While your sipping on your pumpkin spice latte this morning and getting excited about fall really being here now that it's October, I have a little video for you to watch.
First, how gorgeous is Paula? I can only hope I look that amazing when I'm her age. Second, as you may have figured out, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I realize that this is an important topic year round, but as a woman I wanted to dedicate some time to the blog to discuss breast cancer. I'm sure many of you have been touched by this awful disease in some way or another, just as I have.
I love this video because it's a way to lighten the mood about the topic of checking yourself and early detection. Let's be honest, besides your yearly exam, how often do you really make your everything is okay?
I would say a good majority of us know 8 women. I can name 8 women that I am close so and it's scary to think that at least one of us will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It's the second leading cause of death among women and the most common type of cancer found in women.
There are several risk factors that could contribute to being diagnosed with breast cancer. Some can be avoided, like you alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle, or your diet. Other factors such as age, family health history, and menstrual history can all play a part in your risk level as well.
Contrary to popular belief and "horror stories" floating around on the internet, the items above do not cause breast cancer, so you can safety continue to use your deodorant for your peers sake.
When should you start getting into the habit of checking yourself and going for your yearly exam? Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. A clinical breast exam (CBE) should be done about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
So, share the video above, and let's help educate women and make sure we detect the sign of breast cancer sooner, rather than later!