October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cancer isn’t predictable and can be tough, but here are a few simple ways to take care of you and loved ones. (Men, this includes you too.)
Lead by Example
Perform monthly self breast exams; no one knows your body like you do. Make sure you schedule a clinical breast exam with your primary care physician, too. Set a good example for the loved ones around you by incorporating healthy practices. This can include, starting a garden, eating as local as possible, exercising regularly, and packing healthy lunches for your kids.
Talk to Your Family and Friends
Teach your family, about self care and good breast health. Tell them about the health risks that come with smoking and alcohol. Talk with your kids, siblings, parents and grandparents about your family’s health history. Consider talking to your sister, mom, or best friend about getting a mammogram or Thermascans - or go together!
Give a Meaningful Gift
Go out of your way to show someone you care. If someone close to you is struggling with cancer, offer to get their groceries, bake them a dish, take them to a doctor’s appointment, or just be there for them when they need it. A gift doesn’t have to involve money or the purchase of a material item. A sentimental trinket is nice, but having compassion and showing care for someone going through something really difficult is worth so much more.
Consider raising money for a good cause, attending a local event, or starting your own fundraiser during the month of October. Get involved and make a difference.
Take Care of Yourself
Put in the effort to take care of yourself and this goes beyond eating healthy. Take time to exercise and curb any habits that negatively affect your health. Replace them with good ones. Turn your 10 minute smoke break into a 10 minute walk break. Avoid staying up to late and try to go to bed even 20 minutes earlier and finally get more massages.