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  • 04.03.2016
  • 532 kez okundu

“Meme kanserinde en kolay ve etkili tedavi, hastalık erken evredeyken gerçekleştirilebilir…”

Eight years ago when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. A new page in my life started to take hold of me. I quickly became passionate about looking to understand more about Breast Cancer, Awareness and Research. I felt consumed by it, researching, buying items that gave a portion of the proceeds to the cause, donating to the cause, attending functions in support of the cause. Why? Well, my Mom, who is just 60 years old and has never been sick a day in her life was diagnosed with Breast Cancer seven years ago. It was completely unexpected. She had noticed nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, had she not had her mammogram in that summer, it may not have been found until it was too late. My mom faced the horrific decision no woman wants to make – lumpectomy or mastectomy? She had just one week to make her decision. It was awful to see my Mom go through this and started talking to my self…. asking why should she have to be dealt this most disturbing diagnosis?.

After realizing that we must act right away I did as much research and met with her surgeon to discuss her options. Her surgery was on within two weeks after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a painful recovery from surgery, but at times, her therapy treatments were even more difficult to live with. So Every year I stand with ones who dedicate the month of October to focus on breast cancer and to reaffirm the commitment to eradicate like my friend Joe’s sister Allison Tredici Carney.

But for thousands of American and Turkish women and their families and friends, breast cancer is a devastating reality that casts a shadow over their lives every day. In this decade alone, nearly half a million women will die of breast cancer, and more than 1.5 million new cases of the disease will be diagnosed. The greatest weapon in the crusade against breast cancer is knowledge; knowledge of its causes and knowledge about prevention and treatment. For women or man to check themselves regularly and to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease is paramount.

My Mom always reminds her friends that women need to get into a routine and check themselves showing their breasts some tender loving care by regularly touching, looking for changes and checking anything unusual out with your doctor and attending breast screening if you are over 40, are the best ways to ensure this. Checking your breasts isn’t complicated and there’s no need to follow a fancy routine . Checking for breast cancer saved my moms life to now enjoy her granddaughters my Selin and our Yasemin after waiting 19 years to hold them in her arms. Check your self and having regular mammogram’s could save your life too.

Catch Breast Cancer Early with Self Examination and Screening is the key so Early Detection is the Best Protection, Against Breast Cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am urging all women do not neglect to examine yourself and have your yearly breast examination. If you’re a woman older than 40, get a mammogram. Be aware. You can take control of your risks. My message to all is to be very supportive and you must remember, the person with breast cancer is the same person you loved before the diagnosis.

Who can you call to learn more about Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society established a nationwide cancer information line at

Call: 1-800-227-2345 Through this service, the American Cancer Society can respond to your needs

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.…

Dear Mom: I wanted to just say that I love you so much.

Everything I am – I owe to you mom.. You worked and continue to work so hard to give us a home and an upbringing with respecting others.

Mom, I love so much, I will always be with you as you go thru this incredible healing journey.

My Mom and I thank all our friends for all their endless support as the healing process continues.

Ibrahim Kurtulus

Staten Island Community Activist


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