Get Ready to Think Pink
During October, one may likely have noticed and perhaps even sported a pink ribbon in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support those who have been diagnosed with, are battling, or are recovering from the disease. For nearly four decades, the country has designated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This time of the year is dedicated to informing the public about breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer (MBC), as well as the significance of early detection and access to quality care.
Cancer touches nearly every family in this country. Nearly 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, which is one in eight women in America over their lifetime. There has been a lot of progress made in the fight against cancer - new ways to detect and prevent it, and medicines and treatments to help extend and save lives. Despite these advancements, a breast cancer diagnosis is still scary and can be confusing. Patients have to go through months of treatments, which includes a lot of medical information to understand.
COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how breast cancer treatments are not equally available to under-resourced communities across the country, and that Black women are at a disadvantage compared to white women. In the U.S. Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer. This means that not only do Black women have to understand a lot of medical information, but they also have to advocate for themselves to get the care they need. On top of this, they also have to worry about paying their medical bills.
The Good News —
This topic is important to our CEO, Corlette Deveaux. She has a number of family members with a history of breast cancer including her late mother, two cousins and most recently her dearest friend, Dr. Michelle C. Powell. She encourages all females to regularly do breast self-exams, "Self-exams are absolutely Free". Annual exam by your doctor and yearly mammograms are also recommended. There are important tools in breast cancer detection — especially early detection, when cancers may be more treatable.
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Let’s use this month to come together and create positive change. Also, don't forget to show your support by wearing anything pink, socks, hat, umbrella, or a ribbon and spreading awareness breast cancer ♀
Our Aging Puzzle:
Everyone should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
Join us weekly for "Our Aging Puzzle" a new show hosted by, our CEO, Corlette Deveaux, Business Coach & Strategist. This inspiring show is about life and aging. It includes 1:1 interviews, stories, and information that will surely be inspirational to all regardless of age. There will be insights on aging, healthcare, chronic diseases and habits to live longer and live better. Like and watch on Fridays at 8 pm Our Aging Puzzle on YouTube. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it gives me great pleasure to have as our guest, My Dear Friend, Dr. Michelle C. Powell.
Dr. Powell will be sharing her breast cancer battle and opens up about her discovery of the diagnosis. Hopefully, we’ll help and inspire patients, survivors, caregivers, and everyone else who has been affected by breast cancer, to bring awareness to the disease.
Eating, exercising, utilizing stress-reducing techniques and socializing can have a positive effect on your physical, mental and overall health.
Consider these 4 things to live longer and live better.
Obesity and Cancer Risk
When it comes to one's own health, does food and exercise impact our health or many types of cancer?
According to American Society of Clinical Oncology has reported that obesity is becoming the main preventable cause of cancer, almost superseding tobacco, and is a key factor in the cancer rate in the country. For this reason, healthy eating and exercise are essential for maintaining good health. Studies have indicated a potential link between regular exercise and a reduced risk of breast cancer; Therefore, regular exercise helps reduce the risk of obesity-associated diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Surprisingly, dietary decisions during childhood and adolescence can have a considerable impact. Research has revealed that being overweight at an early age can elevate the odds of benign breast disease, which in turn increases the risk of developing breast cancer. This higher risk is because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body, and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.
It may be more difficult to shed pounds as we age, but it is achievable with some adjustments to eating habits and physical activity. Begin by consulting your physician regarding a suitable weight based on your age, height, body type, and activity level, and about developing a safe and viable weight-loss plan tailored to your individual needs.
The Good News, studies have consistently shown that lifestyle changes can be made to decrease your chance of getting breast cancer and improve prognosis after a diagnosis. It is estimated that up to a third of breast cancers can be avoided and there are certain tactics we (persons) can take to keep ourselves as healthy as possible.
Eat & Maintain a Healthy Diet - Here's a quick list of Superfoods that are recommended to incorporate into daily diet: Broccoli Sprouts, Arugula, Kale, Flax Seeds, Berries, Apples, and Green Tea.
Exercise Regularly. It helps significantly. IT CAN BE A SIMPLE 30-MINUTE WALK AFTER DINNER.
So eat healthy and walk regularly & Age Gracefully ♥︎
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