Mischo Beauty Challenge Update: "A Healthy, Sexy & Beautiful 2011"

October is breast cancer awareness month. As the granddaughter of a breast cancer survivor, I am forever grateful for the saving grace of early detection.

My grandmother is many things: feisty, smart as a whip, witty as all get out, quite free with her tongue, gorgeous at any age and a fighter to her core. She has beaten back breast cancer, twice. A stickler for healthy eating and body maintenance, she has always been very good about annual doctor appointments and physicals. It was during one of those visits, about four years ago, that an abnormal mammogram exposed early stage breast cancer.

Being a septuagenarian, she assessed her options carefully and made a treatment decision that was right for her and the cancer was removed. During a checkup, almost two years later, a different instance of breast cancer, in the same breast, was found, again in an early stage. This time she opted to undergo chemotherapy. The road has definitely not been easy, but she is still here, kicking hard. If you asked, she would tell you that early detection was the key to her second and third chances at life.

The numbers are not heartening: 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, and out of those women, a whopping 85% will have no family history of the disease. It is highly likely that each of us knows and loves at least one woman who has or has had the disease.

What do these statistics mean for us? That preventive care - via healthy lifestyle choices, self-exams, and consistent and on-time screenings (as per guidelines outlined by your doctor) - can mean the difference between surviving and succumbing. Please visit the American Cancer Society for more information on early detection and prevention, and stand up for your life. -Zee



Anonymous said...

I do my self-exams every month. Nearly lost a loved one to breast cancer.

October 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Zee said...

@Anonymous-I am glad to hear it. It's quick and easy!

October 25, 2011 at 4:54 PM
Beauty Talk With Illusions said...

Thank You for such an amazing and informative blog post. I lost my aunt to breast cancer 9 years ago, so I do understand the importance of early detection. My aunt's discovered a lump in her breast through a self exam.....but fear prevented her from going to see her doctor right away. So, thank you, thank you, thank you for the statistics and knowledge.

October 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM
Zee said...

@Beauty Talk, wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. I really believe that stories like ours move people to act in the interest of their health even more than statistics do. All of the best to you!

October 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM
Dani said...

I lost my mommy to breast cancer and I miss her so much every day but I've realized that I need to honor her by living a healthy life and encouraging others to do the same (just like she did). Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

November 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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