Breast Cancer Awareness
I love and often need reminders. The warm yellow sun and deep blue skies remind me that it is time for summer cookouts. The orange colored leaves are the signal that it is time for fall and football. The white snow is a reminder of the joy of the holidays. And that sea of pink during October reminds me that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Let’s face it, things often slip off our list. During October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the pink ribbon campaign is a good reminder to put me back on the list. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month I ensure that I get back on a regular routine of doing breast self-exams. I schedule my annual exam with my doctor and talk to family and friends to ensure that they do the same.
I look for opportunities to join in with others to raise awareness about Breast Cancer. Such as Lifetime. You can become a part of an army of women who are standing up against Breast Cancer at myLifetime. There are many organizations that will even help to fund a free mammogram if you are in need such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can also learn more about the disease on these sites.
“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” Standing up to cancer starts with you. Take measures to reduce your risk of cancer. It starts with healthy habits and in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make these health tips a habit and share them with others and stand up to cancer.
- Eat A Healthy Diet
- A low fat diet may decrease your risk of breast cancer and other diseases.
- Exercise Regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight will help reduce the risk of cancer.
- Limit Alcohol
- Reduce alcohol consumption to less than one drink a day or avoid alcohol completely.
- Do Regular Self Breast Exams
- Know your cyclical changes. Do regular self-breast exams and go to your doctor if you notice anything irregular.
- Manage stress
- There is a strong link to cancer and stress. Work to reduce stress, maintain a balanced lifestyle and a support system.