October, the month famous for ghouls and goblins – now MORE famous for featuring the trendiest spa treatments around for just $50 a pop during Spa Week – has always been a month dedicated to the recognition of wellness. As I am sure many of you know, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month – and since we have your full un-spa-divided attention, we wanted to take a minute to give you the rundown of facts that you need to know to stay informed, aware and well.
Personally, I know all too well the effects that Breast Cancer can have on a person and their family. My aunt, Carol “CJ” Julien, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back. And despite her brave battle through treatment, remission, a mastectomy and relapse – lost her battle. It is because of my experiences with her journey, that I wanted to take the time to stress to our fans how important early detection is.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer
- Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women.
- Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will lose their battle
- Men are not exempt – approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer each year
NOW THAT YOU KNOW…
- Perform monthly self breast exams and look for any signs of change
- Schedule regular clinical breast exams
- If your are 40 years of age for older make sure to schedule annual mammograms
Remember that aside from being female, age is the most important factor affecting breast cancer risk. Moderate physical activity, a healthy body weight, and reducing alcohol intake all associated with a lowering your risk of getting breast cancer.
Now.. TAKE ACTION! WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Breast Cancer touches more than just those who are diagnosed. It has an impact on everyone around them, so get involved. There are tons of options and walks in your area that you can sign up for. Check out these sites to find more info on the various sponsored walks near you:
And if you can’t make it to a walk near you, consider donating (even just $5) to someone you know who is participating in a walk. My mother, Mrs. Allison Attong-Rogers is walking the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society in honor of her sister, Carol. Last year, she raised $2,000 on her own, and is hoping to raise $2,500 this time around. If you don’t know anyone who is walking, feel free to visit her donation page by clicking here.
NOW…LETS HAVE SOME FUN!
In an effort to raise awareness and support Breast Cancer, Spa Week has teamed up with the Stillwater Spa at The Hyatt Regency Newport in Rhode Island for the 2nd year in a row to produce an a “Pink Martini Night” benefiting the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. If you’ll be in the area, make sure to stop by… here are all the deets!
“The Pink Martini Night Bridge To Flames Of Hope”
Friday, October 7th, 2011
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation of $20
Guests will enjoy:
- Signature Pink Martinis
- Alex & Ani “Bangle Bar”
- Beauty Bar with Youngblood Cosmetics
- Complimentary Bra Fitting by Uplifting Makeover
- Silent Auction
- Complimentary Hand and Chair Massages
- Breast Cancer Education Station
- Live Music, Food and Beverages
- Complimentary Valet Parking
- Boob Project Art Installation, courtesy of the Gloria Gemma Foundation
- Unveiling of the Stitches of Hope 150-foot Pink Scarf
Tell us: What are some things you are doing to support Breast Cancer Awareness? (And stay tuned tomorrow for some pink ribbon spa pride)