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.
Get Your Teen Ready for the Open Road
By Guest Author, Marcus Beatty
Younger drivers, those under 20 years of age, are three times as likely to be involved in an accident, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You have enough on your mind with a new teenage driver without worrying about the car your child is driving. You also do not want to purchase a brand new vehicle for a new driver. On top of educating your teen, your solution is to ensure that the vehicle your teen drives is safe and reliable.
How Mechanical is Your Young Driver?
Some teenagers have substantial mechanical skills, others do not. Take the time to educate your teen about motor vehicles. If you do not have the skills, find someone who does. Your teen should know the basics of changing a flat tire and jump-starting a dead battery.
Additional knowledge can further improve safety on the road. Your teen should learn the signs of potential brake failure. If the brake pedal begins to go to the floor, or the brakes are making loud noises, the vehicle should be inspected. Your young driver needs to be aware of how the vehicle handles. If the car becomes difficult to control, it should be pulled off the roadway.
How Safe and Reliable is the Vehicle?
Take a used vehicle to a mechanic you trust and have it inspected before you purchase it. This may not always be possible and not all issues are noticed on an inspection. When you are looking at used car safety and reliability ratings, check a few sources. You want to get unbiased opinions and accurate information.
Look at sources including Kelley Blue Book, Consumer Reports and even Forbes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a link that allows you to stay up-to-date with any safety recalls. You can also use a manufacturer’s website to determine if the vehicle has any special safety features, including additional air bags.
How are Your Young Adult’s Driving Skills?
Driving skills come with experience that beginning drivers do not have. This makes it all the more important for a vehicle to have reliable brakes and well-maintained suspension. Discuss possible mechanical failures with your teen and provide solutions. If the power steering fails, your teen should understand that the car could be controlled by using extra arm strength, with both hands on the wheel. If the brakes fail, your teen needs to look for a safe area to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Remind your young adult about the dangers of drinking and driving. Emphasize accidents caused by drinking and not using seat belts.
Add a Few Safety Measures
Give you teen a safe driving kit. The car should have a can of Fix-A-Flat or other temporary tire repair, a set of jumper cables and a quart of oil in the trunk. You teen also needs to know how to use these items. Finally, over emphasize the importance of not using a cell phone while driving. For young adult drivers, this includes not talking on a phone much less texting on one. Texting while driving is illegal in most states. Many states ban any cell phone use by new drivers.
About the Author:
Marcus is a retired social studies teacher and grandfather of 12 who blogs from his log cabin.
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
Some years ago, if someone you knew was diagnosed with breast cancer you likely had no words to soothe them. At best, you sent a friendship or loving cards along with sympathy gifts such as a plant or flowers. Back then a breast cancer diagnosis often meant that following an aggressive course of treatment your survival chances were not very good.
However, women organized to a degree seldom seen in combating disease. Numerous organizations and foundations started or shifted their focus to the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an event that occurred each October for the past 25 years under the auspices of the American Cancer Association. This event has been very helpful towards women doing self-examinations and seeing professionals if they feel anything out of the ordinary. Early diagnosis is the single most important factor in a good result from treatment.
This year, there is much good news to learn about breast cancer. Four top stories that you may not have heard yet follow.
About Double Mastectomy
Recently, Angelina Jolie made news when she revealed that she had a double mastectomy performed on her. She was only 38 years old when this occurred. Jolie had unusual reasons for making her decision. According to genetic studies that she had done, she was extremely high risk for developing breast cancer.
According to the latest scientific research, patients were tracked who developed early-stage breast cancer for four years following a procedure — lumpectomy, mastectomy, and double mastectomy — found that many women who had a double mastectomy did not need it and had a very low risk of developing cancer in their healthy breast. Women with a genetic pre-disposition, such as Angelina Jolie do better taking the offensive position of having both breasts removed before breast cancer develops. Without a strong family history of breast cancer or testing positive for mutations in the BRCA1 Or BRCA2 gene most likely does not need to remove their healthy breast. This decision should follow a thorough discussion with your health care provider.
In the past, physicians prescribed Tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocking drug, for up to five years for women who were treated for breast cancer. The drug, scientists believed, wards off new malignancies in the breast.
Research now shows that by continuing Tamoxifen treatment for 10 years significantly reduced risk of the return of breast cancer and death. These benefits apply mostly to women who started Tamoxifen before menopause began as post-menopausal women are treated with a different class of medications. Additional research is needed to discover how a ten-year course of treatment would affect post-menopausal women.
Use of Mastectomy Can be Reduced
Most women believe that even early stage breast cancer is best treated by mastectomy. This belief contradicts research that concluded that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy has the best outcomes. A study of 112,000 patients diagnosed with Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer followed patients for an average time of 9.2 years. The conclusion was that women who a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy had survival as good or better than women who had a mastectomy.
Targeted Breast Cancer Therapies Saves Lives
Through the 1970s, women had few choices in which breast treatment protocol they followed. Generally, all patients had a radical mastectomy and radiation therapy along with hormone therapy.
Today, medical advances using DNA-based test give physicians the ability to give patients customized treatment based on tumor biology. Tumor biology helps determine the likelihood of a particular treatment’s success as well as the risk for the patient to have a recurrence. By using these modern techniques, thousands of women may avoid unneeded and dangerous chemotherapy.
About the Author: Martin Carpenter
Martin is a paralegal focusing in the medical field.
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work with breast cancer, please visit: www.resqme.com/pink
resqme, Inc. is proud to work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Part of the NBCF’s mission is to increase awareness through “education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.”
According to the NBCF, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%*” One major aspect of the NBCF is encouraging women to create an Early Detection Plan. Part of that plan is to understand the following:
resqme, Inc. encourages you to develop your own Early Detection Plan and encourage your friends, coworkers, and loved ones to do the same. Saving lives starts with preparation. To make your own, visit: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work with breast cancer, visit: resqme.com/pink
*National Cancer Institute
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