Did you know October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month? With breast cancer the second leading cause of death among women and the second most common type of cancer behind skin cancer (American Cancer Society) its critical as a Thriving Clinician & Individual that these issues stay ‘top of mind’ in taking care of yourself. Although 100 times less common in men than women it’s still an issue for all.

For all here are some of the steps we know to both prevent and detect it early as reported by the Prevent Cancer Foundation:

If you have infants, breast-feed them.

Limit the amount of alcohol consumed daily to 1 drink a day for women and 2 a day for men, unless alcohol or other substances are a problem for you – then skip this one!

Exercise 30-60 minutes a day.

Obtain and maintain a healthy weight.

Don’t smoke and quit if you do. (Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer among women and smoking doesn’t help anything)

Prevention steps include talking to your primary health care provider about when to start regular mammograms and a schedule for how frequently to follow up.

If you are at high risk, talk with your health care professional about beginning annual screening mammograms at a younger age and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk with your health care professional about genetic testing.

At menopause, talk with your health care professional about whether you should have hormone replacement therapy.

Breast self-exam is one way that you can get to know what is normal for your breasts. If you notice changes, see your health care professional right away.

Do some of these recommendations feel overwhelming to you?

Have you noticed yourself putting some of these recommendations off?

Today is the day to pick one and start working on achieving it!

Fearful of a self-exam? Ask your primary care physician to teach you how and when to do it.

Afraid of a mammogram? The fear is far worse then the test – promise!

Need extra support? I’d be more than happy to work with you on these issues! You can do these and in doing so you’ll support your own efforts to Thrive!