It’s October and it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re all aware of its very existence but are we aware of the complications and problems it has in package for the women who fall prey to the disease?
Are we aware of the fact that Pakistan has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia; every ninth women is vulnerable to harbouring this disease? Are we aware that every year, 40,000 women are killed with breast cancer and approximately 90,000 new cases are diagnosed?
While most people are aware of the disease, they fail to take the preemptive measures required for early prognosis of the disease. In case of early detection and improved treatments, the mortality rate reduces by 90%. The good news is, breast cancer is curable and October is all about donations, awareness campaigns and support for the affected ones.
So here’s what you can do to help in honor of this month:
- Remind the women in your life to never miss out their annual mammograms
- Send a message of support and love to breast cancer survivors and fighters. You’re all they have. If you know of any woman who’s suffering from it, go to her and support her. Tell her everything will be all right!
- Donate. Every rupee you donate will help a woman inhale another breath.
The very purpose of referring October as ‘Pinktober’ and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to create awareness and foster research on it. However, Breast Cancer isn’t just a month. It’s not only limited to October, instead its daily life for one in nine women and for their loved ones. It’s a struggle for them the whole year round.
If you’re a woman, you need to know the Top 9 Breast Health Tips to reduce the chances of Breast Cancer:
- Exercise at least 40 minutes every day
- Sleep in a dark room.
- Take 2000 to 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily or spend fifteen minutes outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., exposing your arms and legs to sunlight.
- Avoid meat, fish, eggs, dairy and sugar and consume vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains instead.
- Add two tbsp. of freshly ground flaxseeds to your meals
- Add two tsp. of turmeric to your food
- Store leftover food in glass, ceramic or stainless steel instead of plastic
- Avoid using cosmetics, nail polishes, toothpastes, shampoos that contain parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl paraben) or phthalates.
- Spend at least an hour a week in the sauna or exercise to sweat out the environmental chemicals and toxic metals stored in your fat cells.
The good news is that the awareness about Breast Cancer is on rise in the country. Pink Ribbon Pakistan is empowering young girls with the knowledge and techniques to detect breast cancer at early stage. Pink illumination of buildings is being carried out in Karachi and Islamabad including venues such as Mazar-e-Quaid, Centaurus Mall and Centre Point. It’s happening on a smaller scale to such as exciting cycling events and pink ribbon formations at fitness club and Universities.
Let’s all unite to fight Breast Cancer!
Written by Salman Bokhari