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To Inspire

Here comes my annual post regarding breast cancer awareness. I faithfully bought the Pink Ribbon Magazine two weeks ago. The magazine sets ‘Live pink to inspire’ as the red line of this 2010 edition.

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With this post I would love to contribute my little effort raising breast cancer awareness. One thing new I learned from an article in this rustique themed Pink Ribbon magazine is BRCA genes.

BRCA genes
There are two kinds of BRCA genes, BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. They are human genes, belong to a class of genes known as tumor suppressors. Mutation of these genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. A woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Men with these mutations also have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Women with BRCA genes
In The Netherlands doctors advise women with BRCA genes to consider removing the breast. In the magazine there are three women who preventively have had their breast removed. You can see pictures of them with the scar of the removal. Some have chosen to get an implant, one has refused it which was a very brave thing to do. Their stories are amazing. As it isn’t easy to show to the whole world you don’t have breast anymore due to BRCA genes. For most women breast is a symbol of being and feeling as female.

1 out of 8
1 out of 8 women in The Netherlands suffers from breast cancer. This a a lot. No matter how well organised the Dutch government is with breast cancer screening programme for women starting from 50 years old and older, this screening doesn’t guarantee 100% certainty. For those who take part in it 2 out of 3 cases of breast cancer will be detected. The rest is not traceable at the time the mammogram was being executed. Another reason is that the screening programme is not obligatory.

An annual reminder
By buying the magazine and supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation I am reminded year after year of this assassin. It could happen to us or someone in our surroundings. For women and girls out there, please do check your breast monthly after having had your period. Consult your doctor when you find a suspicious lump in your breast. Good medical treatments are available for breast cancer in early stage. The treatments have been made possible by numerous fundraising for breast cancer research, like A Sister’s hope does.

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