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Ask a Nurse: Breast Cancer and You

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

Dedicated to my dear friend, Pat-your faith, courage, joy and love are a blessing to me!

I love you, friend.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Almost everyone can tell you of someone in their family, or someone they know, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is defined as, “cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipples) and lobules (glands that produce milk).”  It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. In 2012, it was estimated that there would be 226,870 new cases in females and 2,190 new cases in males. Deaths from breast cancer for 2012 were estimated to be 35,910 for females and 410 for males.

I’m sure you have heard of the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation. This foundation, began when Susan Komen’s sister promised her that she would do everything she could to find a cure for breast cancer. Since 1982, this foundation has raised almost 2 billion dollars for breast cancer research! There are many ways to get involved; one is to participate in a “race for the cure” event. To search for a race, go here.

Here are some facts about breast cancer:Continue reading