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healthy body, mind, and spirit. American Cancer Society Urges Women
to Put Their Health First to Fight Breast Cancer and Celebrate More Birthdays
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In light of the country’s economic downturn, few top- ics are as prevalent as stress. In the course of the last year, many families have suffered the loss of their income, and many more have even lost their homes. The reality of a recession
always illustrates the problem of stress. But for the nation’s students, stress is a reality that, unlike economic woes, is more permanent than it is temporary. Handling stress is a large part of being successful in the classroom, particularly as students advance through high school and into higher education. But handling stress is different for everyone, and there are myriad healthy ways in which students can cope with stress.
submitted by the American Cancer Society During the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is urging women to follow early detection guidelines for breast cancer and to make healthy behavioral changes to lower their risk of breast cancer. An estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,520 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society. “As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, the American Cancer Society wants women to experience the benefits of choosing to put their health first,” said Peter Ames, vice president of Health Initiatives at the American Cancer Society. “Women can take action and put their personal breast health first to stay well, fight breast cancer and save lives. Thanks in part to early detection and improved treatment, more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year.” Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. The Society is reminding women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. Also, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam once every three years. The five-year survival rate is 98 percent for breast cancer that is diagnosed in the earliest stages. The Society offers newly diagnosed women and those living with breast cancer a variety of programs and services to help them in their breast cancer experience. Reach to Recovery helps newly diagnosed patients cope with their breast cancer experience. Reach to Recovery volunteers offer the unique understanding, support, and hope from the perspective of someone who has survived breast cancer. The Look Good … Feel Better program helps breast cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment. Patients gain beauty techniques to help improve their self-esteem and quality of life, but also a sense of support, confidence, courage and community with other cancer patients in the program. The Society offers free information to help make treatment decisions and access to its programs 24/7 through
1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org
Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by taking additional steps to stay well by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well- balanced diet, and engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week. Also, limiting alcohol consumption can reduce breast cancer risk, one or more alcoholic beverages a day may increase risk. In addition to helping women stay well and get well, the American Cancer Society has a long history of commitment to finding cures for breast cancer, and has played a part in many of the major breast cancer research breakthroughs in the past century, including the discoveries that led to the development of Tamoxifen and Herceptin. The American Cancer Society and its affiliate advocacy organization, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), continue to fight back against breast cancer by engaging in activities to increase funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) that provides low- income, uninsured and underinsured women access to mammograms, Pap tests, follow-up care and treatment. Current funding only enables the program to serve fewer than one in five eligible women ages 50 to 64 nationwide. ACS CAN encourages anyone touched by this disease to let Congress know that support for the NBCCEDP is important and that an increase in funding for this program is vital to its continuation. To get involved, or to learn more about this effort, please visit acscan. org/breastcancer. To help raise funds to fight for a cure for breast cancer, register for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer five-mile walk on Sunday, October 16, by calling 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting cancer.org/stridesonline
. About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org
Handling the Stress of Being a Student
Te stress of being a successful student is a pressure many students must learn to deal with, particularly as they advance through high school and higher education.
* Combine regular exercise with a healthy diet. Studies abound as to the mental benefits of exercise. Exercise not only improves a person’s physical health, but also has a positive impact on mood, oftentimes making it easier to cope with stress. Part of that is because exercise relieves muscle tension, which can build up greatly in individuals suffering from significant stress. In ad- dition, the negative effects of stress can be weight gain and other damaging physical effects, making exercise especially important for those under constant stress. While a healthy diet can be difficult for the
nation’s college students, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Recognizing that, many of the nation’s universities have increased their efforts to provide students with healthier fare at dining halls or other campus eateries. Students should take advantage of this whenever and wherever possible. Eating well can also help reduce stress, as a balanced diet will provide both the energy and nutrients necessary to handle a full load.
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* Learn to take a breather. Adults often take breaks when going through the daily grind, and students should make note and follow suit. Study- ing for too long without taking a break can be counterproductive, as concentration will begin to wane after too long, making it increasingly diffi- cult to soak in studies. Schedule breaks into each study sesssion, whether it’s to go for a walk, jog or simply fit in a healthy meal. But don’t allow break time to become too big a distraction. * Determine the root cause of the stress. Work is typically the root cause of adult stress, and school is often the cause for students. Many students stretch themselves too thin, hoping to gain as much as they can from their high school or college experience and therefore filling their schedules. But students who feel as though they’re being pulled in too many directions should drop an activity or two. For instance, playing a varsity sport while holding down a part-time job and hav- ing a full courseload is simply doing too much. If a class is getting to be too much to handle, students should consult a teacher and explain the situation. * Don’t be afraid to speak about stress. Many students find it healthy and rejuvenating to simply speak about their levels of stress. This helps to get things off their chest, and it also inadver- tently gives them time away from studies. Be it sharing experiences with stress among fellow students or simply talking to Mom and Dad, students should speak about stress in an effort to combat its ill effects.
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