As October comes to a close and Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, we’ll all probably start seeing less pink on TV commercials and your favorite products, but that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about breast cancer. While Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be almost over that doesn’t mean that our fight against breast cancer is. October, December, January, or June breast cancer is something we all need to be aware of all year round.
To help you keep breast cancer awareness in mind January through December here are a few action items you can do every month in the coming year.
November- Take a Breast Cancer Awareness Quiz
What’s your breast cancer IQ? Take this informative quiz from the American Cancer Society and find out. You’ll learn about the ties between breast cancer and family history, male breast cancer, and even mammograms. It’s just six questions so it won’t take long, but the lessons learned can go a long way in helping you better understand the disease.
December- Schedule Your Mammogram
When was the last time you had a mammogram? There are differing beliefs on when women should start mammograms and how often they need them, but most health providers agree that mammograms are an essential tool for catching breast cancer early. If you’re overdue for your mammogram, schedule one today. Even if you have breast implants you still need mammograms; here are some tips for getting the best possible results from your screening.
January- Hit the Gym
Going to the gym isn’t just a good New Year’s resolution; it is an excellent way to cut your breast cancer risk. Evidence shows that regular exercise can lower your chances of getting breast cancer. Staying active also fights obesity, another factor that can impact your likelihood of getting the disease.
February- Breast Self-Exams Save Lives
Do you know what your normal breast looks and feels like? Breast self-exams are easy to do and can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home. If you don’t know how to do an exam, check out this guide for some tips.
March- Love Your Breasts
When we think about breast cancer suddenly our breasts become something to be afraid of. Shed the fear and love your breasts. If you aren’t happy with the size or shape of your breasts, come talk with us about breast implants. If you have too much sagging, consider a breast lift. Your breasts are something to celebrate, even if they can get cancer.
Breast cancer awareness and research are expensive and the many wonderful charities working hard to fight the disease need our help. If you can, consider making a donation to your favorite breast cancer charity.
May- Eat Healthy
A healthy diet can help reduce your breast cancer risk. This month try adding some of these powerful breast cancer-fighting foods into your diet. Yum!
June- Learn about Breast Reconstruction
The breast reconstruction decision is a tough one for many breast cancer survivors to make. The procedure is often misunderstood and many women don’t know their options. In January learn about reconstruction so if you or a loved one are ever faced with the decision you’ll know where to turn for answers.
July- Take a Walk
Many breast cancer organizations sponsor awareness walks throughout the year. Find one in your area and walk for the cause. Whether you choose a local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event or join a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event, you’ll be doing your part to fight breast cancer while making some new friends too.
August- Quit Smoking
Smoking isn’t good for your health and we all know it. Make the commitment to stop smoking. Try and try again if you struggle or slip up. Quitting tobacco is hard, but you can do it. Your breasts will thank you.
September- Share Your Voice
You can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer without ever leaving your own home. Share your voice by connecting and sharing with breast cancer organizations online using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.
October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
After a year of breast cancer awareness activities, October will likely hold new meaning for you. Use this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to educate friends and family and to renew your commitment to fighting breast cancer.
How will you remember breast cancer all year round?
Source: Mayoclinic, komen.org, doctoroz.com