Breast Cancer: Race to End ItPosted on Oct 5th 2009 4:00PM by Deborah Dunham
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and what better time to help put an end to this disease. Deegan's new book, "Through Rose Colored Glasses," teaches us how to get past the fear of breast cancer and move towards healing in a positive way. As much as we know the devastating effects this disease can have, there are a number of positive actions we can take to support those living with breast cancer now and prevent others from living with it in the future.
The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure is the largest 5K run/walk series in the world, and events are happening right now. Find a race near you. Walk it, run it or get a group to volunteer at it. There is also a 60-mile walk held in various cities throughout the year. Funds from these events are used for breast cancer research, breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects.
By taking part in races like these, you'll not only help reduce the risk for others, you'll have a better chance at reducing your own risk as well. Research shows that exercising four or more hours a week may lower breast cancer risk. Other benefits include improved bone health, cardiovascular health, weight loss and mood.
In addition to the Susan G. Komen events, there are a number of other events to support breast cancer this month. If you know of more, feel free to share them here. Whatever start line you show up at, let's keep going until we (and breast cancer) reach the end. Be sure to train properly and good luck!