A Month of Pink!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! An annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Everyone is affected by breast cancers- men and women, families, care givers, friends, co-workers….Statistically 1 in 8 will have breast cancer in their lifetime.
As most of you are aware the pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the breast cancer brand and express support for woman and men with breast cancer. The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G Komen Foundation
handed out the pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for
breast cancers. By 1992, it was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness.
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. For all you sports fans, I love that the NFL joins in too! They promote breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field!
How can you reduce your risk?
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity may increase the risk of developing post-menopausal breast and ovarian cancers. Women who weight 40% or more above normal weight are advised to choose a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits and whole grains and low in processed foods, sugars and meats.
- Get fit. Remember moderate exercise also improves the immune system’s ability to protect the body against unhealthy cellular activity. So, you don’t have to do strenuous exercise to see benefits!
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Quit smoking.
- Get checked. Women should perform self-exams, get regulator clinical examples and schedule regular mammograms. Early detection is the key and provides the best change against breast cancer.
Talking to your doctor about your risk of breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer, can help you both decide when and how often to get a mammogram.
Join us in the effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Look for events in the area to get involved in and provide support!