Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Coming to an End

While wrapping up October, it's important to remember that we've been celebrating breat cancer awareness. It's so important to maintain that optimum level of health, and staying cancer free!  I put together a list of questions you should be asking yourself in order to stay at the top of your game. Many of these questions seem obvious, yet they are things that are often overlooked on a regular basis. 

Am I maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

As yogis we do our best to maintain a healthy lifestyle but occasionally our busy lives get in the way. Keeping our weight in check, being physically active, minimizing alcohol intake, and not smoking will all decrease our risk of breast cancer. 

When was my last mammogram?

Our best chance for a cure is early detection.  The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women beginning at the age of 40.

Am I checking myself regularly?

Today 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.  You shouldn’t wait for your annual checkup to alert us of any irregularities. Check yourself in the shower or before bed and report any lumps, thickening, or hardened knots to your physician immediately.

Do I have an especially high risk?

If your family members have been victims of breast cancer, you may be at especially high risk.  For these people, doctors may recommend an MRI along with your annual mammogram. In my family there are a handful of ladies that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and thankfully are now decades later cancer free. 

Am I doing my best to aid in finding a cure? 

Although we may get caught up in keeping ourselves healthy, it is important that we recognize we need to find a cure collectively.  By giving to charities such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the American Cancer Society we can help find a cure as well as support current victims and survivors. 

Love + Light, 

Maria 

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