This is Day 8 in the 1/2 CMBA Marathon Blogging Challenge to post for 13 days in October.
I want to kick off this week by rallying support and attention to Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October. Husbands, please diligently encourage your wife to have regular clinical breast examinations and mammograms done. Women can perform breast self-exams at home to become familiar with their breast tissue “make-up” and check for abnormal lumps or textures; however, self-checks should not replace regular clinical screenings. The great part is a husband can assist his wife and show her that he cares for her health and well-being by being directly involved with her breast health!
Ephesians 5:28-29~ “… husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you :
1. Know your risk
Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.
Talk to your health care provider about your personal risk of breast cancer.
2. Get screened
Ask your health care provider which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk.
Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.
3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
*Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
*Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
*Change in the size or shape of the breast
*Dimpling or puckering of the skin
*Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
*Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
*Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
*New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Add exercise into your routine.
*Limit alcohol intake.
*Limit postmenopausal hormone use.
*Breastfeed, if you can.
*This info was updated July 2012 at http://ww5.komen.org/breastcancer/breastselfexam.html *
Let the month of October be a turning point where husbands will:
~Stand by their wife’s side and support Breast Cancer Awareness.
~Remind their wife, mother, aunts, sisters–all women–to be screened for breast cancer.
Have fun with this!!!
~Plan a “Boo-B-Que”!!! Cookout on the grill and invite family and friends over for a (Pink-ribbon themed) Breast Cancer Awareness party.
~Help your wife feel her breasts 🙂
Proverbs 5:19 KJV~ “19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.”
Wives, follow the link below to participate in a revolutionary study by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation that involves both healthy women and men (men can fall victim to breast cancer,as well) those who are breast cancer patients or survivors. Share it with as many women and men as you can!
Be blessed and Happy Pink October!