Saturday, February 16, 2008

Early detection is the way to go.

Almost every month since September, I've been dedicating a post supporting the fight against Breast Cancer. 

Current statistics say that 40,000 women die from breast cancer every year and that one in eight women either has or will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 

The best way to avoid death is early detection.

Essentially there are two types of breast cancer, in situ breast cancer and invasive breast cancer.

In situ (noninvasive) breast cancer refers to cancer that stays with*in* the *sit*e it originated - basically, the cancer cells haven't spread to the surrounding breast tissue. 

The most common type of noninvasive breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ  (DCIS).  DCIS is the earliest form of breast cancer that originates within the milk ducts and the cell haven't learned to go past the duct wall to surrounding tissues.  From what we've gathered from research, if DCIS is not removed and dealt with, a large percentage of women will develop a form of invasive breast cancer.

Mammograms are especially good at detecting DCIS because of the calcium that is left behind by the abnormal cells.

The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

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