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Touched by Twilight & Michael Welch Help Fight Breast Cancer!

April 4, 2009

source: Touched By Twilight

I received an email from Jill, Michael’s Publicist, about this great website that set a goal to donate one free mammogram each day in April to an underprivileged woman. Both Michael and TBT support this drive and we’re looking for YOUR help to make this goal a reality!

So how do you get involved?? Simple! Just click on the banner above to redirect you to The Breast Cancer Site. Once there, you’ll see a button on their page that says “Click Here To Give”. Push that button and that’s it! You assist in providing one free mammogram to someone who needs it and it didn’t cost you a thing!

How is this possible, you ask? The site displays ads of their sponsors after you click to give and those sponsors donate money to pay for the mammogram. Think of the impact we could make if we all just took a spare second every day to help those who truly need it. If you don’t feel the need to help on this, that’s your choice but I urge to you read the interesting information provided below:

Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in women, the first being lung cancer. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer. While there is no way to prevent it, knowing the risk factors and using early detection using methods (such as monthly self-breast exams and yearly mammograms) have been shown help stop the spread of cancer if detected early enough. Each year over 200,000 thousand women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States and over 40,000 women and 470 men die from this disease.

Mammograms detect cancer because cancer is more dense (thicker) than the normal part of the breast. It is the most effective way to find breast cancer early, up to 2 years before the lump is even large enough to feel. The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman should have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 years? Between 40 and 50 years of age, mammograms are recommended every other year. After age 50 years, yearly mammograms are recommended.

If you are currently unable to afford a mammogram and wish to find assistance in your local area, here are some helpful tips via Everyday Health:

  • Start by contacting your local American Cancer Society. 1-800-227-2345 – ask about clinics in your area that are offering them free of charge.
  • You can also contact the Susan G. Komen helpline at 800-462-9273. There are other such organizations, but these are the best to start with.
  • Call your local hospitals and clinics ask for their community information and find out if they will be providing tests there or at other clinics.Please remember that all of the above information has been pulled from various sites on the web. For more information in regards to breast cancer, mammograms, self-breast exams, etc. we recommend the following websites:
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Wikipedia: Breast Cancer and Mammogram
  • FamilyDoctor.org – A great site with diagrams of exactly where all the lymph nodes are located that you need to make sure to hit during a self breast exam.
  • Disclaimer: All information provided have been pulled from various sources on the web – we are not physicians nor are we trying to be. If you feel you need more information, please contact your physician. We are not, nor are we affiliated, with TheBreastCancerSite.com, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, National Breast Cancer Foundation or any other breast cancer organization. We are simply helping spread the word about breast cancer and how to get help if you need assistance in affording a mammogram. If you feel that any information provided is incorrect, please contact us.

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