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Skincare Brands Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I know that so many of our readers are survivors themselves or know at least one man or woman who has had breast cancer in the past & even in the midst of treatments as Cheeky types. We are sending ALL of our love to you this month & frankly every month. If you would like us to remember your loved one this month, share with us their name and how wonderful of person they are or were in the comments below… HUGS!

As I am not all that well-versed in Breast Cancer or cancer in general, I found it very important to utilize several sources to ensure the most accurate advice and ‘best practices’ in this blog post. 99% of the time, I put my own spin to it and even create a ‘character’ to the skin condition at hand here on Cheeky, but this time I really want to take this seriously and touch upon a couple important items as your health truly matters to me. It always matters to me, but it’s different with such a delicate situation as this one –

  • Mammogram best practices
  • What to expect during your mammogram
  • Breast cancer statistics
  • Among some other goodies, like support organizations and how to better understand your mammogram results

Don’t worry, we’ll have a little ‘fun’ too because this month is a GREAT month to support women and men with breast cancer, specifically by way of skincare brands! YASSS!

Mammogram Best Practices 

Mammogram screening is an important step in taking care of yourself and your health. This low-dose x-ray allows radiologists to look for abnormal breast tissue. Mammograms can find breast cancer when it’s still too small to be felt during a self-exam.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk should begin yearly mammograms starting at age 40; women should begin yearly mammograms at 45, and they can switch to every two years at 55. Most important, all women—no matter their age—should let their doctor know if they experience any breast changes.

Your Mammogram Exam

Before Your Exam

  • Do not wear under-arm deodorant until after your mammogram.
  • It’s best to schedule your mammogram the week after your menstrual period. Make sure your breasts aren’t tender or swollen on the day you schedule your mammogram. This helps to reduce any discomfort and get a better picture at your breast tissue.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you can remove your top easily.
  • if you drink caffeinated sodas and coffee, try to decrease your caffeine intake for 2 weeks before your mammogram as it can make your breasts more tender, especially if you have cystic breast tissue.

#CheekyConfidential If you have previously undergone a mammogram, you should take your old scans/images/results with you, or ensure that your doctor gives the clinic access to the previous images.

During Your Exam

  • You’ll have to undress above the waist to get a mammogram. The facility will give you a wrap to wear.
  • A technologist will position your breasts for the mammogram. I read that you and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
  • To get a high-quality picture, your breast must be flattened. The technologist places your breast on the machine’s plate. The plastic upper plate is lowered to compress your breast for a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture.
  • The ‘procedure’ takes about 20 minutes. The actual breast compression lasts for just a few seconds.
  • 2 views of each breast are taken for a screening mammogram. For some women, such as those with breast implants or large breasts, more pictures may be needed.

The Results

If you don’t hear from your health care provider within 10 days, do not assume that your mammogram was normal. Call your provider where the mammogram was done.

Here’s a great resource to better understand your mammogram results

Statistics 

In the United States…

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.
  • There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
  • In the U.S. in 2018, there will be an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,550 cases diagnosed in men.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the most recent 10 years for which data are available, invasive breast cancer incidence rates were stable in white women and increased slightly (by 0.3% per year) in black women.
  • An estimated 41,400 breast cancer deaths will occur.
  • 480 men will die from breast cancer.
  • Based on the most recent data, the 5–year, 10–year and 15–year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer are 91%, 86% and 80% respectively.
  • The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27% for distant-stage disease.
  • Since 1975, the breast cancer 5-year relative survival rate has increased significantly for both black and white women. While a substantial gap remains, especially for late-stage diagnoses, the racial disparity seems to be narrowing. In the most recent period, the 5-year relative survival rate was 83% for black women and 92% for white women.

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018

Sand & Sky Flash Protection Exfoliating Treatment 

All through the month of October, 30% of the sales will go towards the Look Good Feel Better Organization.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

  • Supports The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign
  • For each purchase of this product, Estée Lauder will make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Donation per Purchase: 20% of the Suggested Retail Price
  • Start and End Dates: September 2018 – June 2019

La Mer Breast Cancer Awareness The Cleansing Micellar Water

La Mer will donate 30% from the purchase price of this limited edition, travel-size Cleansing Micellar Water with a maximum donation of $53,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® from 9/1/18 – 12/31/18.

Aveda Limited Edition Hand Relief Cream

Maximum donation of $325,000 U.S. to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) to support research focusing on environmental and lifestyle factors that possibly affect risk of breast cancer. Dates of promotion: 10/1/18 through 9/30/19.

Elemis Cleansing Balm

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elemis is offering a Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with every purchase of the Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm.

Interested in learning more about the brand, Elemis? Read our blog here on why we love it!

GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask

  • Supports The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign
  • For each purchase of this product, Estée Lauder will make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Donation per Purchase: 20% of the Suggested Retail Price
  • Start and End Dates: September 2018 – June 2019

Resources

  • American Cancer Society
  • Medical News Today
  • Susan G. Komen
  • Cancer.org

Most definitely, some content has been provided by the resources above. Images compliments of their respective brands.

If you or someone you know has Breast Cancer, here is a great list of support organizations you can rely on

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