Breast Cancer - it is something that brings a chill to so many people. Just about everybody knows somebody whose life has been affected by it. I have a friend of mine, a wonderful lady fighting for her life….again. She beat it six years ago and is giving it all she has to beat it again.
So, this brought me to the realization that I had to do something, anything I could to help fight this terrible disease. I found out that a friend of mine started a branch of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer out of Plymouth in 2007 when they joined the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The first event that our little group did was a Pub Crawl; hence the name “Tipsy Tatas.”
The Tipsy Tatas has done a Pub Crawl every September since 2009 in Downtown Plymouth. This summer we organized our Second Annual Golf Outing. Between the two functions this year we have raised nearly $10,000 to help in the fight against Breast Cancer.
We do have more raffle items that can be purchased through our Facebook page: The drawing for these items will be done at the walk in October.
Just always remember that every little bit does help. You may not feel that what you can do is enough, but doing nothing is sometimes just not an option!
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. They provide a wide range of support services to those fighting cancer and their caregivers and family members. For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program has helped people (female and male) cope with their breast cancer experience. This experience begins when someone is faced with the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and continues throughout the entire period that breast cancer remains a personal concern.
According to ACS, there are steps you can take to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point during her life. While you can’t change some risk factors -- genetics and aging, for example -- there are things you can do that may lower your breast cancer risk. Here are 4 ways to help protect your breast health.
Watch your weight. Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk. This is especially true after menopause and for women who gain weight as adults. If you’re already at a healthy weight, stay there. If you’re carrying extra pounds, try to shed some. There’s evidence that losing weight may lower breast cancer risk.
Exercise regularly. Many studies have found that exercise is a breast-healthy habit. As little as 75 to 150 minutes of brisk walking each week has been shown to lower risk. Ramping up your exercise routine even more may lower your breast cancer risk even further.
Limit alcohol. Women who have 2 or more alcoholic drinks a day have about 1½ times the risk of breast cancer compared to women who don’t drink at all.
Avoid or limit menopausal hormone therapy. Taking hormones such as estrogen and progesterone had long been used for night sweats, hot flashes, and other troublesome symptoms of menopause. But in 2002, researchers found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin were more likely to develop breast cancer. Breast cancer risk appears to return to normal within 5 years after stopping the combination of hormones.
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