GET EDUCATED

Get Educated 2017-10-05T17:42:40+00:00

EDUCATION IS FREEDOM

At BCCA, we believe in treating the mind, body, and spirit as a whole, as well as prevention, treatment, and survival, and we want to share some of our tips with you. Maybe you haven’t been diagnosed with cancer, but a close family member or friend has been. We have information on how to be a support system as well. Click to learn more.

PREVENTION
MIND – BODY – SPIRIT
SUPPORT SYSTEM

PREVENT, TREAT, SURVIVE

UNDERSTANDING BREAST CANCER

Did you know 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer? The good new is that a healthy diet and exercise routine can reduce your chance of breast cancer by nearly 40%! It’s important to know the symptoms of breast cancer because when caught early, breast cancer has a 98% survival rate.

SYMPTOMS TO KNOW:

  • A lump or thickening in the breast
  • A change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • A nipple turned inward
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast or nipple

While these symptoms don’t automatically indicate breast cancer, it is important to speak to a doctor if you have any of these conditions.

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health during a diagnosis like cancer. At The Breast Cancer Charities of America, we’re passionate about focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. We take your mental well-being seriously, and you should, too. In order to maintain a positive spirit during your diagnosis, make sure you’re doing these things for yourself:

  • Talk to someone you can trust about how you feel
  • Sleep well most of the time
  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly
  • Find joy in helping others
  • Treat yourself and others with kindness
  • Make time for yourself

Your body will undoubtedly go through many changes, and at time will maybe even feel foreign to you. To stay as healthy as possible and feel like yourself, maintain wise nutritional decisions. Check out our grocery list and healthy recipes for healthy options when grocery shopping. Making nutritional choices is one of the best defenses against breast cancer. Here are a few tips that you can put to work in your own life:

  • Eat your vegetables! At least 2/3 of your plate should be fresh vegetables and whole grains.
  • Start your day with a whole grain cereal. Top with fruit to mix it up!
  • Add asparagus, beans, and sunflower seeds to your lunch salad for even more folate.
  • Think tomatoes. Add them to your salad, toast, or just eat them plain! The lycopene is linked to reducing cancerous cells.
  • Go green…with your tea! Green tea consumption has been proven to slow development of cancer.
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol. Replace with water or green tea!
  • Cook wisely. Stew, braise or stem rather than fry, grill or broil.

Getting physical is another great way to stay healthy and keep moving. Exercise may not be your number one to-do while dealing with a diagnosis, but make it a priority to get even 20-30 minutes in a day. We have a few tips to help you:

  • Make it social
  • Switch it up
  • Make a schedule
  • Exercise even when you think you’re too tired
  • Keep an exercise journal or goal sheet
  • Reward yourself
  • Be flexible, and listen to your body

BEING A SUPPORT SYSTEM

Everyone handles a diagnosis in their own ways. These are some tips to be as supportive as possible if your loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

  • Listen
  • Only give advice when asked
  • Allow them to bring up their diagnosis
  • Educate yourself on their cancer
  • Support their decisions
  • Keep things as normal as possible
  • Offer help, and mean it
  • Help focus on what brings them joy
  • Take time to take care of yourself, too

It may be difficult for a loved one to ask for help, so offer practical and timely help rather than just saying “let me know if you need anything.” These are ideas to make life easier on your loved one.

  • Prepare meals
  • Assist with childcare
  • Run errands
  • Send a card
  • Help make to-do lists
  • Pick up prescriptions

For additional tools to help you get educated, please visit our Free Downloads page where you can find additional tools and request items to assist you on your journey.

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