This post is in partnership with Talbots. All thoughts and opinions however are my own.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Almost everyone I know has been touched in some way by their own (or their loved one’s) experience with this devastating disease (or any cancer really). And I’m sure you have similar experiences. Approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Over a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and nearly 41,000 die of the disease. In today’s post I am partnering with Talbots and Susan G. Komen® by showing you their lovely LuLu DK scarf. This scarf represents nature’s greatest gifts of color and beauty. And it is made with the goal in mind to reach the hearts of those who’ve been affected by breast cancer (whether directly or through a loved one). And through October, 20% of the net proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen® in providing the tools for early detection and education so we can put an end to breast cancer. So it ends up being money well spent when you buy this scarf!
WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer, just like any cancer, occurs when cells begin to divide and grow out of control. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body. When a cancer spreads to other parts of the body it is called metastatic disease. Overall, patients who develop metastatic disease have a poor prognosis, with very low cure rates. This is why early detection is essential!
WHEN TO START SCREENING FOR BREAST CANCER
There is much debate about when to start screening for breast cancer. Several major health organizations have concluded the modest benefits of mammography outweigh the risk of over-diagnosis and treatment. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends routine mammography for women starting at age 402 The American Cancer Society recommends starting at age 453 Weighing the benefits and risks, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend routine mammography for all women 40-494. The American College of Physicians recommends women 40-49 discuss the pros and cons of mammography with their health care providers.
Self breast exams can play an important role in early detection of breast cancer. If you find a lump, it is best to seek out the care of your physician. Other signs of breast cancer include nipple discharge, swelling of the breast, and changes in skin color. Itchy nipples, and painful breasts are also a sign. If you experience these symptoms, don’t ignore them and get the opinion of your doctor. It can make a difference in your life.
About the Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen® Foundation was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer for good. Susan G. Komen® Foundation was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names. But it has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. They have invested over $2.9 billion in research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs all over the world. Their efforts helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 40 percent between 1989-2016, which is amazing! Yet their mission isn’t over until they end breast cancer deaths for good.
TALBOTS LULU DK SCARF
You can offer your support for breast cancer research and education with the Lulu DK Scarf by Talbots. This limited-edition, 100% silk scarf created by the internationally renowned artist was inspired by the power of nature. 20% of net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen®. I have to say this is one of my favorite scarves too! This beautiful silk scarf is a large square size that allows you to style it several ways. The colors are gorgeous and vibrant too! This scarf would go so well with a number of items from the Talbots fall collection. I chose to wear it with their classic navy link stitch sweater. I love the color combination of gold, navy and pink. Wear it to the office, or wear it casually like I am with a pair of jeans.
The Lulu DK scarf is just one of five one-of-a-kind scarves in the Art of the Scarf collection by Talbots. 20% of the proceeds from each scarf from the collection will be donated to Susan G. Komen®.
I hope you found today’s post informative and inspiring! And by the way Talbots is offering 40% off all markdowns. You can save big on a large selection of fall items now through October 20, 2018.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
xo | April
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