Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Prayer Request/Breast Cancer Awareness

My sister-in-law, Mary Margaret Williams, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is 31 years old and a mother to two beautiful children, Jacob (4) and Lily (1). Please remember her and her family in your prayers. I will be posting updates as we have them.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you :

1. Know your risk
Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened
Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk
Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting
at 40

3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider right away if you notice any of
these breast changes:
Lump, hard knot or thickening
Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
Change in the size or shape of the breast
Dimpling or puckering of the skin
Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
New pain in one spot that doesn't go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
Maintain a healthy weight
Add exercise into your routine
Limit alcohol intake

Learning how to do Breast Self-Exam

Women who choose to do breast self-exam should learn how to do so correctly. To find out how to do breast self-exam, ask a health care provider, call the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® breast care helpline, 1-877 GO GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or click here for step-by step instructions.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Please know that your sister-in-law is in our prayers.

Thanks for the reminders.