Sunday, October 12, 2008

Baking for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month .
It is so important to be aware of the warning signs of breast cancer.
The warning signs of breast cancer include: (taken from the Web-MD site)
· Lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
· A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
· A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast.
· A blood-stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
· A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed).
· Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.
· An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
· A marble-like hardened area under the skin.

These changes may be found when performing monthly breast self-exams. By performing breast self-exams, you can become familiar with the normal monthly changes in your breasts.

Breast self-examination should be performed at the same time each month, three to five days after your menstrual period ends. If you have stopped menstruating, perform the exam on the same day of each month.

My entry for "Baking for Breast Cancer Awareness," are cupcakes…
I made DEATH BY CHOCOLATE cupcakes
4 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. water or 1/4 c. water with 1/4 c. Kahlua
1 boxed cake mix without pudding in the mix
1 sm. box instant chocolate pudding
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
With your electric mixer, combine eggs, oil, sour cream, water, cake mix and pudding; mix well.
Add in chocolate chips. Pour into muffin papers.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

I then iced them with store bought vanilla icing that I tinted pink.

I know I cheated -first with the boxed cake mix then with the icing!!!
I did this quick and had to hide them until I took my photos because the "Sticky Fingers" in my house kept attempting to steal them!
The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.
If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.
The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition.
Stop by this site The Breast Cancer Site
1.You click daily
2.Sponsors pay for Mammograms
3.Shop their stores and give even more!
Your click on the "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation .

Here are a few links to sites with breast cancer information:
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc
Susan G Komen For The Cure
The Breast Cancer Site

1 comment:

ley said...

These are adorable! And seriously, how can anything called "death by chocolate" not be 100% amazing?? lol. Thank you so much for participating in this event! I love all the information you posted- thank you for helping educate people about breast cancer!!