All Pink Everything: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

5 Oct

Every October, The Fanny Pack recognizes the strides, support and continued social involvement carried out in the research and fight against Breast Cancer, and this October is no different.

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer charities from all over the world campaign to increase the awareness of this devastating disease and work to raise funds for research into its cause, treatment and cure.  These charities focus on support for those who are currently battling breast cancer but also emphasize preventative steps that women can take to help reduce breast cancer risks and ensure long, healthy lives.

One major component in the fight against breast cancer is to adopt and maintain healthy habits.  Understanding the sorts of factors that can both positively and adversely affect your health is the first step toward prevention, and according to the staff at the Mayo Clinic, prevention really is worth a pound of cure.  Some easy but effective steps that you can take to prevent breast cancer include:

  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Managing a healthy weight
  • Engaging in plenty of physical activity
  • Avoiding environmental pollutants
  • Maintaining a healthy low-fat diet

Now, as wonderful as it would be for all women to be able to follow these simple guidelines and forever vanquish breast cancer, the reality is that for some women (5% – 10%), breast cancer is a hereditary disease.  Fortunately however, affected genes don’t have to be a death sentence.  Mammograms and early detection procedures are equally essential in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and should be regularly performed in women over 40.

Last year, 19% of the new breast cancer cases reported in the United States resulted in death.  Anyone who has ever suffered through this disease or lost someone close as a result of it knows that this statistic is more than unacceptable.  That is why I am challenging each of you to help take a stand against breast cancer.  Support the various breast cancer charities this month (and beyond); not simply through your pocketbook, but with your time as well.  Get educated about this disease and promote prevention.  Together, we can all create a world where breast cancer becomes a thing of the past.

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One Response to “All Pink Everything: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. Theresa October 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    Great writeup Sis….We all need to be aware.

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