Monday, March 28, 2011

Cancer Screening for Women

This week, courtsey of my office, I went for a "Well Woman Quick Screening" exercise. The exercise involved Pap Smear, the Mammogram and Breast Self Examination.

Pap smear (also called ,The Papanicolaou test,Pap test, cervical smear, or smear test) is a screening test used in gynecology to detect premalignant and malignant (cancerous) processes in the ectocervix. Significant changes can be treated, thus preventing cervical cancer. This type of screening is usually conducted on women who are sexually active.

Mammography is the process of using low-dose amplitude-X-rays (usually around 0.7 mSv) to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic and a screening tool. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses and/or microcalcifications. Mammography is believed to reduce mortality from breast cancer. Remaining aware of breast changes and physician examination are considered essential parts of regular breast care. This is usually done for women who are between 35-75 years old (or more).

Breast Self-Examination (BSE) is a screening method used in an attempt to detect early breast cancer. The method involves the woman herself looking at and feeling each breast for possible lumps, distortions or swelling. BSE was once promoted heavily as a means of finding cancer at a more curable stage, but large randomized controlled studies found that it was not effective in preventing death, and actually caused harm through needless biopsies and surgery.

So that's my little lecture on "Cancer Screening" for women. It's advisable to go for a cancer screening regularly. Say like every three (3) or six (6) months. It's so necessary! The rate at which cancer is spreading especially amongst women is alarming!!!!

So go do yours. Happy Screening!!!!!


Pap smear


Mammography


Breast Self-Examination (BSE)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The "O" Lady

When I become a First Lady (grinning), my role model would be "Michelle Obama"!!! I so LOVE that woman's spirit!!! Now, nobody is perfect....she would definitely have her flaws (like every normal human being does). But I just can't help admiring her.

Mrs. "O" is a good example of a "PROVERBS 31 WOMAN". She is rare, trustworthy, kind, disciplined, diligent, energetic, compassionate, generous, elegant, influential, industrious, wise, a good home manager and so on and so forth!!!! You just can't get enough of her!

Recently I got to know of her "Let's Move" Campaign which aims at discouraging "Child Obesity". She doesn't only "talk the talk" but also "Acts the Talk". You could see her gardening with children, playing football, skipping, serving food at homeless shelters and soups kitchen, smiling (sincerely), giving warm hugs.....how many celebrities, talkless of First Ladies can do all that without letting their "title" get to their heads??? She is so down-to-earth. I guess that summarizes why I admire her alot.

Apart from her "Let's Move" Campaign, she is also involved in supporting military families, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education (Her fashion style speaks ARTS!!!), helping working women to balance their career and family life and also fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families (e.g promoting breastfeeding initiatves). She appeared on Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary Program promoting the "green life" with and for children. She also promotes the "Organic Movement" which encourages people to eat organic food. She planted an organic garden and installed bee hives in the White House. True Organic!.

Now am sure you are all wondering why am "blabbing" about Mrs."O". Well, she is a true role model for upcoming "First Ladies" (like me....lol!). So, just have to write something about her (it's being on my mind). Mrs. "O" is an "All Rounder" : Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, homemaker, Mom-in-chief, First Lady, role model, fashion icon, dinner lady, serial hugger, sports lady, an intelligent woman ......you name it all!!!!! She kind of represents all a woman can and should be.

See below some of her photo that descibes who Mrs. "O" is. Enjoy!


The Obamas - A wife, mother & friend


Hardworking Mrs. "O"


"Organic" Gardening with Children


Sporty Mrs. "O"


Serving at the Soup Kitchen


Reading to the Children


Her "Signature" Hug


Playing with Children in India


"Skip-a-di-do-da"


Humanity Service with "We Serve Habitat for Humanity Paint"


Laughing with Wounded Warriors for the Bike-Ride-Participants


Broadway style


Mrs "O" during the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street


Mrs "O" during the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street (Video)

Each of the photos of Mrs. "O" speak for itself.
You see why I admire her??? *wink* Check out Mrs.O blog