Have you, or someone you know, been affected by Breast Cancer?Did you know that every three minutes, a women is diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It is estimated that 226, 870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and about 39,510 will die from the cancer. Breast Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. (Lung cancer is the first.)
In a continuing attempt to bring awareness to the need to find a cure, and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, #EstrovenPink has invited women to come together and host a pink themed party. (You can host a party too.)
So, this past week, a few of us got together for a Sleep-Pink Party.
It was low key and relaxing.
I rounded up some pink flowers to decorate.
We had pink punch. And it gave me a chance to use these really fun mason jar lids.
We ate pink frosted cookies.
And painted our nails our favorite shade of pink.
We also talked about what precautions we could take to fight against breast cancer.
Stats like the ones listed above make me feel helpless. We all know at least 8 women, which means there is a good chance one of them/us will be affected.
In preparation for the pink party, I did a little research to see if there was anything I could do. Here are 5 things we can do to help lower our risk of breast cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Weight gain in midlife has been shown to significantly increase breast cancer risk. Maintain weight by eating right and exercising.
Consume as many fruits and vegetables as you can.
Eat 7 or more servings a day. The best vegetables to eat are brocoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots and tomatoes. Dark Leafy Greens like collards, kale and spinach. The best fruits include citrus, berries and cherries.
Exercise regularly throughout your life.
30 minutes a day, five days a week. Remember, it isn't so much the duration or the intensity, as much as the consistency.
Take a supplement daily.
It is important to take a multivitamin, 500-1,000 mg of vitamin C, 200-400 IU's of vitamin E, and fish oil. 200 mcg of mineral seleniums is also important. You can eat one or two Brazil nuts as an alternative.
Have a good mental attitude.
Take care of yourself. Cultivate healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with family and friends. Get enough sleep, 7-8 hours. Find your groove and work to keep it. Mind-body associations with breast cancer are significant.
With three girls, pink is a favorite color in our house. And so is the worry about breast cancer. The sleep pink party was a good reminder for all of us.
Have any of you battled Breast Cancer? What about your mom, sisters or friend?
During the month of October, Estroven is providing women with the necessary tools to host a Sleep Pink-themed party on SleepPink.com. The site will allow party hosts to upload photographs of their events, and for every photo, the company will pledge $100 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It will also provide information to help organize the Sleep Pink parties including downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly
drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas.
To find out how to host an Estroven Sleep Pink-themed party and raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit www.SleepPink.com.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.