Tuesday, 18 October 2011
This October, women everywhere join together globally to raise awareness of the reality of Breast Cancer. We need to continue to be vigilant and aware that Breast Cancer unfortunately continues to take the lives of millions of women around the world annually, it does not discriminate!
Whether or not you know of anyone who has unfortunately been affected, as a woman it is essential you check your breasts on a regular basis....
..it is in your best interest to seek urgent medical attention if you notice anything unusual as early as possible, as early detection can mean the difference between life and death. It is said that if a breast cancer is detected early, it is 98% curable.
Look out for these signs...
* a change in how the breast or nipple feels
* nipple tenderness
* a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
* a change in the size or shape of the breast
* a nipple turned slightly inward
* the skin of the breast, areola, or nipple may appear scaly, red, or swollen
* may have ridges or pitting
* nipple discharge
Cosmetic giant Estée Lauder's spokeswoman, British bombshell Elizabeth Hurley, raises awareness for the cause. Elizabeth, whose own grandmother died of Breast Cancer is a worthy role model! No doubt we will be purchasing some pink goodies!
OPI have also launched a "Pink of Hearts" range to mark the month. Its high gloss and chip resistant and is a brilliant way to light up the gloomy October days!
There are also events/initiatives taking place globally....
More than 2,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ghana every year.
Dr Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, is the Chief Executive Officer of Breast Care International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the establishment of Breast Cancer centres throughout the country. She states that "a woman dies from the disease somewhere around the world every 68 seconds".
If you are in Accra towards the end of the month, Hype Prodcutions have organised "Red Lipstick", a concert consisting of all female African artistes. They will be performing at the Dome on October 29th, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards raising funds towards the cause.
Burlesques Princess, and the Pink Pearl Foundation have teamed up to create CAMP DIVA! A course which will be offered to female cancer survivors and their friends and family. The class will incorporate dance and empowerment exercises as featured in our regular programming and also a tailored group routine specific to the participants.
Recognising the effects both physically and emotionally on not only the diagnosed but those friends and family who provide support though the difficult journey cancer presents, the class offers participants the opportunity to bond while having fun releasing their inner ‘Diva’. Camp Diva aims to empower women through mental and physical health promotion and reinforce positive self esteem.
The sessions will take place on the mornings of October 27th- 29th 2011 in Lagos Island, and will be free to all participants. However, due to a limited number of space, participants are asked to pay a fully refundable amount of N1,000, which will be returned at the start of the sessions. Interested participants can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Niqua: 08078764223 for more information and to register interest in attending.
More information is available on www.burlesqueprincess.blogspot.com
Two days to get your outfit ready!!! The Amber Bar in Moorgate is hosting a Pink Cocktail Party to raise funds for our vital research on October 20th!
Starting at 6pm guests can expect pink champagne, pink cupcakes, pink cocktails and pink decorations. There will be complimentary goodie bags and hand massages and also the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.
For more information check out www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk
Another cosmetic giant, Procter & Gamble, responsible for products such as Olay, Pantene, Crest, Secret etc, have teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation to raise awareness and educate on early detection.
You get a $10 dollar rebate, and $10 for NBCF when you spend $50 on their products. And if you "Like" the facebook page (facebook.com/p&gunitedwebeautify) 10cents will be donated!
If you log onto P&G's My Black is Beautiful site, www.myblackisbeautiful.com you can read the stories of four breast cancer survivors, like Kelly Broussard.
Broussard was only 22 when she discovered a lump under her armpit, she illustrates that Breast Cancer can strike at any age. We thank God she is now all clear after two lumpectomies and radiation treatment.
Be aware of Breast Cancer and self examine!
Stay Blessed x Teiko