Friday, October 9, 2009

October--Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am seeing pink everywhere this month! From our MN Vikings to the check-out fella at the grocery store. So here are some facts and info about breast cancer to go along with the pink.

*Vigorous exercise can cut breast cancer risk by 30%! Brisk walking just 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes can make such a difference. Just get out there and move!

*Watch your alcohol intake. Scientists know that there's a clear link between even moderate drinking (yes,red wine too) and an increased risk of breast cancer. Cutting down is very worthwhile!

*Keep your girlish figure. Gaining a significant amount of weight in your 20's-50's doubles your risk of breast cancer.

*Drink more tea. Women who regularly drink tea get some protection against breast cancer.

*Up the fiber! Fiber reduces the risk of breast cancer and keep fibrocystic breast condition and mastalgia (breast pain) at bay. Aim for 28 grams every day. (men should aim for 38)

*Take Vitamin D. This vitamin keeps cancerous cells from multiplying, tells tumor cells to kill each other and produces a tumor-suppressing protein.

*Add lots of fruits,veggies and whole grains to your diet.

*Regular mammograms after age 40 may reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.

I wasn't aware of this until I read it on the Susan G. Komen ( website. "Age is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to develop the disease. In general, rates of breast cancer are low in women under age 40, begin to increase after age 40 and are highest in women over age 70. In the United States, 95 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer each year are age 40 or older. Age is also a risk factor for male breast cancer. However, breast cancer is less common in men than in women ." There is a wealth of information on this website.

Check out the sister website ( where you can buy all kinds of neat pink stuff. 25 percent of your merchandise purchase price will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in the fight against breast cancer.

I'm sure there are lots of other great things in pink to buy that benefit Breast Cancer research. Have you seen or purchased anything fun?
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