First off… I’ve got a little confession.
I live in yoga clothes and hair buns. Really.
I’m a pretty low maintenance kinda girl and quite frankly I love it that way. SO, when you see the photo’s in this post and think to yourselves- man, she’s always in yoga clothes and hair buns… I’ve already done some ‘fessing up!
Breast Cancer Awareness hits pretty close to home for me.
(Are you local to Salt Lake City? Don’t miss an awesome charity event at the end of the post)
My Gram (who was the inspiration behind my blog) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in May of 1986 which she survived for 10 years. She had a mastectomy and under went chemotherapy treatments which helped prolong her life. But, what does that mean for me? It means I have to be on-the-ball!
Keeping up with yearly doctor check-ups is super important… early detection is the key.
I had my first mammogram at the age of 38, a baseline for future reference and now that I’m over 40- it’s a once of year kind of deal. It’s not bad y’all. I was in and out in 15 minutes flat! Hahaha. (excuse my play on words)
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
What can we do to reduce the risk of getting Breast Cancer or any kind of cancer for that matter?
The National Breast Cancer Foundation says there are five habits that each of us can do to greatly reduce our risks of dying from cancer:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay physically active
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Avoid tobacco
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Regular screenings
Early detection provides the greatest possibility for successful treatment. When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.
By performing monthly breast self-examinations, regularly visiting your doctor for scheduled clinical breast exams, and following your recommendations for mammograms, we’re showing commitment to ourselves, our health, and to those we love so we can enjoy a long and healthy life.
Some factors can’t be helped like gender, ethnicity, and genetic history of families. Some factors, we CAN control like being over weight, excessive use of alcohol, and lack of exercise. Plainly, we have better odds of not getting Breast Cancer if we are leading healthy lifestyles.
Which leads me to this awesome event which my local Bikram Yoga studio is having this coming Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 3pm AND come yoga with me…
It’s so fun~ come and yoga with me AND bring a friend or husband or sister too. Everyone wear a little pink and get all healthy together 🙂