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"It's good to have breasts," commented a friend when I mentioned some help I was getting from another male friend. Though I believe people are helpful towards me not because of my breasts, I don't know what I'll do without them.

I'm guilty of not doing self-examination of my breasts, preferring to leave it to the doctor or a member of the opposite sex. Many women find out about lumps in their breasts only when their partners felt the lumps. Unfortunately, ignorance is not bliss. Some lumps are harmless. But sometimes they're not and some women find out too late. My aunt suffered from cancer. It started with her breast and then it spread to other parts of her body. My good friend's mother, who makes unbelievably good Shepherd's pie (pardon me for thinking about food and breasts), was diagnosed with breast cancer but thankfully she said she made a full recovery after her operation when I met her mother early this year.

Here's a truck you might see on the road!





It's my friend's new company truck! Isn't it pretty?
MIC Plastics
He figured since he was going to decorate the truck he should support a worthy cause like the Breast Cancer Foundation. (Decorating the truck was paid for by him.)

(You might remember he helped me when I moved to my new place.)

If have a truck you want to decorate, I can put you in touch with the right people, otherwise you can do your part by spreading the word... or hands.


Instructions on how to do breast self-examination
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9 comments:

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Your friend's truck is delivering a needed message.

I am surprised that someone as health aware as you are do not do regular self exams. I help my wife check her breast for lumps and often that leads to a little fun.

Perhaps you can find someone to help you have a fun exam.

David

I believe in God like I believe in the sun rise. Not because I can see it, but because I can see all that it touches.

-- C. S. Lewis

Anonymous said...

It's good to see people around with a social cause, furthermore, spending one's own money to decorate a truck for a social cause.

Anonymous said...

Start dating this friend already!

Darren said...

Your friend name is it Michael? I had some business dealing with him.

Darren said...

Your friend name is it Michael? I like his teochew hahaha

GENE said...

Whenever a woman goes for a mammogram diagnosis, she can expect to have her breast cancer risk increased tremendously. Impossible? Mammogram radiation is approximately 1000 times more powerful then X-ray itself. Whenever the 'twins' are being squeezed together during the mammography process, it will 'activate' the breast 'cancer' tissue which was stimulated by the estrogen levels in the body. Thus, the cancer cell in the breast will spread throughout the breast area and possibly to other parts of the body. One of the main reason why it will increase breast cancer is due to the amount of radiation being exposed by the mammogram, causing huge amount of free radicals in the 'exposed' area.

David said...

Gene,

Why is Gene spreading misinformation about an important and proven life saving procedure.
An annual mamaogram exposes a women to 0.7mSv or x-ray radiation, the equivalent of 3 months worth of background radiation.

Radiation is every where. Bananas have
radioactive K-40 has an isotopic abundance of 0.01% and a half-life of 1.25 billion years. The average banana contains around 450 mg of potassium and will experience about 14 decays each second. It's no big deal. You already have potassium in your body, 0.01% as K-40. You are fine. Your body can handle low levels of radioactivity. The element is essential for proper nutrition.

Here is why mammograms are important to women; Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.

From: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=mammo

Properly conducted mammograms, CT scans, chest X-rays along with other X-ray studies have saved far more lives than one can count.

David

Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer.

-- Ed Cole

GENE said...

David,

Comparing radiation level between banana and mammogram is utterly unbelievable. I'm sure you have not heard of Thermography (thermal imaging). Thermography is a much more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer, and DO NOT involved radiation.

"Ignorance can kill you, or contribute to miserable life".

Arthur Schoenhauer a German philosopher 200 years ago said,

All truth goes through three stages:

First it is ridiculed

Then it is violently opposed

Finally it is widely accepted as self evident

David said...

Gene,

Your POV is welcome. Thermography has a place as an adjunct to Mammoagraphy.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/mammograms

along with -

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/screening.htm, and

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November157.xml&section=theuae

Recommend mammograms for primary breast screening!

There are new technologies on the horizon; several new technologies to detect breast tumors. This research ranges from methods being developed in research labs to those that are being studied in clinical trials. Efforts to improve conventional mammography include digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning.

You missed the point regarding bananas.
Eat a banana and you have ingested radioactive K-40.

Radiation is everywhere even in bananas, one cannot avoid radiation, and without radiation life itself would never have started.

David

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Winston Churchill