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I noticed earlier that #HUGS4JUGS was trending supposedly in support of breast cancer awareness, but I saw very few posts that actually had to do with raising awareness for breast cancer; although some claim they were by showing topless models. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing tits. When it comes to breast cancer though I just wish the posts were actually doing just that, raising awareness. This is a subject that is close to my heart, so let me share some real breast cancer images, give you some information to read, and propose that #SaveTheTaTas be hoisted to "trending".

In regards to these images, +Google+ can take its TOS and shove it when it comes to images of brave women like the one pictured.

The Myth
Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth
If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. However, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, or not cancerous. Sometimes women stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms.

The Myth
Men do not get breast cancer.

The Truth
Quite the contrary. Each year it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also give themselves regular breast self-exams and note any changes to their physicians.

The Myth
A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

The Truth
A mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, is one of the best tools available for the early detection of breast cancer. It CANNOT cause cancer to spread, nor can the pressure put on the breast from the mammogram. Do not let tales of other people's experiences keep you from having a mammogram. Base your decision on your physician's recommendation and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.

The Myth
Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.

The Truth
While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. If you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at age 35.

The Myth
Breast cancer is contagious.

The Truth
You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else's body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth in your own body.However, you can protect yourself by being aware of the risk factors and following an early detection plan.

The Myth
Knowing you have changes in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene can help you prevent breast cancer.

The Truth
While alterations in these genes in men and women can predispose an individual to an increased risk of breast cancer, only 5% to 10% of patients actually have this mutation. This is not an absolute correlation. Like your age or having a family history of breast cancer, it's a factor you just can't control. But you can let your physician know, perform regular breast self-exams, and focus on the fact your chances of not having this disease are greater than 90%.

The Myth
Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The Truth
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo.

Information Source: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

Images Source: http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/2009/11/2711

Save The Ta-Tas Foundation: http://www.savethetatas.org/
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totally not cool to have my g+ open on my work computer and this auto loaded while I was away from my desk
 
+Glenn Hoeppner my apologies. I just felt this was a better message for #HUGS4JUGS then most of the things I saw in my stream, including one of my previous posts. I understand if you want to uncircle and block.
 
+Glenn Hoeppner That's on you. Never leave the G+ tab up when you walk away. :)

About the post: She went through a hell of a lot of work. I don't know if I'd bother with restructuring if I were a woman.
 
If people really gave a shit about raising awareness, they should use meaningful tags like...oh I dunno...

#BreastCancer

Yeah, that would work! This isn't a complaint about your share of this post, +Ralph Uy , I just wish people would realise that a "fun" tag does not make for a meaningful awareness campaign...it requires more than that.

It requires information and discussion...not just posting pictures of random models with their breasts on show and claiming that that is enough to "raise awareness".

I had the same issue with that #testicles campaign. Some of those people tried to claim that they were raising awareness for testicular cancer. They weren't. Most of them were posting stupid pictures of squirrels with their nuts on display.
 
+Steve Jaszczak I hear ya and agree with you. Which is why I shared +Joe Bolin 's post. My previous post to this, had absolutely nothing to do with breast cancer, mostly due to the obviously adolescent hashtag. It was not until I further investigated the hashtag, that I realized it was for Breast Cancer.
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