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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 11, 2014

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, otherwise known as Pink October, is the perfect opportunity to inform and get us talking about cancer, without fear or prejudice.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Widespread use of screening, along with treatment advances in recent years, have been credited with significant reductions in breast cancer mortality.

I’d like to present some myths around breast cancer first:

THE BREAST CANCER MYTHS

- Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

THE TRUTH:

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening  mammograms.

 

- Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

THE TRUTH:

Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

 

- A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

THE TRUTH:

A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however, nearly always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.”

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss any remaining questions or concerns you may have with your physician.

Read the full USPSTF report here .

The Breast Cancer SiteSo how can you help?  

WHAT IS THE PINK RIBBON PLEDGE™?

The Pink Ribbon Pledge™ is a powerful way to make a real difference in the fight against breast cancer in three different ways: clicking every day to give women in need mammograms, joining to fund vital breast cancer research, and spreading awareness about simple ways to fight breast cancer every day. The Pink Ribbon Pledge is a way to remember to click, and ask friends and family to join you in pledging to click every day at The Breast Cancer Site, increasing our impact in the battle.

The Pink Ribbon Pledge™ is powered by The Breast Cancer Site, where you can click every single day to help fund mammograms for women in need. Your clicks are always FREE.

HOW DOES THE PINK RIBBON PLEDGE™ FIGHT BREAST CANCER?

Pledge to click: Your pledge to click every day at The Breast Cancer Site means that you are personally helping to fund mammograms for women in need. Every free click provides more funding for free mammograms. Imagine the incredible difference we can make if thousands of people agree to take just a moment of time, every single day, to click to fight breast cancer.

Fund research: The Breast Cancer Site has also made a pledge – to you, and to all breast cancer survivors and supporters. When 100,000 people take the pledge to click every day, The Breast Cancer Site will make a donation of $10,000 to Mayo Clinic to fund breast cancer research. Together, we can work toward a cure.

Spread the word: The fight against breast cancer is everywhere today, with individuals and companies taking up the cause. Everyone knows what the pink ribbon is, but not everyone knows the details – early detection is key, there are different kinds of breast cancer, and it can happen to young women, older women, and even men. In addition, not everyone knows that there’s a quick and easy way to fight breast cancer every single day – absolutely free. So spreading the word about clicking at The Breast Cancer Site is another way to help even more.

 

If you have questions about breast cancer, go to The National Breast Cancer FAQ for more information.

Material on this page was taken from the National Cancer Institute / National Breast Cancer Site.

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Review: Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid by Maureen Driscoll

October 8, 2014
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Different, passionate and sweet!

This book was a surprise. One of my friends recommended it and I wasn’t disappointed. This book has a fresh beginning, a bit like “Outlander”, and it kept me interested to read more about the characters.

At times I really liked how we got to see different POVs, but by the end I just wanted to know the closure, without interruptions. The kidnapping attempts were repetitive, I believe they weren’t necessary, the less the merrier in this case. I enjoyed the little mystery, and I’m glad it wasn’t flat obvious, we had a few suspects to watch out for.

Maureen presents us with a family worth of a Julia Quinn novel, intriguing and warm. Edward’s sister is one funny human being, just as their brother Kellington, I’m anxious to read their books as we have clues to whom they will fall in love with.

I’m excited about this author and interested in finding other books written by her. For a debut title, this is a win!

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“So, where have you been?”

October 1, 2014
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What have you guys been up to?

I just realized how long it’s been since I last blogged..oh god. So sorry guys! I’ve been totally oblivious to the blogging world, but on the other hand…I’ve missed writing. Read some really nice books lately, but I’m not sure if this is the place to write about them. Maybe you guys prefer reading reviews on Goodreads? Or some other platform that’s better (that I have no clue about)? Twitter isn’t my thing and Facebook is seriously a MESS nowadays. I don’t know how I can keep up with all the information, I get SO lost…lol. BTW, any scandal on the reading community I should be aware of?

Just to keep you in the loop, I’ve been:

- studying

- watching OUTLANDER (so sad it’s on a break!!!! DESPERATELY need to share this experience with you! And discuss the books??)

- reading new authors

- taking care of my new home

- reading some more

- studying some more

- missing OUTLANDER (you can tell I’m obsessed, right??)

 

So please, If there’s anyone out there that is still subscribed to this blog..show yourself and make your interests and thoughts known!

 

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A Reading Romances Surprise

January 5, 2014

So I’ve been working on a secret project for a while…It’s been hard to keep it from you! That’s the main reason of why I haven’t been blogging much lately…But now I’m proud to reveal my surprise!

Are you ready?

I present to you…

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Click HERE to check out my handmade items for bookish lovers <3

Purchases will help keeping reading-romances.com alive and kicking!

Do you have suggestions for any items you’d like to buy? What do you think about the shop? Leave a comment!

 

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