World Cancer Day (February 4) is dedicated to awareness and education regarding cancer in the hope it can save lives and stimulate action. According to worldcancerday.org, it “is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.”
Since 2009, resqme, Inc. has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to directly fund mammograms and research for the cure through the sale of its pink resqme tool.
The pink resqme tool not only helps fund breast cancer charities, it also increases the safety of motorists on the road in case of an emergency.
Consider the pink resqme tool on World Cancer Day and together we can save more lives.
resqme, Inc. is a firm believer in safety both on and off the road. Breast cancer awareness and education, especially for the month of October, is a cause close to our hearts. We’d like to share Eldine’s story after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and how she addressed it and hope it will educate women and men about breast health and the importance of early detection. Eldine has been a Family Practitioner for nearly 20 years specializing in comprehensive health care and lives in Hacienda Heights, CA. She is married and has two children. Eldine tells her story regarding breast cancer in her own words.
“I was excited to be 60 years old and feeling strong and in ‘good health.’ I had gotten hooked into hiking and loved it. I am not a very compliant patient and not into regular health maintenance even though I have a strong family history of breast cancer. My previous mammogram was normal 18 months prior so I had been confident about my health. When I had my mammogram in May 2012 the result was not a surprise, but something I did not want to have. The radiologist was very nice to me and did further mammogram views and an ultrasound that same day. I also had a biopsy that same day- sometimes you get special treatment if you are a doctor!
After the Diagnosis
I kept the news from my husband because I wanted to tell it to him personally. I did share the diagnosis to my two sisters first because I knew they wold be able to understand my feelings as they too had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was not scared to die, I did not want to – but I figured my children are old enough and I know they will survive on their own. I am happy with my life and career that if life ended that soon I am fulfilled. I told my children not to change their plans in life – like marrying sooner. I will not miss anything that I have not met – meaning future grandchildren.
The next few days went by in a blur. I kept the news to my immediate family. I did not want friends to ask me a lot of questions and I hated repeating the story. I told a few close friends the night before my surgery. For treatment, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction for these reasons: I did not want to worry about the other breast and I did not want to be ‘lopsided.’ Today, I am very happy with my decision. I strongly recommend reconstruction–boosts your confidence!
I am one of the fortunate ones who did not need chemotherapy and /or radiation. I am taking an oral medication for the next five years. My recovery went well, but I believe it was because I was also physically fit before my surgery.
Support and Advice
Going through this experience was easy because of my support group. My husband who did not worry about my appearance, but continued to tell me I am pretty. My two children were shaken with the diagnosis and especially my daughter because she can get it too, but they treated me well like I wasn’t sick. Prayers from my families, friends, church and patients were overwhelming. I accepted prayers from anyone no matter what their religious convictions were. That was very enlightening to me! I learned life is fragile and should be cherished. The experience helped me better understand my patients too and I can tell them what I went through.
My advice to everyone is to choose a healthy life style, follow regular health maintenance and stay positive. I thought of having a tattoo about my cancer, but when I was told I was free of the disease I did not need any permanent reminder. I am thankful daily that I am well.
We’d like to thank Eldine for sharing her story and hope our readers educate themselves on breast health. To learn more about early detection and breast cancer, please visit: National Breast Cancer Foundation
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work, visit: resqme Pink
Part of resqme, Inc.’s support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) during Breast Cancer Awareness month is to help spread important information about breast cancer and early detection. One aspect of that is understanding the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Below is some helpful information from the American Cancer Society and the NBCF about what to look for, or take note of, when monitoring overall breast health. Early detection is all about taking preventative steps. Lives can be saved by knowing the signs and taking immediate action.
From the American Cancer Society‘s website:
Widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms. Still, some breast cancers are not found by mammogram, either because the test was not done or because, even under ideal conditions, mammograms do not find every breast cancer.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is important to have any new breast mass or lump or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.
Other possible signs of breast cancer include:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. Swollen lymph nodes should also be reported to your doctor.
Although any of these symptoms can be caused by things other than breast cancer, if you have them, they should be reported to your doctor so that he or she can find the cause.
For more information about signs and symptoms of breast cancer as well as a more in-depth look at breast self-exams, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation site.
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work with breast cancer, please visit: resqme.com/pink
Today kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. resqme, Inc. is proud to work with breast cancer organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to help fund mammograms for those in need and early detection programs. Every October, various organizations ranging from medical and non-profit to government agencies work together to spread awareness about breast cancer to better share information and access to health services.
Since 2009, resqme, Inc. has provided a pink resqme tool to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in support of their initiatives. A portion of each sale of the pink resqme tool goes directly to the NBCF whose mission is to give mammograms for those in underserved communities, implement early detection programs, and provide diagnostic breast care services. Early detection is a key point for the NBCF. According to their site, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%.” resqme, Inc. believes in the NBCF’s work and hopes to continue helping them with their fight against breast cancer.
resqme, Inc. believes in saving lives both on and off the road and working with the NBCF was an ideal partnership. We can save lives by helping early detection programs and equipping drivers with the resqme tool. The pink resqme tool reinforces resqme, Inc.’s mission to spread safety awareness in all aspects.
Breast cancer affects everyone. Men, women, you, and me. We are all part of the fight against breast cancer and together we can save more lives.
The resqme team