Don’t Forget About Breast Cancer Awareness this October!
October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month, and with good reason too. About 1 out of 8 women (or 13%) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, making this disease the second highest cause of death among women in the U.S.* And please do not think that cancer discriminates– men is at risk for breast cancer too. The probability is rare, but it is estimated that 1 out of 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The statistics may sound bleak, but it’s important to acknowledge the disease and be proactive in taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
Since there is no definitive answer to what causes breast cancer, much research still needs to be done. Genetic and environmental factors may increase one’s risks towards breast cancer, but there is no direct causation. An individual that “fit the bill” may or may not develop cancer in their lifetime. Either way, it is always beneficial to keep yourself healthy and fit. So, what can you do to reduce your risk of cancer?
1. Exercise, Improve your Diet, & Refrain from Unhealthy Habits
Your immune system is in charge of fighting any cancerous cells in your body. Keep it optimized by fueling your body with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low in saturated fats. Exercise regularly to strengthen and tone, improve your stamina, control your weight, and fight against various diseases. Habits such as smoking and drinking does nothing for your health, so refrain or reduce your indulgence of these activities.
2. Schedule Annual Check-Ups
Mammograms are x-rays taken of the breast to evaluate cancerous lumps at the earliest stage. According to statistics, mammography has reduced breast cancer morality in the U.S. by nearly 40% since 1990. That’s why, it is highly recommended that women over the age of 40 should schedule annual mammogram check-ups to ensure the best results.
3. Encourage Family & Friends to do the Same
It’s no surprise that the more something is talked about, the more people will be aware of the cause. It’s important to (gently) remind family and friends to practice healthier habits and schedule annual check-ups!
4. Shop Pink
The pink ribbon has been recognized as the status symbol of breast cancer awareness throughout the U.S. It symbolizes strength, hope, responsibility, empathy, and life affirmation for many of the patrons that sport it. This October, join the movement and show off some pink and the pink ribbon in your life! Did you know that Shoplet offers special pink office supplies that gives a proceed back to the cause? Check out the amazing selection here.
In addition to shopping for pink products, you can also donate directly to the cause! We love organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Young Survivor Coalition, Susan G. Komen, and the Dr. Susan Research Foundation. Each organization may have specific focuses, but they all require our help in the fight for breast cancer awareness and research.
6. Show Additional Support
You can also show your support by participating or sponsoring a team in your area’s annual breast cancer charity walk. Location, date and time determines on what area you are in.
If you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the best way to help them out is to lend a helping ear if requested. Cancer affects people differently, so it’s best to follow their lead. For tips on how to talk to someone diagnosed with cancer, click here.
7. Repeat Next Year!
We live to fight another day! As you get older, your risk of breast cancer increases, so practicing healthier habits now will make the transition easier.
*Statistics are found on the National Breast Cancer Foundation