Monday, November 9, 2015

Stay Healthy, Stay Informed

PINKtober Has Come and Gone...

And so has much of the emphasis on breast cancer awareness.  It is certainly wonderful that each year, everyone from our favorite consumer products to the NFL and celebrities dawn pink and promote the importance of fundraising, mammograms and self examinations.  But breast cancer awareness is something that should be on the forefront of our minds all year round.

With that being said, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some tips with you from BHG360° Bankers Healthcare Group, a provider of financing solutions to healthcare professionals.  Below is a great infographic they have provided with breast cancer facts and myth busters.

So What Can You Do?

First and foremost, be self aware.  Do monthly self-examinations to check for any lumps in your breast.  As stated above, only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer, but being aware of any abnormalities and having them checked is key to early detection.  For more information on how to properly do a self examination, visit the Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Next, spread the word.  Don't hesitate to share this information with all your family friends, coworkers etc., and help educate everyone you love on the importance of self-examination.  Use social media to share infographics like the one above, ask your employer if you can post information in the break room, and just simply discuss with your friends and family how important early detection can be in the fight against breast cancer.

Join the fundraising efforts.  There are several organizations that raise money for breast cancer research, funding mammograms, assistance to those battling the disease and of course, also to help spread awareness.  Whether you personally make a donation, do a fundraiser or participate in an event specifically for breast cancer, like the 26.2 with Donna marathon I will be running in February, every little bit helps.  So get involved today!

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