Octoberis the breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world, affecting the women in both the developed and developing countries alike and it’s the single most common cancer in women. Last year there were 2 million reported cases of breast cancer. The aim of this post is not to scare you but to point out the necessity of giving your health and specially breast health some serious consideration.
WHO NEEDS IT:
It’s an extremely vital issue, specially for women after they turn 50. If they have a family history of cancer, or if their health is vulnerable due to risk factors they have been exposed to, then a very serious thought should be given to getting yourself tested for any lumps etc in breast tissue.
I am putting below a link that explains how to and how often the women should do the self exam at home.
It’s a simple procedure and can be performed in a few minutes.
Mammograms are non-invasive X-ray based test which takes all of 10 minutes. It is a bit on the expansive side but far cheaper than the cost of hospitalization etc if things get serious. There is a lot of misinformation regarding mammograms. some say that it is painful, others describe it as a messy or inconvenient . It is none of those. The only inconvenience I faced was the fact that I had to book an appointment a month before as they were very busy.
While we are talking about women health, getting a pap smear test after the age of menopause is a good idea too. I know that most women ( myself included) find doctor visits cumbersome and a waste of time. The long appointments and the expenses of these investigations are also a cause of concern .But health is after all of paramount importance, so we must swallow the bitter pill and get our checkups on time. Wishing good health and long happy life to you all!
Another piece of vital advice;
Please install a full length mirror in your bathroom, if you’re single. It is important to look at yourself once a month at least to check for anything new on your skin or torso. Blemishes, rashes, boils or any unexplained mark should be observed keenly and if they are still there after a week or so, go see a doctor.
I am adding this comment from Leigha Robbins to my post;
“I cannot stress self exams strongly enough. I was 36 when I found my lump. You should know your own body and be aware of and follow through on any abnormalities. My cancer was very aggressive as I had had a doctor’s exam just three months earlier with no signs of a lump then. Monthly exams are key!”
Please share your feedback and thoughts in the comments.
1. What’s your favorite way to exercise? (if you do or don’t. Exercising one’s mind is a valid answer IMHO, because that’s my favorite).
To exercise my body, I walk daily. Recently the duration has decreased a bit as we were busy shifting from one city to another and there was a lot of work to do. And working, unfortunately, doesn’t give yousteps.
For my mind, I do puzzles, play card games and do a ton of reading and writing when I blog. I think this should keep my brain active and healthy.
2. What’s more important to you – family or friends?
Both are equally important. Family, especially your intrinsic family is obviously very important. We would do anything for them. But we need friends too as they are the family we choose for ourselves.
3. (a segue of sorts from last week’s SYW)..Have you ever voted for someone (in whatever venue – politics, contests, school elections) based solely on how they looked?
Looks aren’t important if you’re electing someone for a public office. It’s the character and the ability that counts. So the answer to this question is no!
4. (silly one) How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting?
Carousels are already very exciting so in my opinion, there is no need to add anything extra there.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)
Please feel free to share something you’ve enjoyed about this September.
September saw us relocating to another city. Thankfully the move went smoothly and we are now settled well in our new home. The only thing that went wrong was that our Kitty couldn’t come with us and during our absence, he has decided to opt for a life as a free cat. We are still hoping that he decides to come home but there’s no sign yet. Perhaps with us, especially my grandson gone from his life, he was too lonely. 😿
Thank you Melanie for these interesting questions.
Fandango is the host of Fandango Provocative Question
Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.
My provocative question for you this week is fairly lightweight and as bloggers all, I think I know how most of you will answer it. But be sure to focus on the “why” part in your response.
If you were forced to chose, would you rather live without the internet or live without air conditioning and heating? Why?
I have read many responses to this question, and the majority of bloggers that I follow, opted to have a temperature-controlled environment in lieu of no internet.
My view is slightly different. I live in a warm country. The winters aren’t that long or that cold. The summers are very hot and quite long. We use air conditioning for at least six-seven months a year. So having air conditioning is a big blessing.
But having access to the world of information is essential too. Blogging, watching Netflix, seeking answers to everyday problems and puzzles: the internet is essential for it all.
My solution is to get a house with a lot of ventilation, big windows where the air can move freely, and have full internet access!