Combining her love for fashion and sustainability, fashion expert and passionate health crusader, Michelle Korbel is the Founder and CEO of Ohganix®; a lifestyle company for men and women focused on creating health conscious organic apparel.

October is just beginning and I am sure you have already seen many advertisements for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Every October we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) as an international health campaign to support those affected by breast cancer.  In order to raise the awareness of this disease, major breast cancer charities and fundraisers raise funds to support research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

A brief history on Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that it was founded in 1985 between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstrZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs).  The goal of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.  Since its development, a variety of events including walks and runs have been organized to help spread breast cancer awareness.

Men can get breast cancer too…

Breast cancer (although much less of an occurrence) can also happen in men.  Even though the phenomenon occurs much less in men, it is becoming more and more prevalent; along with the escalation of breast cancer in women.  This day-in-age, why is there an increase in breast cancer patients when there is more and more research being done to support a greater knowledge of the disease, along with more medical support to help fight it?  Breast cancer cases should be decreasing not increasing!  To find the reason for this, don’t look at your genetic DNA for the answer… The keys and knowledge to PREVENT breast cancer is already known.  So rather than focusing on “finding a cure”, in this article we will focus on preventing it all-together.

Preventing breast cancer means raising your awareness

Many factors can contribute to breast cancer so it is important to be conscious of these influences to deter your body from being susceptible to this disease.  A list of preventative measures include:

  1. Eat a healthy diet
  2. Make sure you stay hydrated
  3. Move and do some exercise
  4. Nourish your well-being
  5. Curb your stress levels
  6. Get a restful
  7. Nurture your skin
  8. Avoid environmental toxins
  9. Stay balanced
  10. Know your family history
  11. Most importantly – Have FUN!!!

If we look further into these preventative measures in the next blog series. We will provide you with additional guidance on how to implement them into your everyday life as we want to empower you ladies to start taking control of your health!

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Resources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Breast_Cancer_Awareness_Month

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/breast-cancer-risk-factors/prevent-breast-cancer-aluminum-47100115

http://www.scafo.org/library/110401.html

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20100209/dry-cleaning-chemical-likely-causes-cancer
http://www.goddesshuntress.com/tag/oxybenzone/
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