Origins of the Pink Ribbon

These days ribbons are worn for many different causes. Red signifies AIDS awareness. A yellow ribbon has long represented support for armed forces. However, one of the most prominent ribbon colors is pink, which aims to raise awareness of and support for breast cancer.

Pink is a color that is uniquely feminine, and it also represents a person full of health and vibrancy; think of little babies pink with life. Pink is also a color that seems the complete antithesis of cancer, and thusly inspires hope for renewed health and survival.
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Shopping for a Mastectomy Bra

Many women find that mastectomy offers the best option of ridding the body of breast cancer and preventing recurrence. Mastectomies can be done in different forms, from partial to total, where a portion or the entire breast is removed.

Women who have undergone a mastectomy procedure are often left with some deformity and scarring. Their breasts may be uneven or even totally removed. While there are some people who embrace their new breastless bodies, the large majority of women who have had a mastectomy prefer a method of camouflage that offers the appearance of natural breasts.
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Understanding Breast Cancer

Each year, Mother's Day in the United States helps shed light on the problem of breast cancer. Heightened efforts at raising awareness of breast cancer around Mother's Day include the cooperation of many corporations, including Major League Baseball, whose players use pink bats in a show of support for breast cancer victims and survivors.
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Stages of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer comes in many stages. The rate of survival improves the earlier the cancer is detected.
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Rare Form of Breast Cancer

Paget's disease of the breast is a very rare form of breast cancer, accounting for only about 5 percent of all breast cancer cases. It generally occurs in women over the age of 50 and affects the ducts of the breast, then extends to the skin of the nipple and areola. Because of its location and generally benign symptoms, many women mistake the cancer for a skin irritation.
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Making the Choice for Breast Reconstruction

A person who is experiencing breast cancer has many choices to make. If a mastectomy will be part of the treatment, one of the decisions may be whether or not to have reconstructive surgery.

Individuals who will have a partial or complete breast removal are likely candidates for breast reconstruction. Because this procedure is a reconstruction procedure, most health insurance plans will cover the expenses associated with the surgery.
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