October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month was initiated in 1985. Closely associated with this is the Pink Ribbon, which can be seen in many places, especially during this month. It is intended to raise awareness of breast cancer, to raise awareness of prevention options, early detection, but also treatment and aftercare - all over the world. Because breast cancer concerns us all.
Regular Self-examination helps to detect any abnormalities in your breast. Early signs can be a lump in a breast, a painful breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple.
If any of these symptoms do present themselves there is no need to panic, but a doctor should be visited to be sure and further measures can be taken. A doctor will most likely perform a manual exam, and send you for a mammogram or/and an ultrasound. Early detection is a lifesaver.
There are also preventive measures, for example:
prolonged breastfeeding, regular physical activity;
avoiding harmful use of alcohol;
avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke;
avoiding prolonged use of hormones; and
avoiding excessive radiation exposure.
A healthy diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes is also preventive.
More information can be found here:
Breast Cancer Awareness Blogs | Adventist Health
I am sure, each of us knows at least one affected person. Why not take this opportunity, to send an encouraging card to a friend? Provide a heart-shaped pillow for an affected one as a support after surgery. Plan a sponsor run, spread hope, and share a story of a breast cancer survivor. Pray for cancer patients.
If you know someone who is affected, try to just be there for them with little tokens of your love and pray for them and accompany them on their journey.
Dagmar Dorn, EUD WM Director