1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with some stage of breast cancer in their lifetime. That number is staggering, and even with so many people actively committed to fighting breast cancer, either by volunteering their time or donating to help fund breast cancer research and awareness, there is still a great deal of work to do.
The most important thing everyone can do in the fight against breast cancer is to perform regular self breast exams. By being aware of our ever-changing bodies, it is easier to catch breast cancer early and save lives.
We have some great tips from Babeland on what you need to know to perform an effective self breast exam. It only takes 10-15 minutes, and by paying attention to your breasts and how they change throughout different times of the month, it is easier to detect when something may be wrong sooner.
How to Perform a Self Breast Exam
Lay down and place a pillow under your right shoulder, and your right arm under your head.
Using the three middle fingers of your left hand, massage your right breast with the pads of your fingers. Check the entire breast for any lumps or abnormalities. You can move in a circular motion, or up and down — just make sure you use the same motion every month.
Continue the motion, extending to the outside of the breast, and to your underarm.
Repeat on left side.
Next, repeat exam standing up, with one arm behind your shoulder as you examine each breast. Standing or sitting up allows you to feel the outside of the breast more accurately.
For added precaution, stand in front of a mirror and squeeze each nipple. Look for any discharge.
Take note of any dimpling, redness, or swelling.
If you notice anything unusual, contact your doctor as soon as possible. It may be nothing to worry about, but it’s better to know than to wonder.
Self Breast Exam Tips
You can do a portion of the exam in the shower. Incorporating it into a normal activity can make it easier to remember to do, and less of a time constraint.
Do the self breast exam every month at the same time. Menstruating women should perform their exam a few days after their period. Women taking oral contraceptives should do the exam on the first day starting a new pack of pills. Remember to mark your calendar to remind yourself if you need to.
Report any changes in your breasts to your physician, even if you think it’s minor.
Remind your friends and family members to do their self exams, too!
Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Babeland is donating 20% of every sale of their Pink October toys to help fund mammograms for women in need.
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Lifetime is widely known as the women’s television network and during October, breast cancer awareness month, they will be integrating breast cancer-themed story lines into some of their most popular original shows to raise awareness about breast cancer and the severity of this type of cancer that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with in their lifetime.
As part of the weigh-in process on DietTribe, health expert and fitness trainer Jessie Pavelka talks to this season’s new team of women about the importance of staying healthy to help prevent breast cancer.
On Rita Rocks, Hallie walks in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to support research to find a cure for the disease. Hallie also walks away with a pink Vespa scooter.
Be sure to tune into Lifetime’s prime time shows and also sign their petition to pass the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, legislation that would ensure the end of so-called “drive-through” mastectomies when women are forced out of the hospital only hours after invasive breast cancer surgery. You can also reach out to your member of Congress by calling the US House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 225-3131. To find your representative in Congress, go here.
Linda Fleming, a 66 year old woman with terminal cancer has become the first person to die with dignity under Washington state’s new assisted suicide law, Death with Dignity, which took effect in March. Fleming died at home with her family, her dog, and her physician at her bedside after taking a lethal dose of prescribed drugs.
The new law was approved last November with nearly 60% of the vote in favor of passing the assisted suicide law. Under the law, in order to end your life you must be at least 18 years of age, declared competent, and be a state resident. Two doctors would have to certify if the patient has a terminal condition and six months or less to live. The patient must make two oral requests for the procedure, 15 days apart, and make a written request witnessed by two people.
For physicians and pharmacists who are opposed to the law, they are not required to write or fill lethal prescriptions and even some hospitals have opted out of the law, which precludes their doctors from participating on hospital property.
Assisted suicide has been a controversial topic for many generations, but it is great to see a state that is giving its citizens a way to have control over their own fates; someone who has less than six months to live and who is suffering astronomical amounts of pain due to their illness, I believe, has every right to die in a manner that they see fit. We see a great deal of cases where patients are in too much pain than they can handle and who want to die; the least we can do is give them a compassionate and dignified way out.
What do you think? Do you want to see other states introduce assisted suicide laws?
We bring up the topic of sex toys quite a bit. What toys are out there, what they do, how you can use them, how you can use them with your partner and so on. Now, when on the topic of sex toys, there is also this unspoken list of things to remember when operating light machinery and on that list is never, ever attach a sex toy to a saw blade.
You would think that would just be common knowledge, however, in Lexington Park, Maryland, a 27 year old woman was airlifted to Prince George’s County Hospital Center due to injuries caused by a sex toy attached to a saber saw blade.
The man who called 911 about the incident admitted attaching the sex toy to the saw and then using the high-powered, homemade device on his partner, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The saw cut through the sex toy and wounded the woman. While the wounds were severe enough for immediate, emergency attention, the woman is now said to be home and recovering from her injuries. The woman is also on the record saying that the sexual acts were consensual, and that she and her partner were trying something new and no crime was committed.
I am willing to bet this woman will never allow her partner to think up fun things to try with sex toys again.
China has recently banned actors and any “non-accredited personnel” from appearing in advertisements for drugs. This recent ban is part of China’s broadcast watchdog, the State Administration of Radio Film and Television’s agenda to clean up the country’s famous advertising industry that has been an ongoing battle in recent years.
Fake drug and food quality scandals are plaguing the country and this specific ban went into effect after numerous scandals broke out over the past two months regarding the health of Chinese people in several provinces due to fake drugs marketed by non-professional medicinal personnel.
A Chinese internet user late last month exposed 12 fake “experts” selling medicine under various disguises and named on television stations in Shandong province which sparked an online uproar over false endorsements. Earlier this month Chinese police arrested at least five people in connection with a fake diabetic drug linked to the deaths of at least two people and sold to thousands of patrons in several provinces. China has also sentenced two men to death for their role in making and selling milk tainted with melamine (an industrial compound) where at least six children died and nearly 300,000 people fell ill after drinking toxic dairy products last year.
The specifics of China’s new ban includes that non-accredited personnel would be banned from such advertisements and other health programs carried on television and further breaches would see advertisers and companies’ advertising licenses revoked and “temporary suspensions of sales for their medicinal products.”
The Senate approved a bill to expand and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program in a 66 to 32 vote and President Obama plans to sign this legislation into effect. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provides health insurance to children from low-income families who cannot afford private health care but do not qualify for federal Medicaid. SCHIP currently provides health insurance to more than 7 million children and passage of this legislation expands the program to cover 4 million more children, including for legal immigrants.
In the most blatant of terms, SCHIP provides health insurance to children of families who are stuck in the middle–Not poor enough to be considered for federal insurance, but too poor to even think of the possibility of purchasing insurance from private and major companies. It has been an unfortunate situation, to say the least, to exist in the middle of the spectrum as far as income goes, so often putting families in damned if you do, damned if you don’t positions.
According to the New York Times, the SCHIP Expansion Bill is a version of the same bill that was vetoed twice by ex-President Bush.
No matter what your plans are for this upcoming Valentine’s Day you can always make it a little sweeter and your sweetheart will be glad you did. This delicious chocolate body paint will have your honey clawing the bedsheets as you lick it off.
You will need:
17.05oz high quality dark chocolate (semi-sweet or bittersweet) chopped
1/2 bunch mint, finely chopped
1 chili pepper, finely chopped
double shot espresso
1. Divide cream into 3 indivdual pans.
2. Add mint into 1 pan, chili into the second pan and espresso into the third pan.
3. Slowly warm each pan to a near simmer and remove from heat allowing flavor to infuse for 15 minutes.
4. Place dark chocolate in a small bowl and set over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir this constantly until chocolate melts.
5. Remove pan from heat.
6. Divide chocolate into 3 small pots.
7. Return pans of cream to heat and once hot, strain each pan of cream into 1 chocolate pot, creating 3 separate flavored chocolate body paints.
Get a soft paintbrush and let your imagination take over!