October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women across the United States and the world are encouraged to do monthly self-exams and/or go for a yearly mammogram depending on your age. Breast cancer is the leading diagnosis in women and is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, aside from lung cancer.¹
Did you know that about 85% of breast cancer diagnosis occur in women with no family history?² It's all very scary information to digest but there is hope! With the help of foundations like the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation there have been many advancements in early-detection and treatment options available.
Monthly self-exams are really simple and take no time at all. Some women prefer to perform the exam in the privacy of her shower once a month or while lying in bed on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The choice is yours! There are even apps to remind you!
The key steps to a successful exam are touch and sight. You want to check the breast tissue for any lumps and examine the flesh and note any changes like an inverted nipple, or fluid leaking, and also note the general shape of your breasts. The slightest change could indicate a potential issue and you should refer to your physician as soon as possible.
For more information on how to perform a monthly exam, you can read the step by step instructions here. For examples of changes of the physical appearance of breasts, you may want to watch this NSFW video on Youtube. (You must prove you are 18 in order to view it, but it's extremely helpful.) For additional information on the symptoms of breast cancer you can find some really helpful insights here. And last but not least, this is a list of organizations which support finding a cure and can offer coping methods for new diagnosed women and their families.
Edenfantasys cares about this important research and to show our support, we're giving 5% of the sale proceeds for sponsored toys and giving away up to $1,000 in toys and gift certificates for three lucky winners. Click the link to find out how to enter!
The staffers here at EF have updated their icons to show their support and we encourage you to do the same. You can choose from one of the images below or make one of your own!
This is where you change your avatar and banners. Just right click and save the image you wish to use or copy the image link and paste it into the appropriate field!
Have any of you thought about the course of action you would take if you were to be diagnosed with breast cancer? For instance, some women with a known-family history would opt for a double-mastectomy instead of chancing it later in life - if you were in her shoes, do you think you could make the same decisions?