Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October, the time of pumpkins, goblins, and heightened breast cancer awareness. In September, Radiance partnered with Breast Cancer Charities of America to sponsor Wine, Women and Shoes at the Waterway Marriott. Hundreds of men and women enjoyed a festive evening in support of women and their families struggling with breast cancer. Later this month we will sponsor the Hermann Memorial Foundation’s In the Pink of Health luncheon where we will celebrate the good health of breast cancer survivors and raise money to continue the battle. More information can be found at http://www.memorialhermann.org/give-volunteer/foundation/in-the-pink-of-health/

According to The American Cancer Society, one in eight American women have a lifetime chance of developing invasive breast cancer, and almost 40,000 women will die from the disease this year.

We women know we have too many jobs. At some point, we may find ourselves responsible for children, parents, home, and work simultaneously. We keep a dozen plates spinning in the air at all times. Remember that if we are disabled or worse, all those plates will come crashing down. There are steps we can take to lower our risk of getting breast cancer. Our families, our work, and our lives depend on it.

Radiance Rules for Remaining Cancer-Free

EAT BETTER – Obesity can lead to cancer and other life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. For women, weight gain after menopause is especially dangerous. Eat a healthy diet that is low in animal fat, and high in seeds, nuts, legumes, and organic fruits and vegetables. If you just can’t lose the weight, ask us about The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Programwhere our medical professionals will guide you through a successful weight loss program designed just for you. We start with a thorough medical evaluation to determine if you have underlying issues that may actually contribute to weight gain and resistance to weight loss. Then we customize your weight loss plan to your life style and preferences.

GET FITTER – Everyone has an opinion on the best exercise, but the first step is to get off the couch! The Department of Health and Human Services recommends approximately 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity, as well as strength training exercises at least twice a week. More information on these guidelines can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html

STOP WINING – Again, so many opinions! However, The American Cancer Society has reported that there is a link between alcohol and several kinds of cancers, including breast cancer. Limit yourself to no more than one drink per day to be sure.

CUDDLE UP – Prevention Magazine has reported that women who have sex more than once a month have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who are less sexually active. We don’t know if it’s been proven, but we do know that keeping strong human connections is important to our overall health. Worth a try!

LESS STRESSING – The National Cancer Institute reports that stress can alter the way the immune system functions. Other studies have indicated that women who experience traumatic life events or losses develop significantly higher rates of breast cancer. These studies are in the early stages, but cannot be ignored. Stress has been found to affect our health in many adverse ways. Stress may not be avoidable, but we do need to find healthy ways to manage it.

BREAST IS BEST – Young women are reminded that the longer you breastfeed your babies, the better you are protected against breast cancer as you get older. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you breastfeed for the first 6 months, and continue breastfeeding until your baby is at least 12 months of age as other foods are introduced.

DO THE D – Vitamin D is essential in avoiding aggressive breast cancer, and many other life-threatening diseases. Gail Clayton, our functional medicine provider at Radiance, can order tests to determine your D levels, and recommend a plan to ensure you get the nutrients you need. He will get you started on the right supplements such as Designs for Health Vitamin D Supreme. Keep in mind that year-round exposure to the hot Texas sun is not the answer. One of our expert Radiance aestheticians can recommend a sunscreen that is right for you, such as Reflect RX or SkinMedica Environmental Defense.

KNOW THYSELF – It has recently been reported that women with fibrous breasts are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer than those with more fatty breasts. Ask your doctor about the density of your breasts. Know what your breasts look like and feel like. Especially dense breast tissue can impede the efficacy of a traditional mammogram. In some cases, an MRI or digital mammogram may be recommended.

GET YOUR MAMM, MA’AM – For the last few years there has been controversy over the frequency in which we should get mammograms, but the American Cancer Society claims that women age 40 and over should have a mammogram every year.  It is also important that we remember to perform self-exams every month.

For more information please contact The American Cancer Society. www.cancer.org

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