When I first started to grow boobs I was dismayed. My areola, being HUGE from the get-go lead me to believe I was doomed to have tits that were ALL. AREOLA.
I mostly have grown into them but I still think it looks kind of odd. Whatever.
And, as I had 2 visits (one for a fall, one for teh Ovary of Doom) to the Kaiser ER within a 2 week period,Â I was repeatedly reminded by the helpful Kaiser nurses that it was time for me to have the old girls ‘grammed.
I’d memories of Mom having a bruise on her breast from her exams, and I wasn’t looking forward to it.
The most helpful suggestion I received was from my friend Dana whoÂ recommended I imagine that I was being mauled byÂ the known boobiemauler Gray during the procedure. This lead to my possibly being the first patient to giggle like a complete idiot while having her tit squashed between plexiglass and steel.
I was going to post this on the Thursday of the exam but I wanted to wait until the results were in, and so they are.
I’m all clear, for now. Thank Ganesha!
But my demographic is a troubling one for breast cancer.
Presented at the Southern Surgical Association 120th Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, FL, November 30 to December 3, 2008.
Received 28 September 2008; accepted 7 October 2008. published online 21 January 2009.
Determine the effect of race, socioeconomic status (SES) and other demographic variables on outcomes of patients with invasive ductal and lobular breast cancer.
Florida cancer registry and inpatient hospital data were queried for patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer from 1998 to 2002.
A total of 63,472 patients with breast cancer were identified. Overall, 90.5% of patients were Caucasian, 7.6% African American, and 8.7% Hispanic. African-American patients presented at a younger age and with more-advanced disease, 10.5% presented with breast cancer before the age of 40 years, and 22.4% before 45 years of age. African-American patients were less likely to undergo operations. Similarly, low-SES patients were less likely to have operations and presented more often with larger tumors. Stepwise multivariate analysis revealed a substantial drop in the hazard ratio for African-American patients once correction for stage of presentation was made, suggesting that disparities in breast cancer outcomes are, in part, a result of advanced stage at presentation. Race and low SES were independent predictors of worse prognosis when controlling for patient comorbidities and treatment.
Dramatic disparities by patient race and SES exist in breast cancer. Our study integrates previous smaller studies, providing comprehensive insight into African-American patients and their outcomes for breast cancer. Earlier screening programs and greater access to cancer care for the poor and African Americans are needed. Successful institution of such programs will not completely erase disparities in outcomes for breast cancer in African-American patients.
Abbreviations and Acronyms:Â AHCA, Agency for Health Care Administration, FCDS, Florida Cancer Data System, HR, hazard ratio, SEER, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results, SES, socioeconomic status
Breast cancer screening is important for ALL WOMEN. No fucking doubt. BUT. If your titties are black like mine, get yours screened carefully. If you are broke, find a free clinic andÂ get help. Take it seriously. Contact the United Breast Cancer Foundationand get that going. Or contact the CDC…they want you to be healthy, too!
I want you to have good news about your fabulous tatas, too!
Happy Healthy HNT!