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Someone I know was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Chances are that rings true to some of you. That someone may be your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, co-worker, or neighbor. You do not know what to say to them, they need support and so do you. The first thing everyone needs to do is become educated. Educate yourself on risk factors and prevention, early detection and screening processes, treatment, and diagnosis.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast divide and grow without normal control. Between 50 and 75 percent of breast cancers begin in the ducts, 10 to 15 percent begin in the lobules and a few begin in other breast tissues.

Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. However, some tumors are aggressive and grow much more rapidly.

It is important to understand the difference between invasive breast cancer and non-invasive breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ (kar-sin-O-ma in SY-too)- Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

How to help! You may be a runner. Walker. Volunteer. Activist. Whichever route you choose get involved. Breast cancer is still killing and impacting the lives of our loved ones. This Mother’s Day I will be joining thousand’s of people in the Race for the Cure in the Twin Cities. Join me on May 13 or donate to help save lives here (personal fundraising page)!

To learn more about breast cancer:
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/How-To-Help/?gclid=CJLiv_-D6q4CFeUEQAod9DarLA
http://ww5.komen.org/Default.aspx

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