4 Ways to Honor Your Health and Wellness During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by Kate Hynson
October 7, 2019 .3 min read
268,600. You may have not known but this is the approximate number of women that will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019.
However, you may know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of all the women who fought and continue to fight the battle of Breast Cancer every day, we’re sharing four ways you can honor your physical and financial health and wellness, as well as take preventive measures around breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women across the world. Female breast cancer alone makes up over 15 percent of all new United States cancer diagnoses. Although the risk of breast cancer heightens when you have an immediate family member who had it themselves, breast cancer is not solely genetic. We want to ensure that all women are protecting their health as necessary.
Get Yourself Checked
It is recommended that women begin self-breast examinations as a preventive measure around breast cancer at around age 20. This is something that you can continue at minimum on a monthly basis even through pregnancy and menopause to ensure that you don’t notice any significant changes in how your breasts look or feel. In addition to self-breast examinations, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that you should receive a clinical breast examination at around 25 years of age every one to three years until you reach age 40. At 40, ACOG recommends women begin screening mammography, a test that uses x-ray technology to check for breast cancer. These tests give you an update of your health as your body continues to change as you get older.
Talk to Your Doctor & Maintain Your Health
Although eating your greens can’t completely prevent breast cancer, there are some things that you can do for your health and wellness to reduce your risk. Breastfeeding has been linked to adding a protective effect against breast cancer. Additionally, it is recommended to limit alcohol consumption to one alcoholic beverage per day or less, as alcohol consumption has been linked to an increase in the risk of breast cancer among women. Keeping yourself physically active with some moderate activity and getting your body moving throughout the week are great ways to stick to a healthy weight for your body, which is also recommended for women to reduce their risk of breast cancer.
Protecting the Value of Your Life
Unfortunately, breast cancer can come unexpectedly for many women, as less than 15 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary. Of course, you can’t protect yourself from all the “what ifs” of life, but getting life insurance is something that you can do to protect the value of your life. If you were to be diagnosed with breast cancer, you’d want to know that your family and loved ones would be okay financially if something were to happen to you. If you don’t have life insurance or you only have life insurance through your job, October might be a great time to sit down with an advisor and talk about the benefits of life insurance.
When tragedy strikes it’s natural for emotions to run wild, making it difficult to make sound decisions, especially around your finances. Having a will and making sure that it’s up-to-date ensures that if something were to happen to you, your assets would go exactly where you’d want them to. Be sure to check in on your will and other financial accounts every so often, as your beneficiaries or other personal information may change.
Our hearts at myWorth are with all of the women who face the battle of Breast Cancer and fight it each day. If you’d like to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you can do so here. You can also get involved in races and other events to show your support in fighting this disease.
Philadelphia native and Penn State alumna, Kate Hynson, always had a flair for marketing. During her college years, Kate took on several brand ambassador roles and even a President role for the Penn State CHAARG chapter, which held over 275 members. Her ability to command a room and deliver a clear message aligned perfectly with the myWorth mission as we aim to provide clear financial guidance to women on a mission. Through myWorth, Kate has been able to help women feel empowered by fearlessly own their finances.