This post is brought to you by the BCERP. However, all experiences, thoughts, and opinions are 100% my own.
This year, medically and health-wise, has been quite a learning curve for me. One never realizes how quickly lives can change in the blink of an eye — until something is happening. That is pretty much what happened with me.
Earlier this year, as I was showering, I felt a lump on my breast. After the initial freak out, and at the urging of my friends and family, I called my doctor. I had to have my very first mammogram at 33 years old. It was just fatty tissue, but it could have been something much more serious.
It could have been breast cancer. Mothers, it’s important to teach your daughters about breast cancer risks, how it can be prevented and what we can do it about.
Talking About Breast Cancer
My mom has very dense tissue and both my sister and I have large breasts, we knew that at some point we’d have to have boobs squished too – probably sooner than later. She always told us that sometimes we just make fatty cysts, but we should still get examined by our doctors.
One thing I noticed is that year after year the age that women are diagnosed with breast cancer has been decreasing. Our lifestyles play a major role in our health and well-being.
I think as adults, we make conscious decisions about what we put in and on our bodies. Simple lifestyle changes can easily change the path our health is on.
- Reduce the use of chemicals
- Live actively and healthy — exercise, change your diet to a healthier one
- Go green if you can — or as green as you can.
- Talk to your children about how these choices impact their health.
I know that if I had paid more attention to what I was using, what I was eating, and how often I exercised, I wouldn’t have had to sit through those 3 hours.
I promise to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Who are the BCERP
The BCERP is a group of Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit (http://bit.ly/BCERPtoolkit) mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
Using these tips and the toolkit mentioned above can truly change the way we talk about and learn about breast cancer. Learning from a young age can truly shape how we view our health.
The more we know and do to prevent breast cancer, the better our future generations will be. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below (Follow Link Here).
Other Links of Interest
- General Information Flyer: http://bit.ly/BCERPFlyer
- Flyer for Hispanic Spanish-Speaking Populations: http://bit.ly/BCERPSpanishFlyer
- Flyer for African-American Populations: http://bit.ly/BCERPAAFlyer
Visit these links, download the flyers and share them with the women and girls in your community. Share them with the women in your lives.
Because the BCERP is always learning and always trying to find ways to help along with the NIH please take this brief survey.