Living a fast paced life with a shitload of commitments and obligations sometimes takes its toll. More than ever we face with friends and family members being diagnosed with some form of cancer.

I have friends whose mother’s or sister’s life was occupied by this dreadful parasite. In fact, statistically 1 out of 8 women will get breast cancer at one point in her lifetime. So if you’re reading this in the middle of class hour or during your lunchtime at work – one of your colleagues or classmates might face this bastard in the coming years. Scary shit, yes!

As the Breast Cancer Organization puts it “Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. Instead, 85-90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.”

So some form of action to eliminate risk is necessary and should be fundamental when it comes to your life, so be sure to have a balanced diet – eat your veggies, make sure you have an active life, not just active social life – take your friend hiking and fill your lungs with air and girlboss your way up. Take the stress off with taking time for yourself each day to meditate, do yoga, or just lie in the middle of your living room floor and look at the ceiling in silence – you might look like a weirdo, but trust me it works!

In the words of Beyonce and Nicki Minaj: I’m feelin’ myself, feelin’ myself!

We know you look fine and the brows are on fleek, but what about those vivacious cups? Feel your breasts! Feel them everytime you’re under the shower, so in case you do feel a bump you can act immediately and if, (we sooo hope this doesn’t happen) it is cancer, you will be at least sure that it’s an early stage and a lot can be done at that period.

Raising awareness can save lives

The reason I’m writing this article is to raise awareness and if it weren’t for an important female figure that gathered all of her resources together I probably wouldn’t be wearing pink this October.

You’ve all heard of Estee Lauder, but what made this company a trailblazer in the 90’s was Mrs. Evelyn Lauder, a senior corporate vice president of the cosmetic giant, that went on to create something far greater than a new shade of lipstick. Mrs. Evelyn Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Campaign that has raised awareness about breast cancer and also started the famous pink ribbon campaign. According to BCRF the foundation has raised “more than $79 million to support global research, education and medical services, with more than $65 million funding 260 medical research grants through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).”

Guys have it too!

We tend to think that breast cancer is just a girl thing, right? Well, guess what? Guys have it too! Not that we are thrilled about it and luckily only one in a thousand men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but next time you talk to your man, let him know on this interesting fact, we bet he doesn’t know it!

So, RECAP: Take care of yourself, start feelin’ yourself, talk about breast cancer at your next lunch break with your colleagues, wear pink and tell your man all about it!