BREAST CANCER IS TOXIC
As we all know October is a big month. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It starts October 1st-31st. This month is to increase the awareness of the disease. This month a lot of businesses offer discounts. Woman who don’t have insurance can get free or discounted mammogram’s. All the football players and other sports wear their attire in the pink color to show their support. Many people wear it also in memory of a loved one they lost to breast cancer. The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. It’s mainly for moral support and to spread awareness.
For Toxic Tuesday Challenge here are some tips on how to screen for breast cancer and how or where to donate for the cause.
How to Screen for Breast Cancer Manually:
Checking your breasts manually once a month. 3-5 days after your period starts. Do it the same time every month. Reason for checking 3-5 after your period starts is because your breast won’t be tender or lumpy. Choose a good spot with good lighting in front of a mirror. Using a firm touch with the tips of your finger pads of your hand, keeping fingers flat and together. Using a circular motion around the breast from top to bottom and side to side. Start at the top of the collarbone and work your way down to the top of your abdomen. Side to side starting on armpit and working your way to where the breast ends in the middle. You are checking for lumps as hard as your knuckles. This is not only for women but for men as well.
Things to Help Lower Risk
1. Limit your alcohol consumption
2. Don’t Smoke
3. Weight Control/ Exercise
4. Avoid hormone therapy
5. Avoid exposure to high doses of radiation
6. Avoid wearing black bra’s when it’s hot outside
7. Wash your undergarments such as bra’s/sport bra’s on a
8. Avoid wearing or putting on deodorant at bedtime
9. Avoid leaving plastic water bottles in the cars or sun and
drinking them afterwards.
When is it Time to do a Mammogram?
Mammogram’s should be done starting at age 40. Unless told by your doctor some women have to do them earlier if there is
a sign or a lump. Mammogram’s should be done on a yearly basis. 40-55 every year, 55-74 every 2 years.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is when a professional monographer takes a picture of your breast with x-ray. Many women fear this procedure. Why? They have heard horror stories. It’s painful, they squeeze your breasts, It’s embarrassing , it’s uncomfortable ect.. To be honest this year was my first year ever having a mammogram as I just turned 40. To be honest I canceled twice.I had all the above fears. I had the best experience! It was pain free, yes a little uncomfortable but painless.I highly recommend it.
This week’s #ToxicTuesdayChallenge is to spread the awareness and start checking your breasts monthly if you haven’t yet. Help lower your risk by following the tips above. If you are 40+ make your appointment for your mammogram. If you don’t have insurance go to your nearest community clinic they have free mammogram programs. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Also this month’s challenge is to donate money to a charity that helps out to find a cure for the disease.
Places where you can donate are the following:
City of Hope Cancer Center Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Gateway for Cancer Research The American Cancer Society Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
National Breast Cancer Coalition Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Inc. Breast Cancer Alliance
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In Loving Memory of my dear Friends who lost their lives to Breast Cancer.