Save Your Life - Knowledge Is Power!

The Science Fiction Buzz ran a raffle for a FREE copy of either the Stargate Atlantis or Battlestar Galactica Season One DVDs recently released.

Like the main character in Battlestar Galactica, the webmaster of the Buzz is a breast cancer survivor. We would be remiss if we didn't raise awareness of this life-threatening disease during October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We also realize that most folks aren't going to slow down and read this just on general curiosity. So we decided to make it a bit more exciting.

We had a winner: Nora M. Allstedt from California has won the WIN DVDs Contest and has chosen the first season of Battlestar Galactica.

Take Time For Yourself

We also encourage you to take care of yourself and listen to your body. Remember to examine yourself monthly, that men get breast cancer, too, and that knowledge is power. If you know what you're looking for, you stand a greater chance of finding and stopping this deadly disease before it becomes unstoppable.

Here are some statistics...

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year worldwide. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, approximately 211,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed invasive breast cancer (Stages I-IV). The chance of developing invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is approximately 1 in 7 (13.4%). Another 58,490 women will be diagnosed with in situ breast cancer, a very early form of the disease. Though much less common, breast cancer also occurs in men. An estimated 1,690 cases will be diagnosed in men in 2005.

It is estimated that 40,410 women and 460 men will die from breast cancer in the United States this year.

Lack of knowledge or just plain ignoring the problem solves nothing.

So what do you do?

Examine yourself on a monthly basis. Go here to find out how.Breast Cancer Self Examination in 5 Easy Steps

If you think you've found something, don't panic. Call you doctor and be clear that you have a lump in your breast (and don't do like I did and run to your gynecologist. They will only send you on to the Breast Cancer center)

Here's where you can get some more info on what's going on with your body.What are the symptoms?

Knowledge Is Power

Online Guides to Dealing With Breast Cancer
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