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What You Can Do for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa. Breast cancer is on the increase amongst South African women. It is the most common cancer amongst white and Asian women, and is the second most common cancer amongst black and coloured women. It is advisable that regular self-breast examination and regular mammograms are undertaken as these are key to early detection. Here are a few great ways you can show your support this Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Host a Pink High Tea
Host a Pink High Tea

Host a Pink High Tea

It is important to do your bit to raise Breast Cancer Awareness this month. You can host a pink high tea, and dedicate this event to someone you know who has been affected by this devastating disease. During such an event it is always a good idea to raise funds that can be donated to a Breast Cancer Association. It is important to consider inviting a guest speaker who knows more about the disease, and who can give expert advice and share valuable information with your guests.
Guests can also get the chance to ask questions and learn more.
Why not invite an image consultant who would be able to advise your guests on gaining confidence through fashion; a nice touch would be to teach your guests how apply make-up, enjoy Spa days at home, and how to take care of their hair. They can also practice on each other, and learn more about beauty and skin-care products.
You can turn this into an incredible, informative and relaxing morning or afternoon for your guests.
Guests can then pledge funds that will be donated to a Breast Cancer Association of your choice.

Get #PastelPinkHair
Get #PastelPinkHair

Get #PastelPinkHair

We can all do our bit to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. You can also dye your hair pink to make a statement. The Pastel Pink colour is trending, so jump on the bandwagon and dye your hair pink! This colour is certainly the prettiest of them all.
You need to consult your hairstylist to find out how you can attain this hair colour, though.
Better still, you can always get a pink clip-on hairpiece that you can wear whenever you wish. If pink hair is too much for you, why not try pink make-up this month?
Apply pink lipstick, pink eye shadow and pink lip gloss as special go-to items. As temperatures start warming up, there are a few things you can do to keep your make-up looking fresh and pretty. Use an oil-free moisturiser in the morning, and opt for an oil-free foundation formula to match. Always remember that less is more when it comes to make-up in summer.

Support Pink Drive
Support Pink Drive

Support Pink Drive

It is important to get involved and make a difference by supporting Breast Cancer organisations or by joining a Breast Cancer event this month. There are several fun events that you can take part in; for example, why not partake in a Breast Cancer Walkathon? There are a few things to remember when you are taking part in a walkathon, though - these include pollution, smoke and stress. All these have harmful effects on the skin. Use skincare products to protect your skin against these daily stresses before leaving the house, and cleanse your skin thoroughly when you arrive home in the evening.
Another great idea would be to attend the Pink Polo Pavilion: an event which includes high tea, best-dressed competitions, lucky draws, a fashion show and pop-up stores. When attending such an event, remember that it is important to take good care of your skin, as this is an outdoor event. Apply plenty of sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from the harsh sun. Pledges are also made and money will be donated to Breast Cancer Associations.

Get Healthy and Get Checked
Get Healthy and Get Checked

Get Healthy and Get Checked

In the past a healthy lifestyle often began with destination spas; today spas, resorts and hotel spas offer wellness-based services, including stress-relief treatments, life-coaching advice, nutrition education and fitness counselling.
Take some time off and visit a spa; better still, enjoy one in your home! This is the perfect excuse to stock up on spa scents, massage oils and scrubs. Brilliant for some down-time and indulgence whenever you get the opportunity.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and consume alcohol in moderate amounts. While moderate drinking can be good for the heart, in older adults, even low levels of alcohol intake, can increase the risk of breast cancer.
If you don’t drink, don’t feel you need to start. If you drink moderately, there’s no reason to stop.
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important goal for everyone.
Being overweight can increase the risk of many different cancers, including breast cancer, and especially after menopause. A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Screening for breast cancer is also very important. You can do a mammogram x-ray to check for breast cancer. A mammogram is vital if you detect a lump or have any other concerns as it is a first step in reducing the number of deaths from breast cancer amongst women, and is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts.