An Important To-Do This October

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a very important time of year and the message deserves center stage. However — many people tune it out. Myself included. It’s very easy to glaze over when the pink ribbons pop out year after year. Saying that though, for anyone going through treatment for cancer, this can be a tough time for them. No one said it was going to be easy, but even giving a loved one gifts or just visiting them daily could mean more to them than you may think.

We should remember that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but I know that getting a productive person to give up part of her day for screening might require a little more convincing.

Don’t think you’ve got enough time to screen yourself? See how many of the items below you have on your to-do list this week.

In 10 minutes you can:

  1. Gossip with coworkers
  2. Scroll through your Facebook and Twitter feeds
  3. Browse a magazine (either physically or digitally using NextIssue)
  4. Paint your nails
  5. Give yourself a self-breast exam

In 1-hour you can:

  1. Take a yoga class (I love Ekhart Yoga)
  2. Watch an episode of The White Queen
  3. Get lunch with a friend
  4. Clean out your refrigerator
  5. Have a mammography

We all make time to do at least a few of these things every week, so one day this October please make time for a breast cancer screening. If you’d like more information, check out the Susan G Komen website.

 

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