Breast Cancer Awareness

breast-cancer-awareness-monthAlthough not everyone is diagnosed with breast cancer, we are all touched by the disease in some way, shape or form. You may have an acquaintance, close friend or family member who has battled breast cancer.  Or maybe you, yourself are a survivor.

Did you know, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women?  A frightening thought, however, when detected early, breast cancer is a very curable disease.  Awareness, knowing the risk factors, and early detection are key to winning the battle!

Below are a couple helpful resources we want to share:

Understanding Rick Factors, whether Genetic or Environmental, gives us the knowledge that, in turn, makes us powerful in the ability to fight Breast Cancer.

While Early Detection can’t stop breast cancer from happening, but it can increase the odds of full remission.  For many survivors, a yearly mammogram or a self-exam is the reason they are alive and healthy today.

The Sojourn community actively supports a lifestyle of wellness by offering healthy choices. So let’s take a look at how you can work to prevent breast cancer through diet and exercise! The American Cancer Society recommends eating mostly vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  In addition, they encourage less red meat (beef, pork and lamb), less processed meat (bacon, sausage, luncheon meats and hot dogs) and fewer sweets.  A healthy diet can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, as well as other cancer types. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 150 hours a week of moderate exercise. That can include activities like a brisk walk, playing tennis or any activity that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat.

The world-wide-web offers helpful resources for information and additional reading on breast cancer. Here are a few that are well-known:  The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Mayo Clinic, and the American Cancer Society.

We tip our hats to the more than 3 million Breast Cancer Survivors that are currently living in the United States.  You have fought the battle and won.  To the millions that have lost their lives to this disease, we honor you.  And to those experiencing life with a new diagnosis, take it day by day and keep fighting.  Someday there will be a cure. You are not alone in your battle to survive.

Local support is available through these organizations:

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer

Jane Brattain Breast Center

Virginia Piper Breast Center