participants are treated to tents, warm showers, hot meals, entertainment, shopping and some well deserved relaxation. As they cross the finish line the participants will be amazed by those around them but also by their own personal strength as well. 
      These events and countless others like them going on around the country aim to wipe out breast cancer forever! While there still is no known cure and we don't know exactly what causes the disease -- each year treatment options improve and the survival rate increases with early detection. We encourage you to support these groups and others like them so one day no one will have to lose a loved one to cancer!
    • Breast Cancer Awareness ~ Self-Exams Save Lives






      Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells form in the tissue of the breast. There are many different types -- and the disease can differ by individual, age group and the tumors themselves.  Women should be aware what is and what isn't normal as far as their breasts are concerned and should call their doctor if they feel a lump, mass, or hardening of the tissue. This type of cancer is not exclusively a women's disease though they are the largest group with 200,000 diagnosed each year. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation - 1,700 men will be diagnosed each year and 450 will die from the disease.



      When detected early enough, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98%. Advances in detection and treatments have made this possible. This is why it is so important that women do monthly breast self-examinations (BSE) starting at age 20.  BSEs are a self-inspection of one's breasts using hands to feel for lumps or hardened tissue -- and eyes to see if there appear to be any visual changes. Mammograms are the most effective tool in catching breast cancer early but it is important for women to be familiar with what is normal for them and their breasts so they can note any changes. Also according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, if you do find a lump there is no need to panic because 8-10 lumps found are not cancerous -- but you definitely want to get it check out by your doctor.

       According to BreastCancer.org there are 5 steps to performing a BSE:

      Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

      Here's what you should look for:

      • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color
      • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

      If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:

      • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
      • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
      • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling




      Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

      Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).




      Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

      Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

      Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.



      Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.




      If you have any other questions or still aren't exactly sure how you should do a breast self-exam talk to your doctor.


      In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is important to spread the word about early detection, prevention and treatments. It is also a great time to donate to any causes dedicated to finding a cure for this disease.

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