We need strong Moms…take care of yourself, spread the word about breast cancer prevention!
My 3 strong “little girls”…who show me that they are strong women too! (Pretty strong son too!)
Last night I cheered on a 6th grade girl’s basketball team that our 26-year-old daughter has volunteered to coach. I was joined by our 21-year-old daughter who is a student teacher for the same girls! So I watched Coach Love and Miss Love interact with these young girls who they are influencing in so many ways. Just a couple of weeks ago I saw our #2 daughter with the patients that she is caring for as a nurse. Those moments are ones that I treasure, seeing my daughters who I love so deeply, reaching for their dreams and becoming strong women. They are still my “little girls” but it is awesome to also see them as wonderful women.
We all are women with passions and real purpose in our lives. So many of you are in the middle of the wonderful years of parenting young children; those are great years, but very busy and full of “constant giving” of yourself. Those are years that Moms may begin to not take care of themselves, because they are so busy caring for their children!
During this month of breast cancer awareness, we also need to focus on keeping ourselves healthy; for us and our families. What lifestyle choices can you make now that may help decrease your risk for breast cancer and definitely help make you healthier?
- Scientific studies are showing that alcohol consumption can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. I love my glass of wine, but the studies are showing us moderation is important, the risk is dose dependent. This means that if we are drinking more than one glass of wine a day, our risk may increase. “Compared with non-drinkers, women who consume 1 alcoholic drink a day have a very small increase in risk. Those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who don’t drink alcohol.” So, alcohol in moderation.
- Women who are obese have a greater risk of breast cancer. There is an increase in estrogen in women who are overweight, and this increases the risk. Start making good choices in your diet and exercise. You deserve to be healthy and feel healthy!
- Exercise decreases your risk of breast cancer. “In one study from the Women’s Health Initiative, as little as 1.25 to 2.5 hours per week of brisk walking reduced a woman’s risk by 18%.”
- Breastfeeding Moms will decrease the amount of estrogen, which will decrease overall risk. Great for baby and Mom too!
- Starting at age 40, mammograms annually! If you have a family history of breast cancer, discuss with your doctor when and what type of screening is best for you. If you are younger and being screened or have been told you have “dense” breasts, ask about a breast MRI screening. This can be more accurate for younger, more fibrous or dense breasts.
- Take a few minutes each month to do a self breast exam. This will help you know your own breasts and any changes.
Know your risks, embrace a healthy lifestyle, get your screenings, and do your own monthly self breast exams. We are all strong women, and we need to be healthy and feel healthy to love and care for our families. I know that I will be having this conversation with my young, beautiful, strong daughters…we women need to spread the word to all of our friends, moms, sisters and most especially our daughters.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.
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