Maybe it was a neighbor, a teacher, a family member or a friend… or maybe it was you. Whoever it was and whatever the outcome, we all have been impacted in some way by breast cancer. Did you know, that 1 in 9 women are expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime?
I encourage you, start TODAY. Make your health a priority, make the commitment to be aware, fight for your body because YOU are a life worth saving.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am committing the next 31 days to awareness. I’m thinking PINK and I hope that you’ll join me in the fight! Although there isn’t a way to prevent breast cancer, there are numerous ways that you can lower your risk in developing it. Below is a list of a few ways that you can stay healthy and protect your boobs this month!
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that all women 20 years of age or older should perform monthly breast self-examinations. The best time to do so is the day after your monthly period ends. What to look for? Lumps in the breast or armpit, changes in breast shape or size and/or skin or nipple changes.
Do yourself a favor- set a monthly reminder in your phone so that you don’t forget!
Get a mammogram, ma’m!
If you are over the age of 40, it is recommended that you schedule annual screening mammograms. However, to women younger than 40 with a family history or other risk factors, speak with your health care provider for an appropriate screening recommendation.
Spectrum Health makes your annual screening even easier with their Mobile Mammography unit that travels throughout the community to serve a variety of patients, including women who may not have access to mammograms. You can schedule your appointment HERE!
Take care of your body
Including (and not limited to!) maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, not smoking and limiting your alcohol consumption. Make a change to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer. Your health is up to you!
Below are some amazing local events to both aid in movement and give back this month:
- Making Strides of Grand Rapids: The American Cancer Society hosts a 3-5 mile walk that helps raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. The walk takes place on Saturday, October 19th at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, MI. To register or to find other Strides event near you, click HERE!
- Brawl for Breast Cancer: The Barre Code is partnering with Fit 4 Prevention & KeepABreast Foundation to host a Brawl Restore Bootcamp in October 22nd. All proceeds will go directly to KeepABreast. To register and find out more information, click HERE!
Happy October, Warriors! 💕