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Enough With the Pink Crap, Let’s Focus On Health Empowerment!

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Include screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol along with other annual tests and look out for your long-term health.

Go Beyond Awareness and Into Action:

Just knowing that you are at risk for a health problem doesn’t help you. It takes action – doing research, gaining knowledge, asking questions, seeking support and following through as needed.

As women we are more apt to do this for other family members than for ourselves. It’s time to stop that, and make sure we look out for our own health.

Now I want to hear from YOU. What makes you an empowered woman?

Take a photo like mine saying why you are empowered and email it to support@empowher.com. You may be featured in my next newsletter and on EmpowHER.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Resources:

Leading Cause of Death, Women, United States, Centers for Disease Control, Retrieved 9/30/14.
http://www.cdc.gov/Women/lcod/2010/index.htm

Cancer Among Women, United States, Centers for Disease Control, Retrieved 9/30/14.
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/data/women.htm

Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease to Improve the Health of Women and Infants, Centers for Disease Control, Retrieved 9/30/14.
http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/WomensRH/ChronicDiseaseandReproductiveHealth.htm

Reviewed October 6, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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I am a medical anthropologist breast cancer researcher and co-author of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. The money behind this disease is also suppressing vital information about the bra-cancer link. Constriction from tight bras worn daily is the leading cause of breast cancer, as well as of breast cysts and pain. The bra is like the constrictive corset which disabled and killed women for centuries. And just as women were brainwashed into believing they needed a corset to be acceptable to others, they now believe they need a bra. Fortunately, many women are getting the message and eliminating bras from their wardrobe, and discovering improved breast health, tone, and comfort. Bottom line: This disease is embedded in our culture, and now has multi-billion dollar industries invested in it continuing. Try joining the bra-free revolution, and discover on your own body how much healthier it feels.

October 23, 2014 - 4:52pm
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Thank you, Michelle, for speaking out on this critical topic!

I am among the many breast cancer survivors who dreads the storm of bad messaging that women get about breast cancer year round. And the parade of pink products, including many that have carcinogens that actually increase one's risk for breast cancer, is just insane.

More importantly, the vital information that we need to protect our health is often not even provided, even to breast cancer survivors. While things are improving, and there is more and more focus on making patients aware of the risk of secondary cancers from the treatments used for initial cancers, we have a very long way to go, and getting there will take recognizing the need to focus on our entire bodies, not just part of them.

As a woman who now lives with a chronic leukemia, which is in my boobs and every other part of my body too, I applaud your call for change!

Best regards,

Pat

October 8, 2014 - 6:48pm
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