The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere we look we see pink. To support and honor the fight turn on your television and you’ll see pink on the NFL player’s cleats, NASCAR paint schemes, cereal boxes, food carton and banners on the streets.
Unfortunately, each of us knows of someone currently with Breast Cancer or someone who is a Breast Cancer survivor. With the advancements in today’s technology it helps us detect problems early. I want to take this time to stress the importance of self- exams and yearly mammograms. Statistics estimate that in the United States alone, 1 in 8 women are projected to develop breast cancer over the course of their life. If you have a family history, you’re automatically at a higher risk for development.Also, as we age our increased risk seems to climb higher every decade.
There are ways that we can help keep our bodies healthy such as avoiding sugar, fried foods, eating more fruits and vegetables. Exercise is also something our body needs because it helps us fight off disease. Staying active at least five days a week has proven to provide amazing health benefits. Limiting the amount of alcohol you intact is also important because many drinks contain high amounts of sugar and other unnatural ingredients. The last tip is to be very conscious of your own body. If you feel anything odd in your breast area or if your body does not feel right make sure to make an appointment to see your doctor. Time is of the essence and you don’t want to wait.
In 2010, nearly 40,000 U.S. women were estimate to die from the disease. However, since 1990 death rates have gone down. We have to contribute this to education, increased awareness and early detections. During the month of October many local cities and communities offer “free screenings.” Check with your local city/town flyer or news station for all the details. If you’ve never been tested this is the month to go.
We also have to thank all of the courageous women who share their intimate details of their journey. These women have lived through a terrifying time and battle back each and every day. Take a moment to stop from your busy life and listen to their story/stories. Let yourself, cry if you want to cry, and scream if you want to scream. Like us they too are mothers, daughters, wives or sisters, but most importantly they are heroes and we need to honor them!