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, September 24, 2013 | More Post by

 

Breast cancer is an older woman’s disease, right? WRONG! Breast cancer can strike anyone, male or female, young or old, family history of breast cancer or not. It’s definitely less common in younger women, but about five percent of new breast cancer diagnoses involve women under age 40.

We’re not telling you this to scare you. We’re telling you because we want to empower you to take charge of your breast health!

3 Things Every Young Woman Should Take to Heart

  • Get familiar with your breasts. Don’t be shy about touching them. That way you’ll be aware of changes early on. If you find a lump, don’t panic – most turn out to be noncancerous, but it’s worth finding out, don’t you think?
  • Listen to your body and to your intuition. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too young to have breast cancer. If you have concerns, see your doctor. Request an examination and additional screening that may validate or disprove your concern.
  • Don’t let fear of breast cancer keep you from taking the steps necessary to monitor your breast health. Ignoring the possibility of breast cancer won’t prevent you from getting it, but it may prevent you from catching it in its earliest stages when the survival rate is highest.

What we know now from experience, we want you to know ahead of time. Please take it to heart. It could save your life.

You’ve got a lot of people counting on you and so much yet to experience. We are living proof that breast cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence; it may even result in a new appreciation and enthusiasm for life.

For more information on managing breast cancer risk, read our: Things We Wish We Had Known. And if you’re confused about whether or not you should have a mammogram, you’re not alone. Beyond Boobs! weighed on the latest research: Younger Women Need Mammograms, says new study.

Our Boobers (people who have or have had breast cancer) and Boostiers (volunteers and supporters) are always up to something. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you up-to-date on what they – and we – are up to.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, what do you know now that you wish you’d known before? Leave a comment and let us know.

 

, September 13, 2013 | More Post by

 

Hope – Inspiration – Power – That’s what we’re all about and that’s what we want to share with you. At Beyond Boobs!, we break through breast cancer awareness into breast cancer ACTION, so we offer practical information you can use in your daily life.

Through our new Beyond Boobs! blog, H.I.P. Chick Chat, we’ll provide important educational material about breast cancer, share a few laughs, and encourage good conversation. We don’t want to talk at you; we want to talk with you.

The Beyond Boobs! mission is to heal and save lives by supporting young women diagnosed with breast cancer while providing breast health education for all. Using healing humor and our own quirky style, we live life with an exclamation point (!) instead of a period (.), and want to share that philosophy with you.

We’ll give you the heads up on big events like the Pink Carpet Gala and Run For the Hills. We’ll fill you in on our latest adventures, like when our boobers go for a spin on a motorcycle or jump out of an airplane just because they can. Now that’s worth sharing.

We’ll be showcasing inspiring guest posts from breast cancer survivors (our precious boobers), and those who love them (our generous boostiers). We want to hear from writers, health advocates, medical professionals, and anyone who has something to share.

Got a question about breast cancer or a suggestion for a post? Contact us! We’ll put it on our “to do” list.

Thanks for stopping by our H.I.P. Chick Chat. Bookmark us, come back often for our latest updates, and help spread the word. While you’re at it, connect with us on our social media outposts: Facebook/Beyond Boobs | Twitter/BeyondBoobs | Twitter/GoodHealthFairy | LinkedIn/Beyond Boobs