Good Bye October but before we bid you farewell I want to take a moment to thank all those who organized the 4 km Breast Cancer awareness fun run at work last Friday. It takes a lot of personal time and energy to coordinate and organize such an event, but these Ladies are committed to raising awareness about Breast Cancer and I tip my hat to them.
Breast cancer is indiscriminate, there’s no hiding and there is no protection in age, race, color or creed. Breast cancer chooses its victims from every walk of life and money doesn’t buy you a get out of breast cancer free card.
Early detection and treatment of breast cancer can and does save lives. Two proactive measures you can take to detect breast cancer early are:
- Get to know your breast – Regular breast self-examination will help you to identify any changes that could be of concern. If you notice something unusual make an appointment and have it checked.
- Make and keep your annual physicals – Even though you do regular self-examination a trained professional’s opinion is always beneficial.
Other things you can do to stave off breast cancer or at least reduce your risk developing cancerous cells include the following:
- Get regular exercise
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a wide variety of green leafy vegetables
- Diversify your diet by eating various kinds of beans (black, pinto, white, red, lima), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), onions (white, red, Spanish, sweet), and berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Eat mushrooms – any type will do
- Drink green tea
The run raised breast cancer awareness, but it was also a great opportunity for men and women alike to come together and get that exercise we talk so much about. A health lifestyle includes having fun while exercising and meeting new people.
Personally I loved the event, the group energy was fantastic and I surprised myself by doing a walk/run (most of the run on a down hill:). I didn’t do this alone, along the way I met an Indonesian lady called Sandy who joined me as I started to run and when I tired and wanted to walk she encouraged me to continue on. Thank you Sandy, your encouragement kept me going and taught me I can do more than I though I could.
Before we usher in November grab a pen, schedule your next doctor’s appointment and write on the calendar a reminder to check your breasts.
It’s your life, choose health through preventative action.