Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October our heads fill with thoughts of Halloween, orange leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, but this month especially is a time to think about women’s health. October is breast cancer awareness month, bringing attention to the most common cancer among women in the United States. Showing your support doesn’t have to be centered on just wearing pink; it can be around raising awareness.
This October support a worthy cause by working out. By participating in a run, a breast cancer workout class or simply encouraging others to live a healthier lifestyle — you can give back, start the conversation and tell your personal story.
Give Back & Raise Awareness
By participating in an annual run for a cure you are contributing to breast cancer awareness, along with helping to educate yourself and others of the causes, symptoms — and most of all, the importance of getting screened. Cancer does not discriminate. For some, access to breast cancer detection and even treatment can be limited. By participating in a breast cancer run, you can help bring breast cancer resources and education to those in need — possibly providing life-changing guidance.
Start the “Personal Health” Conversation
While it may be a tough conversation to have, talk to your family and friends and encourage them to actively get screened, eat healthier and work out. Early detection leads to higher survival rates. It is recommended that starting at 20, women should be getting clinical breast exams every three years. If you are over 50, you should be getting a mammogram and clinical breast exam every one to two years. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, ask your doctor how often you should be tested.
Get Involved in a Breast Cancer Workout Class
Working out alongside strong women, especially cancer survivors, is more than just inspirational, it can be extraordinary. Participating or volunteering to help in a class allows you to hear their stories and support them. Workout routines for women who have breast cancer and are survivors can be limited, but these programs are designed to help build muscle and energy.
Tell your Story
Whether it be you or your best friend’s mother, we have all been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. By sharing your personal experience, you help others feel that they are not alone. You can do this by blogging about your experience, sharing on social media or attending a breast cancer event. Hearing your story could be the inspiration that someone needs and offer them hope. Not only may it help others, it can give you a sense of solace.