In many of our Sew Chicago posts, we talk about the trials and tribulations of pattern alterations and fit of hips, stomachs and busts. In our monthly meetings, we lament that the major pattern makers do not understand that their bust apex DOES NOT match anywhere near where any of current bust apexes are. In our April meeting, Liz H. explained to us how to manipulate darts using scissors and paper to cut and shape darts around the bust points. Many of our discussions do center around our busts. So, as sewers who spend a lot of time fussing how to best fit our busts, today’s post is to remind each of you dear readers (male and female) to take care of what’s inside of those bust darts.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.*
I’ve lost a friend to breast cancer and I have a fantastic friend who has beaten breast cancer…twice. Both women were in their 30’s. For both of these women, I honor this month to them.
You’ve heard the facts before and you’ll be inundated with more facts today about cancer, cancer survivors (YAY!) and prevention. You’ll see pink…dark pink, light pink, pink-pink. You’ll see funny stickers and provocative advertisements to educate and promote prevention. Please don’t ignore them this month. Check yourself and remind another person to check herself…or himself.
Check the man in your life.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 390 men will die of breast cancer in 2010. Although breast cancer is primarily a disease affecting women, men can also develop breast cancer. Because men don’t think to check themselves and because it’s not top of mind to check for male breast cancer, when it is found in men, it’s often in the later stages. So, please also remember to educate and check the men in your life.
You can find more information about male breast cancer on the American Cancer Society’s website.
Bernina Bling Your Bra! Contest
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Bernina USA is sponsoring a Bling Your Bra contest. Make or buy a bra, apply over-the-top embellishment, submit a photo of your work, and enter to win a prize box from Bernina and others! The contest ends October 31, 2010. Go here for more details.
Make something pink this month.
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I challenge each of our dear readers to make something pink this month. Join and post your pictures into this Flickr group to share your pictures.
Give A Mammogram
If nothing else, please click to give a mammogram at The Breast Cancer Site.