Breast Cancer: A History

So I know not everyone is as interested in history or the past as I am but I believe that part of awareness is knowledge and understanding what breast cancer is and how it effects us is key to being informed and active in the fight against it. In line with this I wanted to share a brief history of the cancer and how it has effected current treatment options as well as research.

Breast cancer has been with us for as long as we have recorded history. Because the later stages of it are so externally obvious ancient physicians were able to record it as a condition where many internal cancers would go unnoticed. Ancient Greek medicine believed in the Humors of the body and so suggest that the cancer came from an excess of black bile in the body. They named Cancer karkinos the Greek word for crab (this is why the astrological sign of the same name has a crab as a symbol) because the shape of the tumors reminded them of a crab.

In the 1600s and 1700s with the growth of the enlightenment movement and the beginnings of modern science, doctors began to look again at cancer and its causes. They noted that while the cancer was very rare (much more so than at current) it had a higher frequency in Nuns and so many believed that lack of sex could cause breast cancer. Still others thought it was related to depression or curdled milk (from not having children to nurse) or lack of child bearing in general. In 1757 surgery was suggested as a treatment to remove the cancer.

By the mid 19th century surgery was the only available treatment for breast cancer but developments in medicine such as antiseptics and anesthesia and blood transfusions made it so that woman were more likely to survive these surgeries which were excessive as they removed muscle as well as breast tissue. It was later discovered the removal of ovaries helped to shrink the tumors and so they were added to the list of things removed in these surgeries. (this is do to the fact that estrogen, made in the ovaries, helps to aid in cell growth though this was not understood at the time.) Later other estrogen production sites were removed as well the adrenal and pituitary glads.

In 1955 the cancers ability to metastasize or spread throughout the body was discovered, and chemotherapy was introduced in the 70s with much more conservative breast saving surgeries. by 1995 less than 10% of effected woman had a mastectomy, and many other treatments are being explored including hormone therapy and biological therapies. The Mammography helps to detect cancers early and we have isolated genes that can cause breast cancer.

Side Notes and Post Scripts: The reason nuns were more likely to get breast cancer and why the rate of  breast cancer has gone up in recent years is related to estrogen. In the past a woman would spend a large part of her adult life pregnant or nursing this reduced the number of menstrual cycles a woman would have. The rise and fall of estrogen in the body during a menstrual cycle encourages cellular growth and division increasing the chances one of those cells getting the right mutations to be a cancer.

Breast Self Exams have also had a bit of a controversial history because when they were introduced it was put upon woman to monitor their own heath and cancer patients were shamed if they allowed a lump to form. The back lash that emphasized compassion from doctors and clinical examinations as the front line detection with Self Breast Exams as a in between stop gap became the standard. However many still criticize the distribution of this information for failing to mention the need for regular exams by your doctor.


Hunt For The Cure Weekly Totals: Oct 13th 2013

We have our weekly totals for week two to share I was expecting to see some slow down as the month goes on but really everyone is just awesome I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to see how much we can do as a community! This includes all income from the dates of October 6th to the 12th

Now lets look at the numbers

Total this week: L$21,205

And our Top five Shops this week were:

*SLAVE* DreSSing RooM with L$910

Carrie’s Lingerie with L$480

=MODA= Designs with L$400

..::TaTToo PaRaDiSe::.. with L$310

Bitter Bunnie Designs and Surge both tied with L$220

Don’t forget we have the Tail Sale going on with some really fun offers as well as the limited edition pink tanks for sale 10% of which is being donated. Be sure to go check both out at :mused: Town Square (TP pad by the shop entrance)

Calcium Depletion in effect

Hey musers,

We are testing out phase one of the new calcium and production changes. (You can see the full post and discussion in comments here)

Starting today the calcium part of the discussed changes will go into effect.

  1. Users producing more than 10 liters  per day will be subject to additional calcium depletion.

    • 10% of your daily production over 10 liters will be deducted from your calcium.
    • Example: 18 liters produced in one day. 18L – 10L = 8L, 10% of 8 is 0.8. Your calcium depletion for that day will be 0.5mg for the standard daily deduction, and 0.8mg for your production for a total of 1.3 mg depletion.

This will be calculated at midnight SLT when the normal calcium depletion takes effect. Please note that while we have done our best to test this before putting it live, we can only do so much with out hitting everyone’s calcium to test it. So tonight will be that test. We appreciate all the feedback we have gotten on the suggested changes and welcome suggestions on how to improve any part of the game implemented or not so that we can improve the system to be as best as possible.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Self Breast Exams

Performing a Breast Self Exam or a BSE is one recommended way of helping to detect breast cancer early and increase the likelihood of recovery. The most effective way to detect breast cancer is by mammography, and a clinical breast exam can complement mammography screening. BSE should not be relied on as they only way to detect breast cancer but it is beneficial aid, it allows you to become more familiar with your body and what is normal for you.

check yourself no borderWe want to thank everyone who has been participating in The Hunt For The Cure both the vendors and the Hunters as well was those who have been donating so generously.

Hunt For The Cure Weekly Totals: Oct 6th 2013

We have our first weekly totals to share and I just want to say wow Thank you all so much we are seeing far more responses that I had hoped and I am so thrilled. You all are amazing! This includes all income from October 1st to the 5th.

Now lets look at the numbers

Total donated this week: L$38,417

And our Top five Shops this week were:

*SLAVE* DreSSing RooM with L$1840

..::TaTToo PaRaDiSe::..  with L$ 890

=MODA= Designs with L$ 836

Dreamz with L$ 740

Capacious with L$ 740

You guys are amazing! I mean really! Thank you all so much!