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October brings so much to us!

Fall fashion, pretty leaves lots of candy and costume parties! One thing it also brings is breast cancer awareness; a subject that is both nostalgic and triumphant. Today we want to also make it informational.

Did you know that...
  • 1 in 8 women U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime
  • About 40K women were expected to die in 2014 from invasive breast cancer (which is semi-good considering that number has been decreasing since 1989).
  • Breast cancer is the MOST COMMONLY diagnosed cancer among African-American women.
  • Breast cancer is the second MOST COMMON cause of cancer death among African-American women
  • In 2014, more than 2.8 million women have a history of having/had breast cancer.
  • A woman's risk of getting breast cancer DOUBLES if she has a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. (mom/sister/daughter)

So what do all of those scary statistics mean? It means it's start to fight back! We don't know about you all, but we love our boobies, and we love our health. We also love you which is why we want to share some things to help keep you healthy and boobiful! There is no way PREVENT breast cancer, but there are ways to decrease your risk of being diagnosed.

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week)
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid chemicals that can cause cancer 
  • Regular self exams -- we are supposed to check at least once a month. It's easiest to throw your exam in during or after your menstrual cycle.
  • Get a mammogram -- women over 50 should be seen once every two years, women younger than 50 should consult her doctor for a suggested time schedule. A mammogram shows any breast changes from the current time and the previous time. It also shows and lumps and or calcification. 
  • Limit your alcohol intake. Two or more alcoholic drinks increase our risk by 1.5.

There is a such thing as a breast cancer survivor; meaning the cancer in some cases can be removed and life can continue to be lived cancer free.
Then there are cases where women lose one or both of her breasts.
Lastly, there are some who lose their life.

We share a lot of things with you all through out the weeks but this is one of the things we really want you to take into consideration. Breast cancer CAN'T win. Do what you need to do to keep yourself cancer free.

If you or someone you know is suffering from breast cancer, or if someone you know has died from breast cancer, send us your/their story (divisionelite@gmail.com). Maybe you or she can help another woman.

WHO DO YOU WEAR PINK FOR??

-CHANNY



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