Be aware and don’t fear

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2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

As this month is breast cancer awareness month, we wanted to use this feature to empower you our sisters by helping you stay informed and aware.

Isn’t it heart breaking and unfortunate the number of mothers, sisters and friends that we’ve lost to breast cancer? My own dear aunt Judith passed away in May of this year due to this disease.

The bible tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind! We are not to fear this disease but instead take action, having the power and prudence about how we can prevent it!

Here are some facts from the CDC:

Breast Cancer is:
“The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.”

The good news is that with early detection the survival rate is as high as 98%.

Here are 6 reminders of how you can fight back:

1. Engage the Spirit’s
power through prayer against this disease. Power up through prayer!
2. Have routine mammography screen every year beginning at age 40. It’s an x-ray procedure that takes as little as 15min and is the most accurate way to detect breast cancer.
3. Begin monthly breast self-exams by age 20. Perform 7-10 days after your menstrual cycle. If you are breast feeding, do on the same day each month after nursing.
4. Ask your doctor for a clinical exam every three years from age 20-37 and every year from age 40.
5. Have genetic testing (if available and affordable) to see if you are a carrier of the BRCA breast cancer gene. Click here to learn more.
6. Eat a healthy balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meats and fish and exercise regularly.

Let’s also share God’s love with those who may be fighting this disease. Pray for their healing and encourage them, help in any way you can, support local breast cancer foundations or charities and support research efforts.

Sound mind (prudence, self-control, inner outlook regulating outward behavior). Educate and inform yourself about this disease. Here are some useful links:

– A great free app to download (I did!). Early detection plan by National Breast Cancer Foundation.
It reminds you to do your monthly self-exams and keep annual appointments for mammograms.
– This other app is a breast cancer glossary: Breast Cancer Reference by Look It Up 4 Me Inc
– The little pink gift Barbados
The Barbados Cancer Society
Pink Hibiscus Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society
National breast cancer

Let’s stay aware, informed and empowered and encourage our sisters to do the same.

By Carol Angel Jackson

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