So, here we have it Giant Microbes - Breast Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm). Breast Cancer is not a laughing matter, in fact it is deadly serious. So many females and some males come to that are diagnosed with Breast Cancer year in and year out. But there is a reason why I have purposely selected this particular Giant Microbe. I think that this could be symbolic to anyone who has lived with breast cancer. This little plush is extra special as you can turn the cell inside out to signify cured or remission.
Breast Cancer affects 1 in every 8 women, but early detection and proper screening can help ensure the best outcomes. Our Breast Cancer doll is a good reminder to schedule annual health exams including mammograms.
FACTS: Breast cancer usually begins as a lump that can be seen in a mammogram or felt when the breast is examined. Fortunately, the majority of breast lumps are non-malignant cysts or fibrous tissue. But sometimes lumps are formed when good cells turn bad and start multiplying rapidly to form a tumour.
The exact causes of these malignant mutations are unknown, so it is impossible to predict accurately who will develop them. However, risk-factors that increase the probability of developing the disease include a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, increasing age, never having breastfed, never having given birth, long-term hormone replacement therapy, and smoking. (Men can get breast cancer, too. There is a small amount of breast tissue, consisting mainly of ducts, in the male chest, and about 1% of breast cancers occur in men.)
Depending on the type and stage of the tumor, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biologic therapy, and radiotherapy. (Chemotherapy works by killing cells that are actively dividing, which is why even healthy cells that grow constantly, such as those that produce hair, are impacted.)
Although breast cancer is extremely serious, most people (approximately 80%) who get it survive, particularly if treatment is initiated early in the course of the disease before it has spread from its original site. Self-examination and regular checkups are critical for early detection.
Although it’s the most common form of cancer found in women, breast cancer can occur in men as well!
Famous people who had it: 1965: Julia Child, chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, had a double mastectomy
1987: Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, was diagnosed with it in and underwent a double mastectomy
1992: Olivia Newton John, singer and actress, was diagnosed
Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fibre fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.
Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.
All Giant Microbes come with a printed card with fascinating facts