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October is breast cancer awareness month

Breast cancer awareness is one initiative that is close to my heart. After working for a health organization for nearly three years and doing my part to help improve the health of Americans suffering from chronic diseases and illnesses, I’m definitely more acute to the importance of finding cures for these diseases.

Awareness should be year-round, in my opinion, but I’m glad the month of October is dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer. And in today’s post, I want to share with you why you should do your monthly breast exam, share some facts about breast cancer and provide you with a list of great organization that work tirelessly to find a cure for this horrible disease while education the general public year-round.

Monthly Breast Exam

Why should you do a monthly breast exam? Well, because it could SAVE your life! Early detection is the first step to becoming a survivor. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved”. Learn more about early detection, courtesy of ACS.

Breast Cancer Resources

American Cancer Society has a great PDF resource document that covers everything on breast cancer, and I mean everything! Get answers to everything from diet and exercise, mammograms, self-breast exams, to lifestyle-related risk factors for breast cancer. [Download the PDF Now!]

Additional Resources

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) has a complete list of great organizations that are working to fight cancer while educating women (and let’s face it) and men about breast cancer and other cancers. Click here to view the complete list.

Btw, kudos to the White House (or should I say Pink House) for participating in raising awareness for breast cancer awareness month.

So dreamlovers, pass on this post–email, tweet, re-post, re-blog it so all your girlfriends remember to do a self-breast exam. It could save their lives! Thanks!

Vitamin D Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to MSNBC.com, “for the past few years vitamin D has been the “it” vitamin, with studies wildly trumpeting the supplement’s role in strengthening bones, reducing the risk of some cancers, heart disease, along with fighting autoimmune diseases and diabetes. But long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there’s no proof that megadoses of the “sunshine vitamin” prevent cancer, diabetes or other conditions.”

I am a huge vitamin consumer so when I heard this, I thought, now what? Then I saw this infographic and thought I should share.

In my opinion, I believe the best way to get vitamin D is through foods like salmon, yogurt and the others listed. I mean just because some study says there’s no connection between V. D and prevention of cancers+diseases doesn’t mean stop taking it. As always, you should check w/your primary care physician, as he/she knows what’s best for you.

What do you think about this, will you stop taking vitamin D?