This month marks the 27th year we have been observing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last month Radiance partnered with Breast Cancer Charities of America to sponsor the fourth annual Stiletto Sprint at Market Street. Hundreds of men, women, and children came out in support of families struggling with breast cancer. Please follow the progress and pictures at Stiletto Sprint. You will also find us at the Hermann Memorial Foundation’s In the Pink of Health luncheon later this month raising money to combat breast cancer. More information can be found here: In the Pink
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, and about 39,620 women will die from breast cancer.
As women, we are usually running in a dozen directions, taking care of countless people and projects. We must remember that if we aren’t here, or we are incapacitated, all those projects won’t get done. We need to slow down for a moment and consider what we can do to lower our chances of getting breast cancer. Our lives depend on it!
EAT BETTER! Especially after menopause, we must watch our weight. Obesity in later life can lead to cancer and other life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Eat a healthy diet that is low in animal fat, and high in seeds and nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables. If you need extra help, ask us about The Center for Medical Weight Loss, where we start with a thorough medical evaluation to determine if you have underlying issues that contribute to weight gain, and resistance to weight loss. Then we customize your weight loss regimen to your life style and preferences.
MOVE! The Department of Health and Human Services recommends approximately 190 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, as well as strength training exercises at least twice a week. Ask us about Primal Personal Training if you want a great boot camp to get you started!
JUST SAY NO! Limit your alcohol consumption. Alcohol converts to sugar, and cancer loves sugar. Limit yourself to no more than one drink per day.
JUST SAY YES! Prevention Magazine reported recently 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 why not?
JUST SAY AWE! Young women are reminded that the longer you breastfeed your babies, the better you are protected against breast cancer as you get older. Better for baby, too!
SOAK IT UP! Get plenty of Vitamin D to avoid aggressive breast cancer. Exposure to the hot Texas sun is often not the best course of action, especially since our fine Radiance aestheticians have taught us the importance of a good sunscreen such as Reflect RX. At Radiance, our functional medicine doctor, Dr. Bobbie Stowe, can order tests to determine your D levels, and recommend a plan to ensure you get the nutrients you need. Call to schedule a consultation. He can get you started on the right supplements such as Designs for Health Vitamin D Supreme.
CHECK UP! There has been some recent 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 perform self-examinations monthly.
For more information please contact The American Cancer Society.www.cancer.org.