I really should’ve linked y’all to some info, or talked a bit about, you know, breast cancer, instead of just slapping up a pink makeup look. I mean, pink makeup is cute, but….there wasn’t alot of substance in that post, you know? So, here’s some substance.
The Scar Project – a fantastic and really powerful project
-If you’re looking to donate, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is my favorite, for breast cancer. Otherwise, hit up that American Cancer Society. (Or your cancer-related charity of choice. Those two are just my personal faves.)
Check your boobs regularly. DO IT. If you’re a bit squeamish like me, maybe your partner will be (ahem) happy to help out. (Or more than happy. TMI, but TRUTH. Just as long as them puppies get checked, and regularly.) Remember that men can get breast cancer, too. Get mammograms when it’s time – I’m expecting to be told to get one any day now (I’m almost 32, I think 35 is when doctors usually start recommending it, and my doc is on the cautious side) – they might not be comfortable, but they’re better than finding cancer late.
ALSO, while we’re sort of on the subject: TALK TO YOUR FAMILY, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. KNOW YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY AND YOUR RISK FOR CANCER (VARIOUS FORMS, NOT JUST BREAST CANCER). CANCER IS A BITCH AND A HALF, BUT YOU CAN BEAT IT, AND YOUR BEST BET AT BEATING IT IS TO CATCH THAT FUCKER IN THE EARLY STAGES. I’m repeating myself here, but: know your family history and your risks, and talk to your doctor, and keep a fucking eye out. Risk of breast cancer? Self-checks, doctor’s exams, and mammograms. Risk of skin cancer? Start seeing a dermatologist, have them suss out your moles and shit. Risk of other forms of cancer? Well, KNOW WHAT YOUR RISKS ARE AND TAKE THE APPROPRIATE STEPS AND PRECAUTIONS – AND THEN KEEP IT UP.
There’s all sorts of cancer in my own family history, and I know too many people who currently have it, or had it and survived, or had it and died (and that’s the worst and makes me the angriest). I know my risks, I’ve discussed them with my doctor. Mammogram vs. undetected breast cancer? Smooshed boobs, every time. Colonoscopy vs. undetected colon cancer? Camera up my butt, let’s do this thing. You get the picture. I am dead serious, because cancer is dead serious.