Pink Ribbons


October brings the fall, the leaves change to brilliant yellows and golds, and jack-o-lanterns begin to grace each doorstep. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Recently a dear friend of mine lost someone to Breast Cancer. She braved this disease and fought hard against it every moment since her diagnosis. I did not know her well but I know her spirit lives on in the lives of the people who loved her. She should be honored for her grace, her strength, and for the fight she found within herself. Most of us have been affected by Breast Cancer. A family member, a friend, an acquaintance. It is up to all of us to do what we can to prevent this disease and also do what we can to support research to cure it.

1. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity.
2. 1 in 100 of men can get Breast Cancer. It is most common between the ages of 60- 70.
3. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women ages 40 and above have a mammogram every 1-2 years. If Breast Cancer runs in your family talk to your doctor about having a mammogram before the age of 40.
4. Being active reduces your risk of weight gain and therefore reduces your risk of Breast Cancer. Yet another reason to exercise!

Would you like to read more? Check out the following websites and talk to your doctor.

ww5.komen.org/
http://www.pinkribbon.com/
http://www.breastcancer.org/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast

In Health,
Tricia

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