Friday, May 25, 2012

Beads of Hope

Have you felt up your boobs lately?  I do.  Once a week.  Sometimes when I'm sitting at my desk at work.  Before I go to sleep.  In the movie theatre. No, I'm not a perve, I'm checking myself for breast cancer!

Did you know: 
  • More than 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer this year - this is equal to the population of Littleton, Colorado
  • 450 men will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year. 
  • Today, a person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer in the earliest stages has a 98% chance of living at least five more years, on average, compared to only 77% in 1982.
  • The overall breast cancer death rate has decreased by about 2% each year since 1990, mostly due to early detection through mammography screening.
  • The causes of breast cancer are still unknown: only 5-10% of breast cancer can be linked to a strong family history. Most women with breast cancer have no known risk factors.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Latinas.
  • African American women have a 35% higher breast cancer death rate than Caucasian women, even though they are less likely to get breast cancer.
  •  In the time it took you to read this, one woman was diagnosed with breast cancer (on average, every 3 minutes). One woman dies of breast cancer, on average, every 13 minutes.  Source  
Someone very close to me went through a personal struggle when she found out her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  With this being her second battle with cancer, she was overwhelmed with fear.  Although the cancer was successfully, my friend still felt the need to do something.  She has come up with a very ambitious idea.  She has come out with a seasonal accessory line.  Her goal is to raise $1,000 by October to sponsor a biopsy.  All proceeds will go to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.  Her site is fairly new, so all of her pieces are not up yet.  I managed to snag some from her just to give you an example of her work.

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