Monday, January 11, 2010

Taking Care of Your Breasts



(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Yesterday, I saw an interview with the fabulous actor Stanley Tucci on CBS Sunday Morning.  In the interview, Mr. Tucci spoke about the recent loss his wife of 14 years, Kate, to breast cancer on May 1, 2009.  Kate Tucci was diagnosed four years ago with Stage 4 breast cancer.  She left behind 3 children who Stanley Tucci is now raising by himself.  My mother was also diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ago.  She died only four months later.  Just last week, a viral message was sent to the female population on the social networking site FaceBook that asked women to post their bra color in their status update to raise awareness of breast cancer.  I complied and posted my bra color (it was red, btw).  Posting your bra color on FaceBook may have been fun, but not enough to make a difference in fighting this disease.  Early detection is the key.  If you catch breast cancer early, this disease does not have to be fatal. Please ladies, do your self-breast exam every month and your mammogram as recommended by your physician.  Taking care of your breasts can save your life.  If you don't know how to do a self-breast exam, please check out this link below.   

How to perform a breast self exam.

Copyright Romy Schneider 2010. All rights reserved.

2 comments:

  1. My new wife had stage 3 BC in 2007. At first, the doctors told Jean she was too young to have it (39 at the time), so they didn't pursue treatment. Fortunately, Jean didn't give up because she knew there was something wrong with her body. She pushed and pushed until the doctors agreed that she did indeed have BC. They operated and she's been free/cured for over two years now. Happy ending to a simple breast exam.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Jean's story Sean. Women at any age can develop this disease. Women under the age of 40 are not immune. The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) notes that there are more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. who were 40 years old or younger when they were diagnosed with breast cancer. If anyone thinks there is something wrong with their body, go find a doctor who will listen to you. In Los Angeles, I recommend the Breast Center at the John Wayne Cancer Institute located at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica founded by Dr. Armando E. Giuliano, who is my physician and where I get all of my mammograms.

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