Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness!
Get your “mammies grammed!”
Personally, I have committed to having my mammogram scheduled on or around my birthday, so that I never forget. My recommendation, to you, would be to do the same.
Here are some key statistics about breast cancer:
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:
- About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
Schedule your mammogram today!
“Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.”
Colon Cancer is the Third Most Common Cancer in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.
Symptoms of colon cancer include:
- Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
- Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
If you do not have any family history of colon cancer, you should begin having screenings at age 50. KNOW YOUR STATUS!
Ways to reduce your risk:
- Eliminate Processed Meats, Cut Back on Red Meat and Meats Cooked at High Temperatures
- Eat Veggies
- Use Probiotics
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D
- Limit your consumption of sugars and refined grains
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Don’t smoke
- Considering a natural detox regimen, from time to time
Reasons to make the switch:
• Whole grains are chock full of fiber, key for proper digestion and bowel function. Aim for a product that has 5 grams of fiber or more per serving.
• They’re heart-healthy. Soluble fibers in whole grains like oats and barley can lower levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, thereby reducing risk of heart disease.
• They help control diabetes. Whole grains are digested and absorbed more slowly than refined grains, which helps curtail spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.
• They’re packed with nutrients, including protein, B vitamins, calcium, folic acid, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, and antioxidants. The same can’t be said for equivalent white products.
• They may help ward off cancer. Studies have associated whole-grain consumption with reduced risk of certain cancers, particularly colorectal.
• They’re satiating. Whole grains stave off hunger better than refined grains do. If you’re looking to lose weight—and keep it off—whole grains can be your ally.
Read more >> http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2012/09/06/whole-grains-whole-diet?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews