There are little pink ribbons everywhere during October (and hopefully the rest of the year.) You see them on cars, on shirts, on websites. If you donít already know, those little pink ribbons are a sign of support for breast cancer research and awareness
. October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. We may be young, but this is a cause for all women to promote.
Breast cancer is the second leading cancer-caused death of women in the United States. It is a cancer that usually develops in the ducts or glands that produce and move milk inside the breast tissue. It is treated by removing the cancerous mass, removing all of the breast tissue and by radiation and chemotherapy.
Breast cancer is not random. There are things that increase the risk of getting it including your family history, your age, genetics and obesity. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help, but wonít completely prevent your chances of getting it. And donít think that it only affects people your parentís age or older. I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer at twenty-six and it was so advanced she had to have a double mastectomy and radiation/chemo to try and stop it. A mastectomy is the removal of all breast tissue and she had two, so both of her breasts were removed. She is still undergoing treatment and everyone is hoping for the best.
The point is, everyone needs to start checking for lumps or anything unusual long before age forty. The earlier it is detected, the more likely it can be removed and that a woman will make a full recovery.
What Can I Do?
First you need to remind yourself and other women you care about to do regular breast exams. Itís not that hard. Every time you take a shower, make a spiral around each breast starting at the nipple and ending at your armpit. Be sure to include your chest above the breast, too Ė thereís tissue there. If you feel anything odd, you need to let your mom and doctor know as soon as possible. Even if you have little or no boobs, you still have breast tissue and you still need to check!
Your mom and any friends over thirty-five or forty should be having mammograms at the recommended intervals. Remind your mom and make sure she is staying healthy Ė her life affects your whole family.
Promote awareness to others by walking in an awareness march in your area. There might also be a run for awareness you can do.
Help research and prevent the disease by contributing money. Even if you donít have anything to contribute, you can save the lids of Yoplait yogurt and send them in for a donation. Iím sure there are other products out there that do the same thing.
At the very least, support those who are trying to battle the disease by raising awareness. Get your very own little pink ribbon for your shirt, profile, blog or site.