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Happy Tuesday, beautiful friends!
As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a topic that's very near and dear to my heart (I did an over 80 page pre-dissertation paper and research study in college) mainly because breast tumors have unfortunately run in my family. My mother discovered her first fibroadenoma (a benign or non cancerous tumor in the breast) when she was just 12 years old and has had over 8 surgeries to remove them over the years. As of now, she has over 20 in both breasts, which are being closely monitored by doctors, as she is said to be high risk for breast cancer, but we are having faith that her risk will diminish! I discovered a tumor in my breast at the age of 19 and had it removed during mid-terms in my second year of college, so you can imagine how stressful it was! Yet, I still managed to have a positive outlook; I was pre-med, so I was driving all the doctors nuts with questions and was studying for my midterms right up until they were wheeling me into the operating room; I have to laugh at that now, haha!
Anyway, I say all of that to make sure that you are frequently checking your breasts every month at the end of your menstrual cycle, never during, since your breasts tend to be a bit more cystic and lumpy because of your hormones during this time, which is completely normal. Here's a great article which demonstrates how to perform a self breast exam (BSE) and don't forget to make sure to ask your doctor, when you go for your annual check up, to perform a clinical breast examination (CBE) and let him or her know if any breast or ovarian tumors or cancer run on either side of your family.
Of course the color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is pink, so I compiled some of my current pink favorites, which I hope you love! How awesome are those Hunter rain boots?!
I hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by and please share this information with all the women in your lives, the more we know, the more we can take preventative action!