Monthly Archives February 2013

March Check Your Boobies

March is a great month to CHECK YOUR BOOBIES:

– Enjoy a little linguistic fun. March forth and CHECK YOUR BOOBIES on the only day that is also a command! (March 4)

– Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish – CHECK YOUR BOOBIES on St. Patrick’s Day. (March 17)

– Do you prefer day or night? On the equinox, you have equal choice  of both, so CHECK YOUR BOOBIES at your favorite time! (March 20)

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date:  Feb 28, 2013 comments:  0
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Be Your Own Advocate

There’s been a study going around proposing younger women’s risk for breast cancer has been on the rise since the 1970’s. The study findings are worrisome, but don’t let them completely scare you. Keep in mind that there are many other ways to support how misleading it is. While the incidence rate for women ages 25 to 34 has statistically gone up, this may simply be owed to improved study measures, research pursuits recently targeting this group, and many other factors. One should also take note that the actual number of women under 40 diagnosed with cancer is about 800. Most importantly, early detection is the key to survivability and treatment. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much insight as to the cause of the observed increase in the study. You can find it in the latest issue of JAMA (Journal of Medical Association), NPR, and Seattle Times.

This brings me back to a CYB Party I went to a couple nights ago at a local women’s shelter. There, our breast health instructor Elizabeth said, “Don’t ever, ever hesitate to speak up for yourself. If you do the self breast exams regularly, you’ll know when something is not normal. Always take the very best care of yourself”, which is pretty much in line with what Alison Henning, the woman who inspired the study, had to say on the matter. I realize how important being proactive of my own health is, especially when I look back on recent doctor appointments and remember that I’m given something of a brush on the breasts rather than full clinical breast exam. I also felt a bit glanced over when only a handful of the hundreds of free/reduced cost mammography programs I compiled for a national resource list, offered these services to women my age. So what can you do? Be your own advocate.

Educate yourself.
Know your breasts.
Listen to your body.
Trust your intuition.
Act on it.

Check Your Boobies can send you monthly reminders via e-mail or text message! Sign up for reminders here! And with that, we end the second month of 2013. I don’t know why I’m counting but it seems that time is flying way too fast not to.

-Connie

date:  Feb 28, 2013 comments:  0
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A Month of Love

Have you seen our Facebook page lately? It’s been blowing up with new likes and fun pictures from recent parties! Our new intern, Christine, was our 1400th like, yay! As for twitter, well, I’m still figuring that little birdy out. We want to know what you think of Check Your Boobies! Show us some love here and @CheckYourBoobie on Twitter!

UCLA Gamma Phi Betas doing the standard CYB pose!

I’m still pouting over the fact that I won’t be able to visit Philadelphia and New York later this month to visit my sweetheart. We’ve had this trip planned for nearly 6 months and it all crumbled this past week. It’s okay, though. He’s coming to visit me in Seattle (again)!

❤❤❤

It would’ve been cool to see this iconic sign in all the romantic glory of this month. Instead, on Valentine’s Day, I’ll be focusing on landing a job and making sure everyone I know is checking their boobies! And perhaps get myself a little gift just because.

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

-Connie

date:  Feb 13, 2013 comments:  0
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