Hi CG fans! This week we wanted to give a special shout out to Denise of New Jersey. Denise has been a survivor of Breast Cancer for close to ten years, and decided to raise money in order to help those struggling with this disease.
Denise organized a team that walked for the American Cancer Society on October 16th at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield, NJ. Denise and her team raised nearly $2,ooo dollars!
Here is a list of those who contributed to the cause!
Charles Llewellyn – Denise’s husband
Kristen LLewellyn – Denise’s daughter
Brooklyn Dobres – Denise’s grandaughter
Keith Dobres – Denise’s son in law
Debbie Schuman – Denise’s sister
Stephanie Sessa – Denise’s friend of 34 years
Keri Schieder – Denise’s niece
Thomas Schieder – Denise’s nephew in law
Amelia Daleo – Denise’s friend
Michael Daleo – Denise’s friend
Great job to Denise and her team! Customized Girl is so proud to have been a part of such a great cause. Shop all of our awareness designs, and let us be a part of your next charity walk or run!
To kick off the month of October, and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at CustomizedGirl.com wanted to share with you the importance of monthly self examinations, and how to do a self-check.
Beginning at the age of 20, most doctors recommend that women take time to do a self breast exam at home. Women who regularly examine their breasts have a better idea of how they feel, and are more apt to notice changes-including lumps or masses that could be early signs of cancer. The best time to do a self exam is about a week after your period when your breasts are not tender or swollen. Or, if you no longer have a period, you can just set aside a specific date each month for a self-check. Most of the time breast changes are not cancer, but if you do notice any changes you should consult your doctor.
What to Look For:
According to Women’s Health Resource, there are a few main changes that you should check for during a routine self breast examination.
Any change in shape or size
Skin irritation or dimpling
Nipple pain or an inverted nipple
Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling
Scaly-textured nipple or breast skin
Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
Note that breasts can change from month-to-month, so not every change is cause for concern. If you do notice lumps or abnormalities, check for the same thing on the other breast. If you notice the same thing on both, they are probably normal. As your self-exam becomes more routine it will become easier to distinguish what is normal and what is not.
Self Breast Exam Tests
WebMD offers six different tests that can be used for your monthly self-breast exam.
Test 1: Using a mirror, inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides, with your hands on your hips, and with your arms raised while flexing your chest muscles.
Test 2: Look for any changes in contour, swelling, dimpling of skin, or appearance of the nipple. It is normal if your right and left breasts do not match exactly.
Test 3: Using the pads of your fingers, press firmly on your breast, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Move around your breast in a circular, up-and-down, or wedge pattern. Remember to use the same method every month. Check both breasts.
Test 4: There are three patterns you can use to examine your breast: the circular, the up-and-down, and the wedge patterns. Use the pattern that is easiest for you, and use the same pattern every month.
Test 5: Gently squeeze the nipple of each breast and report any discharge to your doctor immediately.
Test 6: Examine both breasts lying down. To examine the right breast, place a pillow under your right shoulder and place your right hand behind your head. Using the pads of your fingers, press firmly, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Use the same pattern you used while standing. Repeat for your left breast.
The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection, and by taking just a few minutes each month to give yourself a breast exam you might be giving yourself the chance to get ahead of this disease.
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible”~Christopher Reeve
As many of you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! With September quickly winding down, it’s time to start getting ready for this month of awareness. NBCAM is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, and cure. This campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. As anyone who has been affected by breast cancer themselves, or seen a loved one suffer from it knows, any support is appreciated and well received.
During the month of October there are various ways you can participate in NBCAM. You can gather a group of family members and friends together to form a team for the National Race for the Cure in a city near you, do a 2-day breast cancer walk with your friends (or by yourself), and there is also the Susan G. Komen 3 Day For the Cure. By participating in a charity walk or run you are donating funds to the cause, as well as getting outside and exercising with family and friends!
You can also participate in “Pink Days”! Pink is the chosen color to represent breast cancer, and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October people raise money by organizing theme parties, or a “pink day” at work (where employees wear pink clothing or accessories). The money raised is then donated to the organizer’s charity of choice.
Whether or not you chose to participate in a walk/run for breast cancer or participate/host a pink day, just recognizing and respecting the month of October as a month dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, prevention and cure is definitely meaningful way to honor and show support to those battling the disease, as well as remembering those who have lost their lives to breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Facts and Information According to the 2010 Race for the Cure:
Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among women in the U.S.
About 39,840 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer in 2010.
An estimated 390 men in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer in 2010.
The most proven and significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older.
Recent studies suggest that many women in the U.S. are getting their first mammogram later than recommended, not having mammograms at recommended intervals or not receiving appropriate and timely follow-up of positive screening results. This may lead to more advanced tumor size and stage at diagnosis.
One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S.
There are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today.
Breast cancer is a disease that touches the lives of millions of people all over the globe each year. CustomizedGirl.com is dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, this year, we are holding a special offer for all of the people who want to help Customized Girl fight breast cancer.
This month when you type in the coupon code “Cure09″ at check out you will not only receive $5 off of your order, but we will donate 10% of your order to aid the fight against breast cancer. Some of you may know people in your lives who are directly affected by this terrible disease, show your support for them by creating a custom t-shirt at CustomizedGirl.com and take a stand for the ones you love with us!
Here is the video Transcript:
“At CustomizedGirl.com, you can feel good about making a difference as you celebrate a survivor, or honor the memory of loved ones. Customized Girl already sells thousands of personalized tees to runners and supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness — this is our chance to do something great for our community, and support a cause we believe in. Not only will we give you $5 off your order, but we will donate 10% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer Charities. Here are some samples of designs made by other Customized Girls. See you at the races, and don’t forget to Custom Design Your Shirt To Find The Cure! From all of us at Customized Girl, thank you for your help in the fight against Breast Cancer.”