My birthday is August 20th, the year and my age aren’t important (a lady never reveals her true age anyway), and this year I have created my own unique wish. It is very simple and attainable birthday wish. My wish is to get 1,000,000 people to help in the fight against breast cancer, by having them read this article. That’s right, it is that simple, all you have to do is read. It is completely free to help; there are no cash donations or fees of any kind. Every time someone views this article, it will increase the donation amount that will go to multiple breast cancer organizations, helping promote breast cancer awareness, get breast cancer patients the support they need, and find a cure. It is a new form of charitable donations that a small non-profit organization called CKG Charities started in late March of 2010, which I have been blessed to be a part of. (For more information on CKG Charities visit links listed at the bottom of the page)
Since 1,000,000 readers or viewers are a very high amount, I have released this article about a month prior to my birthday, to give it a legitimate shot of accomplishing the goal. So please tell a friend, refer or post the link to this page, I will need all the help I can get to accomplish my birthday wish. On August 21st, the day after my birthday, I will post the total amount of views and the amount to be donated. Breaking down how much will go to which breast cancer organization, with proof of donations to be posted shortly after. God bless you for helping in the fight against breast cancer, have safe and wonderful day, and come back regularly for updates on totals. Here are a few breast cancer facts and tips before you go.
Breast Cancer Facts
– Breast cancer has affected the lives of over 3 million women.
– 1 in 8 women or 12.08% are at risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes.
– Over 190,000 new breast cancer cases in U.S. women were estimated for 2009.
– Excluding skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers found in U.S. women.
– Since 1990, breast cancer related deaths have declined 3.2% per year among women younger than 50, and 2% per year among women 50 and older.
Getting Your Breast Examination
Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
It is recommended that women in their 20’s and 30’s should have a periodical breast exam performed by a health professional, at least every 3 years. Women 40 years and older, should have their breast exam performed by a health professional, yearly. During the exam, it is a great opportunity for you to learn how and what to do to perform a self breast exam, so pay close attention.
It is recommended that women age 40 and over should have a mammogram screening yearly and should do so as long as they are in good health. It is also recommended that you speak to your health professional about the benefits and limitations of adding an MRI to your yearly mammogram.
Breast Self-Exam (BSE)
Beginning in their 20’s, women should learn about the benefits and limitations of a breast self-exam. They should also get familiar with how their breasts normally feel and look, and report any changes to their health professional. It is also recommended for women to have their technique reviewed by their health professional, making sure you are performing the exam properly. If you are interested in performing a breast self-exam, here is a step-by-step approach.
Note: The best time for a woman to examine her breasts is when her breasts are not tender or swollen.
1) Lie down on your back and place your right arm behind your head. This exam is performed while laying down not standing up, because when lying down, the breast tissue spreads evenly over the chest wall making it much easier to feel all the breast tissue.
2) Use the finger pads of the 3 middle fingers on your left hand to feel for lumps in the right breast. Use overlapping circular motions to feel the breast tissue.
3) Use 3 different levels of pressure to feel all the breast tissue. Light pressure is needed to feel the tissue closest to the skin, medium pressure is used to feel a little deeper, and firm pressure is used to feel the tissue closest to the chest and ribs. It is normal to feel a firm ridge in the lower curve of each breast, but you should tell your doctor if you feel anything else out of the ordinary.
4) Move around the breast in an up and down pattern starting at an imaginary line drawn straight down your side from the underarm and moving across the breast to the middle of the chest bone. Be sure to check the entire breast area going down until you feel only ribs and up to the neck or collar bone. Note: There is some evidence that suggests that the up-and-down pattern (sometimes called vertical pattern) is the most effective pattern for covering the entire breast, without missing any breast tissue.
5) Repeat the exam on your left breast, putting your left arm behind your head and using the finger pads of your right hand to perform the exam.
6) After examining both breasts, stand in front of a mirror with your hands pressing firmly down on your hips, and
look at your breasts for any changes is size, shape, contour, or redness/scaliness of the nipple or breast skin. (Pressing down on the hips position contracts the chest wall muscles and enhances any breast changes)
7) Lastly, while standing up examine each underarm with your arm only raised slightly, so you can feel in this area for any lumps. The higher your arm is raised, the tighter the tissue gets, which will make it harder to examine.
Note: It is always recommended that your healthcare professional review the techniques performed in your self-exam. This will give you the opportunity to make sure you are performing the techniques properly or they may even recommend a different procedure for you to use.
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(The total is updated daily. All views from present day will be added on following day)
Views / Donation Amount
50,000 views = $75 Donation
100,000 views = $155 Donation
250,000 views = $400 Donation
500,000 views = $800 Donation
750,000 views = $1300 Donation
1,000,000 views = $2000 Donation
1,500,000 views = $3000 Donation
2,000,000 views = $4000 Donation
2,500,000 views = $5000 Donation
Estimated Donation Based on Page Views: Will Be Updated After $25 Donation is Reached
(The total is updated weekly)
Thank you for your support in the “Fight Against Breast Cancer”, but it doesn’t have to stop here. Always remember to do your routine breast exam and get a clinical breast exam during periodical check-ups with your doctor. There are several different organizations out there that can offer many outreaches, including early detection programs, support programs, charities events, and donations. Here are a few.
– Susan G. Koman for the Cure
– American Cancer Society
– National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
– National Breast Cancer Foundation
– Your Shoes 24/7 Breast Cancer Support Center
– Breast Cancer Awareness
Have a wonderful and blessed day and Thank You again for helping me with “My Birthday Wish”. Remember to tell a friend, pass the link along, and check back regularly for donation updates.
For more information on CKG Charities visit:
– CKGCharities @ Blogger.com
– CKGCharities @ WordPress.com
– CKGCharities @ Facebook.com
– American Cancer Society (Learning About Breast Cancer) http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-detection
– American Cancer Society (2009-2010 Breast Cancer Facts and Figures)