Winning the Race Against Breast Cancer

If you think because you’re young you’re exempt of breast cancer, you’re wrong.

Today more often than ever, women in their 30′s are being diagnosed with breast cancer, some of them survive but the ones that don’t make it, the main reason is because they didn’t get a mammogram on time.

Learn how Clarissa Alba told her 7 year old daughter. Watch her video.

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Breast Cancer, Latina’s Worst Enemy.

 According to American Cancer Society, breast cancer affects 1 in every 8 women.

Just last year, 232, 620 cases of Invasive cancer were reported in the United States, 39, 970 of these women are expected to die from breast cancer.

12% of Latinas are diagnosed each year with breast cancer; it is the main cause of mortality (15%) The main reasons are:

  •  Breast cancer in Latinas is usually diagnosed at a very late stage because a big number of  Latinas don’t get a mammogram at least one a year.

 Helping To Save Lives.

 “Latinas should create awareness about the importance of breast cancer early detection,” says Adriana Cora, Vice Executive President of The League Against Cancer, who this year team up with the Give Hope campaign of Procter & Gamble and The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to help save lives.

Our goal is for help more women survive breast cancer and will do this by providing education about this disease and mammograms to women who need them,” says Monika Sakamoto, Manager of External Relations of Give Hope.

Although breast cancer incidence rate in Latinas is 27% less than in white women, a smaller number of  Latinas survive breast cancer because of carelessness.

Latinas tend to not follow up the results of a suspicious mammogram,” says Sakamoto.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Sunday, October 2 and Sunday, October 16, a GIVE Hope brand SAVER will be distributed in newspapers across the country, with discounts for P&G products, “For each GIVE Hope brand SAVER coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to NBCF – allowing consumers to give back, while saving money,” says Cora.

Don’t Be The Next Victims Of This Disease.

  • The American Cancer Society recommends every woman over 40 years of age to get an annual mammogram.
  • For women between 20-30 years old, a breast exam during their annual visit to the gynecologist is recommended.
  • If the woman has the cancer-inherited gen, should get a breast exam each year after turning 20 years old.
  • Learn how the breast normally feel and call the doctor immediately after noticing an abnormality.

What you should know about a Breast Self Exam.

  • Feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower.
  • Using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast.
  • Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
  • Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

Breast Cancer Symptoms And Signs

According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:

  • Swelling of all or part of the breast
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast pain
  • Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • A nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • A lump in the underarm area

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  1. Steve DeGrave says:

    Very informative article, from a vibrant, beautiful and positive young Latina wife and mom! She and others like her are true heros! Great examples of courage for all of us during a time of great personal trial.

  2. Laura Herrera says:

    This video was very very touching and makes you realize how important mamograms are. My love and prayers go out to Clarissa and her family. LAURA HERRERA

  3. Rosie Caranza says:

    It is hard to imagine that this could ever happen to you or to a loved one but it does. Reading Clarissa’s story has made me realize how important it is to get mamograms and to also do self examinations frequently. Being a wife and a mom myself it makes me feel even closer to her on fighting this battle. All my support and prayers go out to her.