35 is not too Young. The Importance of Doing Your Mammogram from a Technologist’s Point of View

For all my Ladies out there and Gentlemen (yes, men have lumps too), here are a few tips and information with regards to Preparation for your Mammogram and how you can do your part to facilitate Breast Cancer Awareness and Treatment:

● Feel all four quadrants of your breasts (all around) in the shower. It is easier when the skin is wet and soapy/slippery. Picturing the breast as a clock, usually with the nipple as the centre (via someone facing you), is the way used for the identification of areas of concern in the breasts. These areas of concern identified are usually sent for further investigation, i.e a Mammogram/Breast Ultrasound.

E.g. Your Mammogram/Breast referral form may read, ‘mass located at 1 o’clock’.

● Feel your breasts when laying down, as not all masses are felt while standing.

● If you have a history of Breast Cancer in your family, the breasts should be checked by a doctor during general examination from as early as teenage years.

● No matter how young you are, once a mass, discomfort, pain, burning or sticking sensation, swelling and/or discharge from the nipple are observed, seek medical attention immediately.

● Once a referral is sought to do a Mammogram from your Doctor, if possible, choose a facility that does both Mammograms and Breast Ultrasounds.

*It is possible to have Breast Cancer and not know or be able to schedule a biopsy until weeks or months later. If a particular Breast Cancer cannot be detected by a Mammogram or your Technologist does not recognise an abnormality present and therefore does not raise the attention that a Breast Ultrasound is needed, there is risk of a spread. This is so, because there is sometimes a back up of Mammograms for reporting at Public clinics before a Radiologist can refer a patient for an Ultrasound. It may be too late by this time, costing the patient his/her life or an entire breast or two (single/double mastectomy).

● If you are referred to do a Breast Mammogram/Ultrasound, I recommend that you do both. Some cancerous (malignant) calcifications cannot be detected by Breast Ultrasound and vice versa.

• With advancement in Technology, an MRI is now sometimes recommended for even further detail.

*Keep in mind that the Mammogram is like a map to show the Radiologist where to focus for any area/s that may need clarification. So it is important to start there first.

● Starting at age 35 or 40, do your Mammogram annually. At least have 1 done by 35 to see the status of your breasts and what the doctor recommends in terms of continuing Mammograms before 40.

● Mammograms are low radiation. Remember that if you lay on the beach all day you are also exposed to cumulative radiation from the sun. A thyroid shield is only necessary if you have hormonal/thyroid issues and if you are undergoing/have recently done radiation therapy or chemo.

● A routine Mammogram will be two (2) views on each breast, therefore four (4) compressions in all.

A routine Mammogram showing two (2) views of each breast.

● Do not wear powder, lotion/oil or deodorant/flaky deodorant when doing a Mammogram. The flakes or clusters from a deodorant or powder can mimic calcifications/cancer. While, lotions or oils may cause the breast to slide back during imaging, thus losing possible valuable information.

● Ladies, wear a top and bottom if possible when going to do your Mammogram.

● Try to do your Mammograms at the same facility each year so a record is kept for comparisons.

● Everyone does not have the same Mammogram experience. Other than the Technologist or machine used, this may be a result of other factors such as a current or close time period to a menstrual cycle, pain threshold, size of the breasts, thickness of breast tissue, presence of cysts and the overall shape of the breasts and shoulders/body habitus. So if it is painful or ‘unbearable’ for you, do not discourage others.

● It is not the end of the world if you feel pain and/a mass. It may just be a cyst that can be drained of fluid or removed. Take it one step at a time.

● If you have a lump that may be malignant (cancerous) and not benign (non-cancerous), ensure that you wait for your biopsy results before removing the lump. You need to confirm that the lump is cancerous, if so, the stage it is at, the possibility of the cancer spreading and the possibility of return if the breast/s are not removed.

● If the breast/s needs to be removed and reconstructive surgery is suggested or offered by the Doctor at the same time, I advise you wait 6 months to a year to be fully clear of cancer. Unfortunately, cancers sometimes return. If cancer returns, it could return within the skin flap where reconstruction was done and it is highly likely that it would be undetectable.

● Ensure that you not only have Life Insurance but Health Insurance. Some form of Pro-Care or Criticare should be sought as well if repetitive surgery or radiation treatment/chemotherapy is needed.

● Spread the Word to Family, Friends and Coworkers! Breast Cancer Awareness Saves Lives.

Gabrielle Burgess LIVE on NationwideFM in October 2017 telling everyone the importance of doing Mammograms.

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Licensed Radiographer and Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Getting Ready for the Weekend with NEW ‘B & B’ Paintings by GW Art!

Artist, Gabrielle Burgess of Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art with her NEW Framed Acrylic on (7×10)” Canvas Paintings, ‘B & B’ [Framed by: Frame Art Jamaica]

Spice up your bathroom walls or any other wall you wish with Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art NEW Framed Acrylic on (7×10)” Paintings.

Simple, Fresh, Eye-Catching and Clean.

Get the Pair, (B & B) for $16000JMD or purchase them for $10,000JMD each.

Handcrafted. Hand-Painted. Jamaican

Support Local. Buy Jamaican

GW Art
Email: gwartforall@gmail.com
Ph: 876-422-3769
Website (Gallery): 
http://www.sugalifestyle.com 
Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle – GW Art)

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Check Out GW Art’s Exhibition Tomorrow! Art, Vino, Small Bites & Safety

TGIF! Remember to check out Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art Exhibition tomorrow at The Liguanea Club any time from 12 noon – 6PM. Entry is FREE.

Some of us have been sitting and waiting on the weekend like…GW Art’s NEW Framed Painting ‘SITTING FOR A WHILE, WAITING’

[Framing by Frame Art Jamaica]

Some of us are Dancing into the weekend with GW Art like… the NEW GW Art Paintings, ‘CENTRE STAGE’ and ‘TWIRL’

‘Centre Stage’ Acrylic on Framed (19×24)cm Canvas [Framing by Frame Art Jamaica]
‘Twirl’ Acrylic on (8×10)” Canvas

On the other hand, Some of us may go into the weekend with a heavy heart, but still, TGIF!

How Many? Police officers getting charged for shots missed and not for shooting people, black people, Black Women. Check out GW Art’s NEW Framed Acrylic on Canvas Painting, ‘RISE TOGETHER IN POWER, WE ARE COLOURED’

Framed Acrylic on (12×16)” Canvas [Framing by Frame Art Jamaica]

GW Art has a range of NEW Paintings to please EVERYONE at TOMORROW’s Art Exhibition!

The Exhibition will also feature Suga Artisans with pleasurable, small bites:

Kande’s Delights with Live Flash Frozen Ice Cream, The Bread Pudding Factory, Chorlavi’s with Pepper Jams and Unbeelievable Honey!

The wearing of masks will be required upon controlled entry. There will be temperature checks, sanitization stations provided by our Sponsor, Miracle Corporation (Saniwise) and virtual check ins if you can’t attend.

Social distancing will also be facilitated with a huge, open room & outdoor lyming area on the Patio with a lush, lawn view.

Hope to see you soon as we try to be safe and support Brand Jamaica! 🇯🇲💖

Cheers to the Weekend from Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art!

GW Art
Email: gwartforall@gmail.com
Ph: 876-422-3769
Website (Gallery): 
http://www.sugalifestyle.com 
Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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SAVE THE DATE FOR SUGA LIFESTYLE’S GW ART ANNUAL EXHIBIT!

Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art Annual Art Exhibit will be on Saturday, September 26th at The Liguanea Club, New Kingston from 12 noon to 6PM!

I am going to Make It Happen!
Art, Vino, Beer, Small Bites & Safety!

The wearing of masks will be required upon controlled entry. There will be temperature checks, sanitization stations and virtual check ins if you can’t attend. Stay tuned to see which Local, Suga Artisans will be there with samples to pair with the complementary WINE & BEER!

Hope to see you there!

Please Support Local. Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🇯🇲🎨

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle, GW Art)

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GW Art going out on a THURSDAY!

Gabrielle Burgess, Founder and Owner of Suga Lifestyle, GW Art

When GW Art gets asked to create ~20 Customized, Handpainted Tokens in 2 days, I say, YOU GOT THIS!

GOD is good, ALL THE TIME. MAKE IT HAPPEN! See how GW Art handpainted motivational, customized mini Desktops here!

GW Arts (4×4)” mini Tabletop/Desktop Paintings, trinket box and Wooden decorative piece.
GW Arts (4×4)” mini Tabletop/Desktop Paintings and trinket box.

Contact GW Art for your affordable Corporate Gifting or Paintings TODAY!

Also, stay tuned for the RENEWED 2020 COLLECTION and SAVE THE DATE, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th!

Buy Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🎨🇯🇲

***Delivery, Islandwide and International Shipping Available***

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle, GW Art)

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#tbt to Emprezz Golding & Johnny Daley stopping by GW Art at Christmas in July 2020!

Check out how Emprezz Golding and Johnny Daley stopped by Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art at Christmas in July last Thursday here:

It was JBDC ‘s 1st Christmas In July VIRTUAL TRADESHOW from The Jamaica Pegasus, where many authentic Jamaican brands were supported.

Kudos to JAMPRO’s for streaming Live on their YouTube channel & Jamprotv, and @JBDCJamaica, @theJMEA_, @TEFJamaica & @tourismja who streamed the show on their Instagram Lives.

Buy Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🎨🇯🇲

Islandwide & International Shipping Available✈

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Kingston Creative Jamaica’s Artisan Store Collective is NOW OPEN with GW Art!

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Gabrielle Burgess, Founder/Owner of Suga Lifestyle’s GW Art at the Soft Launch opening of The Artisan Store Collective yesterday in Downtown, Kingston.

Sugalifestyle’s GW Art is now IN STORE facing The Waterfront in Kingston Creative Jamaica’s Artisan Store Collective at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Shop #2 in the UDC Building beside The Dezign Diva!

Check out this No Commission space that allows local artisans to have a retail space and visibility in the market place.

Get a Sneak Peek from the soft launch opening of the Artisan Store Collective here!

*Opening Hours*

The store will be open from 11AM-6PM on TUESDAYS – SATURDAYS, *but closes early @3PM on a WEDNESDAY and 11AM to 3PM on Last Sundays during the Cultural Weekend Artwalk

Hope to See You Soon! 🎨💖

Buy Jamaican, Build Jamaica 🇯🇲

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By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle – GW Art)

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GW ART’S ENTANGLEMENT or INSEPARABLE LOVE?

GW Art’s NEW ‘INSEPARABLE’ Framed (8×10)” Charcoal on Paper [Framed by Frame Art Jamaica]

GW Art’s NEW Framed Charcoal on paper piece is ‘INSEPARABLE’!

GW Art will be featured at JBDC Jamaica’s 1st Christmas In July VIRTUAL TRADESHOW from The Jamaica Pegasus TODAY from 2PM – 4PM!

Get a sneak peek of more NEW GW Art pieces and see flyer for details here:

GW Art ISLAND SET Framed (19×24)cm painting -Hangs

GW Art’s NEW ‘ISLAND SET’ Framed (19×24)cm Painting [Framed by Frame Art Jamaica]

GW Art DISCONNECTED(4×4)'' Mini with Easel

GW Art’s ‘DISCONNECTED’ (4×4)” Mini Tabletop/Desktop Painting with Easel

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GW Art’s ‘REGGAE MUSIC’ (4×4)” Mini Tabletop/Desktop Painting with Easel

Great Corporate/Pixie Gifts and Souvenirs from GW Art!

Don’t miss it! Please support our authentic Jamaican brands and Join the LIVE STREAM on JAMPRO’s YouTube channel, Jamprotv, or on any of their partners’ social media pages:
@JBDCJamaica @theJMEA_ @TEFJamaica @tourismja

Hosts will be Emprezz (@emprezzgolding) & Johnny (@chrisjohnnydaley)!

GW Art will be at JBDC’s 1st VIRTUAL Christmas In July from The Jamaica Pegasus TODAY from 2PM – 4PM! Check out the information here:

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Buy Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🎨🇯🇲

***Islandwide and International Shipping Available***

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle – GW Art)

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NEW, Framed Painting from GW Art!

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Gabrielle Burgess of GW Art poses with NEW, Framed (8×10)” Painting, ‘Black and Blue, Who Knew?’, framed by Frame Art Jamaica Ltd.

Check out GW Art’s NEW Framed (8×10)” Painting, ‘Black and Blue, Who Knew?’. The abused with black and blue who sometimes have multiple or bold personalities crying out for attention, who sometimes hide their feelings or hide behind a mask, or are simply just black and abused.

A part of GW Art’s masterpiece, ‘Connected’ that is also still available.

‘Black and Blue, Who Knew?’ is a part of the ongoing 2020 Collection and is perfect for the Home or Office. It makes a great gift too. GW Art is for Everyone. Get yours today!

GW Art will be at JBDC’s Christmas In July, a Virtual Staging from The Jamaica Pegasus this THURSDAY! Check out the information here:

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Support Local. Buy Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🎨🇯🇲

***Islandwide and International Shipping Available***

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle – GW Art)

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The Best is Yet to Come with GW Art!

Happy Monday! Start your week off the right way, because the best is yet to come indeed.

Check out GW Art’s NEW Wooden sign that stands. It’s part of the ongoing 2020 Collection and is perfect for the Home, Office or even Vintage rustic Wedding décor. Makes a great gift too. GW Art is for Everyone. Get yours today!

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GW Art’s NEW Wooden sign that stands ($5000JMD)/$40USD

Support Local. Buy Handcrafted, Hand-painted, Jamaican 🎨🇯🇲

***Islandwide and International Shipping Available***

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle – GW Art)

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