October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as part of this month's Hair Carnival we are doing our part to raise awareness. For the Hair Carnival, I decided to combine the awareness ribbon with a heart design. Cancer awareness is a cause that is very dear to our hearts. We lost my mother in 2008 to a form of cancer. When I found out about this month's carnival, it was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of.
Here are a few facts form the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website:
"The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. Although it is clear that age, gender and lifetime exposure to estrogen and other factors play an important role. Because no one knows exactly what causes breast cancer, there are no sure ways to prevent it. However, there are steps that you can take that may reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine, limiting alcohol intake and postmenopausal hormones, and breastfeeding if you can. For women at higher risk, tamoxifen or raloxifene may be taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer."
"All women are at risk for breast cancer. Known risk factors like having a family history of breast cancer, starting menopause after age 55 or never having children account for only a small number of new breast cancer cases every year. That means that most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors except being a woman and getting older."
Please do your part to raise awareness. This includes monthly breast exams as well as living a healthy life. The facts show that we are all at risk.
We hope that you have enjoyed this month's Hair Carnival. Please be sure to check out all of the other great participants by clicking the links located at the end of this post.
This post is dedicated my mom, Anisa's Nana, and all of those whose lives have been affected by cancer.
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." ~ Thomas Campbell