So most of you are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but how many of you have actually done your recommended monthly self breast exam? And how many of you actually do monthly self breast exams? I’ll be honest, I usually don’t … and even though this month we’ve been bombarded with reminders, I keep on thinking I’ll do it later or tomorrow and time flies by and I just realised Breast Awareness Month is almost over and I haven’t even done my October self exam yet so how can I possibly remember to do it every other month?!
Did you know …
… And doing monthly self breast exams is one of the first ways to detect breast cancer along with clinical breast exams (a breast exam that is done by your doctor) which should be done every 1 to 3 years. It’s been exactly 3 years since my last clinical breast exam, which means I should schedule one soon! Also if you are over the age of fourty or have a history in your family of breast cancer, you should be getting a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
But on top of the million other things we have to remember to do everyday, let alone every month or every year, how are we supposed make sure we remember to schedule these very important tasks into our calendar?!
Luckily, http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/ has an Early Detection Plan that reminds you to perform routine breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms depending on your age and health history by sending you email reminders, notifications on your calendar of choice (eg. Outlook), or via it’s ITunes App which is free to download. You can get it by clicking here: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-edp and simply filling out a short questionnaire which literally takes less than a minute. What a lifesaver! … literally!
For more information on how to do a self-breast exam and what signs to look for when doing one click here: http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-self-exam
For information on where you can get examined in South Africa and how you can support the cause, click here: http://www.pinkdrive.co.za/
And … If you would like to support the cause and get pampered at the same time, Blown Away Salon in Belleville is having a breast cancer awareness month special! They will be donating R20 from every Pink Gel overlay on nails or toe nails as well as R20 from every Pink Manicure or Pedicure for the month of October.
They are located at the corner of Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue and Strand street, Bellville, Cape Town, 7530 and their prices are as follows:
Pink Gel overlay (for breast cancer awareness month) R200
Pink Gel toes overlay (for breast cancer awareness month) R210
Manicure (for breast cancer awareness month) R150
Pedicure (for breast cancer awareness month) R170
For more information, you can contact Annemi at 0722080799.
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