Proudly Wearing Pink
Health and Beauty Oct 02, 2019
Proudly Wearing Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October and November are two sides of the same coin. They’re both, respectively, primarily about cancers that affect women and men.
In the case of this month, it’s breast cancer that’s in focus. This highly treatable disease affects as many as one in 26 women in South Africa. It can have a relatively high mortality rate, but only if it isn’t detected early.
As is a common human nature issue, we tend to ignore warning signs rather than face up to the fact that something might be very wrong. We hope whatever the issue is, will go away. But in the case of breast cancer, the signs could save your life.
At Rosebank Mall, we’re concerned with the well-being of our patrons. This goes as far as having tenants that cater to the health needs of shoppers and visitors to the mall. An example of this is Planet Fitness. It’s a well-known fact that good overall fitness plays a role in lowering the risk of all cancers, not just breast cancer. They also have yoga classes, which help give you a healthy mind as well as body (it is strenuous!).
In any case, constant monitoring of one’s breasts will aid in detecting these early warning signs. The main one being a lump. If you should wish to be checked, our tenant Dis-Chem – an excellent pharmacy brand with class-leading prices on all medications – has a mini-clinic where the nurses will be sure to help you.
If there is anything to be concerned about, they’ll suggest a doctor’s visit – this may lead to a specialist, called an oncologist, taking over. But just know you’ll be in good hands.
On the flip side, it’s also reassuring to know when there’s nothing to worry about. However, we do encourage you to wear a pink ribbon this month. It will remind all women who see it that they need to keep checking regularly for odd lumps and other signs, like nipple discharges, and so forth.
It’s entirely possible that by simply wearing a pink ribbon, you’re not just showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you could also be saving a life.
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