It’s October and we’re getting close to celebrating a few holidays in the coming months, but there is something else we all should be celebrating – Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We should celebrate the bravery of those lost, the determination of those fighting, the health we are lucky to have and the ways in which we can help. Since it is an ‘Awareness’ month, let’s learn about Breast Cancer, how we can help prevent it and how we can help find a cure for this invasive disease that can affect up to 1 in 8 women.
Here are some facts about breast cancer that you might not know about courtesy of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
- Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is not only limited to women – men can get it too.
- Around 2,150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and around 400 die; over 220,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and around 40,000 will die.
- Only people who have a history of breast cancer are high risk – FALSE! Only around 10% of breast cancer victims have a history of breast cancer in their family, 90% do not.
- GOOD NEWS: Global breast cancer rates are decreasing and death rates are also decreasing thanks to technological innovations and early detections J
Eating right is a necessity for maintaining a healthy body and weight, but it can also decrease the chances of getting breast cancer. Here are some ways you can help prevent getting sick by the way you choose to eat and drink:
- Eat fewer foods that contain Omega- 6 fats, such as sunflower and corn oils, Trans fats and saturated fats. Instead, eat foods that contain monounsaturated oils (olive oil, canola, avocado etc.,) and Omega-3 oils which you will get from fish such as salmon and tuna – yum!
- Soy is good – but only organic soy! More soy = less risk for breast cancer = 🙂
- Less white! Minimize your consumption of white bread, white flour, white rice etc., and eat more whole grain!
- Make sure you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, which is easy because they are delicious!
- If you are over 21 (18 in most European countries), minimize alcohol consumption. Experts say that having more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase your risk of breast cancer by up to 25%!
Since all the Sarah Scoop readers are fabulous fashionistas, what better way to help a phenomenal cause and help celebrate a month of bravery and determination than buy PINK?
There are several places where you can buy pens, pins, etc., that will help fund the search for a cure, so be sure to look out for them the whole month of October! Other stores make a huge effort to help, such as Ulta:
Ulta have several beautiful products by all your favorite brands such as Stila, Coach and Smashbox and all these brands are donating a portion of the proceeds towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. What better way to help out your fellow girls by buying what we all love best – cosmetics!
Take a peek at what Ulta has to offer this month.
Wear your favorite pink lipstick, shirt, dress, jeans and whatever else you have to show solidarity and support for those who have gone, are going, or will go through treatment for breast cancer. If you wish to skip the products and just donate, here is the place you can do just that.
This October, think PINK!