Sunday, October 25, 2009

You could not miss it if you wanted to and I am sure you would not want to. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everywhere I go I see pink in the form of ribbons, T-shirts,tote bags and today at the grocery store even brooms. That's a good thing! According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer for females. The bright side of the story is that there are over 2.5million women in the United States that are breast cancer survivors. If you have ever participated in a "Walk For The Cure", "Relay For Life" or "Breast Cancer 3 Day ", I am sure you have noticed how many participants are wearing the pink caps. The pink caps are earned the hard way!

The ACS also acknowledges that one-third of all cancers are related to diet and activity, or the lack thereof. I have often heard women say that the fear of cancer is their greatest fear concerning health. There are no promises, but we can lower our risks of being one-in-eight that will be faced with breast cancer. Making healthy food choices and exercising are positives. The ACS recommends at least 30 minutes of intentional physical activity at least 5 days a week, but 45-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise is preferable. In other words, get sweaty and be ready to hear a little heavy breathing! There are so many benefits from exercise. This is just one.

As October comes to a close, it is important to acknowledge and remember loved ones and friends that have suffered with breast cancer. Women from all walks of life have served as inspiration to me. I am thankful!