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Editor’s Note – Rhema Magazine Aug/Sept 2012

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Some journeys can seem to be an arduous undertaking, however, let us remind ourselves that the most daunting tasks are completed by taking one step at a time.  When we approach tasks with absolute dedication and diligence, success is all but guaranteed.  Our mind is one of our most valuable resources. It’s where our every thought is conceived. It affords us the luxury of dreaming big dreams.  It is where we can be creative, letting our imaginations run wild, with limitless potential.  It is where we should know no fear and feel no doubt.

Rhema Magazine has recently taken its first step and has now taken another step in the form of its sophomore publication. What began as a thought has now been put into action through the collaboration of some creative and dedicated minds. I read the first publication with joy and gratitude- grateful to God for planting the seed into the mind of its founder; grateful to the contributors and pastors for being receptive to the concept; grateful to our readers and supporters for embracing this venture.

I believe strongly the old adage “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”. Think of all the great thoughts your mind has conceived that you failed to execute. All the great dreams imagined in child like fashion. Think of those times before you stopped believing.  How do we remedy that? As believers, we need to examine and change how we use our minds. Our minds need to be renewed. Let us start by changing our thought processes, by believing in Him who believes in us.

Romans 12:2—“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”

Each of us has our own personal journey that we need to take at our own pace-journeys that may involve sacrifice and pain. It is imperative that we prepare ourselves for the setbacks and naysayers, but keep in mind that every step forward is a step closer to the completion of your journey. There is no reward in regression, no pausing for pity parties. The journey continues: there are many more steps to take, many more challenges to overcome, many more hearts to touch and many more lives to transform.  We have only just begun.

God bless!

 Valerie Brown

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

by Valerie Brown

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This yearly campaign is intended to increase awareness of this disease by educating the community on the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  Additionally, the mission of the campaign is to offer support to patients and raise funds for research.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the tissue of the breast.  An estimated 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, of which over 40,000 will die, making breast cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Of the 1,700 men that will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, 450 will die. Breast cancer masses in men are evaluated in the same way they are evaluated in women. Breast cancer can be noninvasive or invasive. Noninvasive means it has not yet spread to other breast tissues. While invasive means that the cancer has spread to other tissues in the breast.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Research shows that certain risk factors increase a woman’s chances of developing this disease.

Age: Getting older increases your risk for breast cancer. Women over age 50 account for the most advance cases and women over age 65 account for half of the women diagnosed.

Family History of Breast Cancer: Having a close relative (mainly a mother or sister) who has had breast cancer, puts you at a higher risk of developing the disease.

Weight: Your chances of developing breast cancer also increases if you are obese or overweight.

Diet & Lifestyle:  A high fat diet, lack of exercise, and consuming more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day, may also increase your risk for breast cancer.

Menstrual & Reproductive History:  Early menstruation (before age 12) or late menopause (after age 55) also increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

Other risk factors include: Having your first child at an older age, or not having any children, women who received hormone replacement therapy and women who previously received radiation therapy to the breast or chest area.

Breast Cancer Symptoms

Regular breast exams are critical to early detection of this disease, as there are no symptoms or pain in the early stages of breast cancer.

The common symptoms and signs include:

  • Fluid coming from the nipple
  • Change in the feel of the breast or nipple – nipple tenderness, lump in the breast or underarm area.
  • Change in the look of the breast or nipple- changes in the size or shape. The skin of the breast or nipple may look swollen or red with ridges that look like the skin of an orange.

There are various tests used to diagnose and monitor breast cancer patients such as: Breast MRI, Breast Ultrasound, Breast Biopsy, CT scan, and Mammography. The treatment of breast cancer is based on many factors, including the type of cancer and the stage of cancer. However, generally cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

Early detection is the solution to saving lives. It is critical that you assume responsibility for your health by becoming knowledgeable about this disease and also urge your loved ones to do likewise. Beginning at age 20, every woman should begin to perform self breast exams, and pay close attention to any changes in her breast. Women who are age 40-49 should have a mammogram every 1-2 years, while women age 50 and over should have a mammogram every year. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and following a low-fat diet, reducing alcohol intake, and quitting smoking are some of the ways to reduce your risk of developing this disease.

 

Sources:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

US national library of medicine-pubmed health