Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, second only to skin cancer. It is estimated that about 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. According to The American Cancer Society, the incidence of death from breast cancer has declined about 2% per year since 1999. That's great news, alhough it doesn’t mean you’re any less likely to get it.
Here are some of the several risk factors that put a woman at a high risk for developing breast cancer -- some may surprise you:
- Having had breast cancer increases your risk of developing it again.
- A family history of certain types of breast cancer, particularly in your mother, daughter, or sister
- Having a genetic defect in the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, which can be detected through a test often performed for people with a significant family history of breast cancer.
- Heavy alcohol use
- Eating lots of red meat
Education is empowerment, and the more women talk about the need for self exams, regular check-ups, and annual mammograms, the more lives will be saved through early detection.
Strawberry Pink Ribbon Cake
1 package (18.25 oz.) white cake mix (no pudding in the mix)
1/2 cup sour cream
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Rose Icing Color
1 package (16 oz.) thawed frozen, sweetened strawberries, pureed
3-1/2 cups buttercream icing or white canned decorator icing
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray ribbon cake pan with vegetable pan spray.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream, egg whites, oil and, if desired, icing color with electric mixer. Beat on high 2 to 3 minutes; gradually add pureed strawberries. Continue mixing 2 to 3 minutes or until well blended. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.
Cut cake board to shape; cover with Silver Fanci-Foil. Tint 1-1/4 cups icing pink. Position cooled cake on prepared board. Spatula ice sides smooth with white icing; spatula ice top fold area of ribbon smooth with pink icing. Outline ribbon in pink with tip 4; fill in with tip 16 pink stars. Pipe tip 18 white shells on bottom border.
Serves Makes 12 Servings
Decorating Tips: 4, 16, 18
Rose Icing Color
13x19-inch Cake Board
White Ready-to-Use Decorator Icing
OPI has created a Pink of Hearts polish especially to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each bottle has a special pink-ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness. In 2008, OPI will be making a donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. For more information, go to www.nailsmag.com/fifi/21507
China Glaze packages three lovely pink polishes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Rich & Famous, St. Tropez, and Temptation Carnation. A portion of the proceeds go to speed the cure for breast cancer. For more information, go to www.nailsmag.com/fifi/21513
Please support either through donation, the purchase of merchandise or by attending special fundraiser events. There are breast cancer networks around the world.
CIBC Run for the Cure - Toronto 2008
For all the mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and nieces in the world affected by breast cancer, think pink and get involved to raise some money in aid of fighting breast cancer.
Please go and visit our lovely hostess of Pink Saturday,
to see so much more pink eye candy.
Thanks for stopping by
and don't forget to THINK PINK!!
Hugs xOxO Nerina :)