October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This event started in 1985. Over these 32 years, much has been learned – and taught – about breast health. Breast cancer centers have been established. Survival rates have improved. And support groups are widely available.
Even so, the work is not over. Today, 1 out of 8 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. And even though it is rare in males, 2450 men will be diagnosed this year in the US.
It is important to understand your risk of developing breast cancer. Some risks cannot be changed. You cannot stop growing older, rewrite your family history or your re-engineer your genetics. However, experts agree there are things you can do to reduce your risk. If you are not sure what this means for you, learn more, here.
If you are ready to reduce your risk, start by taking a look at your day to day choices. Are you getting enough exercise? Are you making healthy choices about food and alcohol? Are you still smoking? Are you at a healthy weight?
These changes are challenging for people to make on their own. Many do not know what to do or are worried they will hurt themselves. DHAC’s exercise physiology staff understands this. Every day they help members safely meet their health and fitness goals. Learn how they can help you, here.
P.S. Don’t forget, our annual Party in Pink Zumbathon is October 22nd. This event benefits Susan G. Komen in support of The Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention! Open to all members and guests ages 14 and up. You can sign-up at DHAC’s front desk. We hope to see you there!
-Cathy Mullooly, Diabetes and Exercise consultant at Dedham Health