Monday, June 21, 2010

“I’m this healthy person, I’ve been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?” tennis legend Martina Navratilova said. “I was devastated,” she told ABC television’s “Good Morning America” on being diagnosed in February, when a routine mammogram revealed a cluster in her left breast.

The former world number one said she had intended to keep the news quiet but changed her mind when she realized she could persuade other women to go for check-ups.

Getting a mammogram can help find the cancer early.

“The sooner you catch it, the better,” she said. “So get the bloody mammogram.”



Have you ever had a screening mammogram? Admittedly, although breast cancer is the number one killer of women in Malaysia, I have never had a screening mammogram. Oh wait, I am still under the age of 40!

The National Cancer Institute recommend that women age 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years as the older a woman is, the greater her chance of developing breast cancer. And, more than 90% of all breast cancers are detected by mammogram.

Cancer is a scary word. But breast cancer is not a death sentence and every day there are more breast cancer survivors due to advances in treatments and drug therapy. Regular screening is the best way to find breast cancer early in most women. If you are at higher risk you may need mammograms at an earlier age or more often.

Don't let fear stop you from being screened! I know some women are terrified of getting mammograms, in worrying about get undressed, put on one of the exam gowns, go through the embarrassing motions of exposing first one breast, then the other to the clinician and the cold machine, get redressed, and wait the anxious days until you get the all clear signal. But, hey, mammograms can detect cancer in its very early stages and they do have the potential to save your lives.

Anyway, for those privacy-conscious patients, a move has spearheaded wherein patient exam gowns have been planned to be redesigned. For when patients' dignity is by far an important consideration, making sure that they are treated in a very respectful manner is their first way of coping up with their illness. And all these begin with what they wear in the hospital.

By the way, men can get breast cancer too. Please check your breasts today!


63 comments

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:01 AM

:* :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:01 AM

*DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:02 AM

O:-) O:-) O:-) O:-) O:-)

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:04 AM

Scary right? I know it's hard to talk abt but once in a while a reminder like this is good, thank you Monica! :* :* :* :*

LadyJava said... @ 23/6/10 2:04 AM

:* :* :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:05 AM

LOL @ ur pic Mon he he.... =-X =-X ;) ;) ;)

LadyJava said... @ 23/6/10 2:05 AM

I totally agree with this mamogram thing Mon.. though i thought it was 50 and above? hmm... alamak i should do my mammogram already kah?

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:09 AM

Mariuca! :* :*

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:10 AM

u FC!! :-D :-D

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:13 AM

:* :* :* Yahoooooo one more point on ur FCSB!

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:14 AM

scary to da max!! u're welcome sweetie! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:14 AM

:-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ looks like it LJ!

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:19 AM

yes.. one more point! :* :* :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:20 AM

Dis DPB SR?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:21 AM

LJ! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:22 AM

not SR but DPB! :-D

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:24 AM

40 and above, LJ!! not 50 and above.. yeah u should do ur mammogram already :-P

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:26 AM

hehe which pic Mariuca? :-D :-D =-X =-X

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:27 AM

I got one SR PB but won do anytime soon lol...

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:27 AM

:* :* :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:27 AM

Tied with LJ edi at 4 points yeeeha! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:31 AM

haha yeah tied with LJ edi woot! :* :* :*

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:33 AM

I got one SR PB oso...7 days right? :-D :-D

Bill said... @ 23/6/10 2:35 AM

Hmmmmm men can get breast cancer *DONT_KNOW*. Maybe i should check my right now :-P. But really that is a serious thing that should not be neglected. :*

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:36 AM

Yay me for being SSG, caught up from itlog mid month! :) :) :) :)

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:37 AM

LOL yeah SR 7 days!!

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:40 AM

yes Bill men can get breast cancer too..yeah u should check urs right now!! :-P :-P :*

Bill said... @ 23/6/10 2:40 AM

;) ;) ;)

Mariuca said... @ 23/6/10 2:41 AM

Da cartoon one of coz lol! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:44 AM

:) :) :)

Bill said... @ 23/6/10 2:47 AM

Ok Mon let me see hmmmmmm *DONT_KNOW* oooooppppsss i forgot i am at work have to button up my shirt hahahahaha :-P

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:56 AM

hahahahahah Bill! ok go home and check urs later :-D

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:58 AM

ohh da cartoon one! :-D :-D :-P :-P

Monica said... @ 23/6/10 2:59 AM

yay no more itlog! ;) ;)

tekkaus said... @ 23/6/10 6:28 AM

They say once you have active sexual lifestyle you need to have mammograms test. :/

tekkaus said... @ 23/6/10 6:28 AM

Or when you have already kids. :(

So many diseases nowadays.

* Michael * said... @ 23/6/10 8:34 AM

Mon you should start have a screening mammogram even before 40. 8-) 8-)

* Michael * said... @ 23/6/10 8:35 AM

I do my self-checking too! Everyday!!!! To make sure that they are still there.... muhahahaha :-P :-P :-P :-P

* Michael * said... @ 23/6/10 2:06 PM

Have done todays' check too! =-X =-X =-X

Bluedreamer said... @ 23/6/10 10:07 PM

hi mon i'm back

Bluedreamer said... @ 23/6/10 10:08 PM

i wish everyone is aware about this mammogram and the advantage of it to every individual to avoid the risk of breast cancer

Bluedreamer said... @ 23/6/10 10:08 PM

just like what they said.. prevention is better than cure...

Bluedreamer said... @ 23/6/10 10:09 PM

is there mammograms for men too???

Bluedreamer said... @ 23/6/10 10:09 PM

i think only for men with big breast LOL

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:14 AM

oh really? I didn't know that :-P :-P

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:33 AM

yeah women who give birth to their first child after 30 and women who never have children, are at increased risk of breast cancer! :(

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:34 AM

yeah women who give birth to their first child after 30 and women who never have children, are at increased risk of breast cancer!

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:38 AM

really? I should start now?? =-O =-O *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:41 AM

hahahhahahhah!! :-D :-D :-D

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:44 AM

LOL! hmmm I don't know how to perform a breast self exam! :-[ :-[ =-X =-X

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:44 AM

Hi Bluedreamer!! welcome back ;)

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:50 AM

yeah some women are not even aware of this..

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 1:51 AM

I agree!! :)

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 2:14 AM

hmmm there are no screening mammogram studies in men that I'm aware of..

Monica said... @ 24/6/10 2:17 AM

ROTFLMAO!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D

Life Ramblings said... @ 24/6/10 7:34 AM

It's rather difficult when someone you love has cancer, not only breast cancer. It changes the whole environment of the family. We must all be well informed to survive this.

Life Ramblings said... @ 24/6/10 7:34 AM

thanks for the eye-opening post Mon. :)

* Michael * said... @ 24/6/10 2:26 PM

Hmmmm.... cannot say out loud ;) :-P :-P

Monica said... @ 25/6/10 5:17 PM

okok shhhhhh... =-X =-X =-X

ayie said... @ 26/6/10 1:32 PM

i had once when i was a teenager coz i was feeling a certain lump and pain but it was nothing...trhank god for that

Monica said... @ 27/6/10 6:11 AM

indeed!

Monica said... @ 27/6/10 6:11 AM

no prob LR! :)

Monica said... @ 27/6/10 6:13 AM

oh my.... thank God indeed!!!!!!

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