A week into October and if you didn’t know, now you know that it’s breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women. If you are lucky, you will never know how scary and terrifying finding out you have breast cancer or any cancer really is. Unfortunately, thousands of women know how it feels. Being diagnosed with breast cancer elicits so many fears among them, fear of treatments, fear of the toll the treatments will have on your body and fear of death.
These are just some of the things cancer patients have to go through. It’s a disease that affects many in so many ways. Not just the patients, their families and friends too. This is why breast cancer awareness is very important.
The Pink Promise
The pink promise a promise to create awareness about breast cancer by talking about it, highlighting measures one can take to reduce the risk of cancer etc. It is also a promise to show support and strength for breast cancer survivors, patients and their family and friends.
You might have seen pink ribbons doing the rounds on social media. You may have also seen people sporting pink breast cancer t-shirts, bracelets, jewelry, pins and more. This is part of the pink promise.
Support cancer patients
Cancer is an awful disease and it’s easy for patients to feel like they are fighting it alone. For breast cancer awareness month, reach out to that person you know is fighting it. Let them know you are thinking of them. Offer support, whether financial or in encouragement.
Support their friends and family
Like we stated earlier, cancer also takes a toll on family and friends of patients. They also could do with the support and love.
This goes without saying. Often we forget that a simple checkup could be what saves our lives. While nothing might be wrong with you, a checkup is recommended. For breast cancer awareness month, get screened, do a checkup at home and most importantly remind your friends and family to do so as well.
A healthy diet doesn’t magically prevent cancer but studies show that there are foods that reduce the risk of cancer. For breast cancer awareness month and in the spirit of making a pink promise, we at Yululate are listing foods that according to research, can reduce the risk of getting cancer.
Fish is a smart lean protein source and a great addition to a breast cancer prevention plan, because anti-cancer nutrition recommendations include limiting your intake of red meat and processed meats.
The same sulfur compounds causing that stinky breath when you eat garlic may also stop cancer-causing substances from forming in your body, speed DNA repair and kill cancer cells.
The spice that gives curry its yellow color contains a chemical called curcumin. Studies using curcumin supplements have shown that it could play a role in helping fight breast cancer tumors when combined with certain drug based therapy.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and cauliflower contain phytochemicals which produce protective enzymes that are released when you chew the raw veggie. One of the most protective of these enzymes is sulforaphane. Scientists and researchers say that it might reduce cancer risk, from detoxifying harmful substances such as smoke and other environmental pollutants.
If you normally peel your apple and toss away the colorful wrapping, you’re tossing away a rich source of antioxidants, fiber, and other compounds needed for anti-cancer nutrition. Studies show that it can actually fight the spread of cancer cells. Oranges and berries are also a recommendation.
Other foods that might reduce the risk of cancer include walnuts, tomatoes, soybeans, green tea, strawberries and carrots.
Follow us on Facebook and twitter, we are posting tips relating to breast cancer all through the month. What are you doing to contribute to breast cancer awareness? Is there more we should be doing? Let us know in the comments section below.
This breast cancer awareness month, make the pink promise.