15 Minutes Can Save Your Life

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Breast cancer design, vector illustration.Let’s talk. How often are you conducting a self breast examination? Or at all? For both women AND men – it’s important to know the symptoms of breast cancer and what to look for. It’s time to take charge health.

Perform A  Monthly Breast Self-Examination

Once a month, every month, without fail, set aside 15 minutes to conduct a thorough breast self-examination. Female, Male, over or under the age of 50. This is an important step to take towards the early detection of breast cancer. Remember: when caught early, breast cancer has a 98% survival rate.

What do I do?
1. In front of a mirror look for abnormalities in a normal stance: redness, soreness, rash or swelling.
2. Raise your arm and look for abnormalities: redness, soreness, rash or swelling
3. Look for signs of fluid.
4. Feel your breast while lying down for abnormalities.
5. Feel your breast while standing or sitting for abnormalities.

Download our FREE Self Breast Examination Card to save these steps, print as a reference guide, and share with friends and family! Click here to download.

Depositphotos_60567837_s-2015Once a month? What if I forget?
Add a reminder to your calendar, create a task and set an alarm on your phone, or sign up for our once-a-month notification update system!
By signing up for this update, you will receive an email once a month, on the 1st of every month, reminding you to perform a self exam and take steps in early breast cancer detection:





How to make Red or Pink Food Coloring

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Natural Homemade Red Food Coloring

Avoid artificial food coloring and make your own at home! Learn how to make homemade Pink or Red food coloring by using fresh raspberries.

RED (or Pink) FOOD COLORING RECIPE
1. Place 1 cup (or more) fresh, washed organic raspberries into the blender. Blend until raspberries turn into a thick liquid (about 1-2 minutes). If having trouble liquidating, add 2 tablespoons of water and then blend.
2. Pour liquid through a fine strainer to remove seeds. Use spoon or spatula to push through.
3. In a small saucepan, cook on medium low heat (very low boil) until liquid becomes a thick, colorful paste.
4. Add immediately into your favorite recipes.
5. To store, pour into an ice cube tray and place into the freezer for future use.

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Almond Joy Coffee – Hot and Iced Healthy Recipe

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Enjoy the flavors of Almond, Coconut, and Chocolate in your coffee! Learn how to make Hot or Iced Almond Joy Coffee with this healthy coffee recipe!

Brought to you by iGoPink.org and The Breast Cancer Charities of America

ALMOND JOY COFFEE RECIPE (HOT):

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Organic Coffee, Freshly Brewed
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut or Coconut Almond Milk, Steamed or Heated
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • stevia extract, to taste
    *Select all natural, organic ingredients without artificial additives

Instructions:
Add all ingredients in coffee mug, mix well, and enjoy hot!

ALMOND JOY COFFEE RECIPE (ICED):

Ingredients:

  • Organic Coffee, Cold
  • Unsweetened Coconut or Coconut Almond Milk
  • Unsweetened baking cocoa
  • Almond extract
  • stevia extract, to taste
    *Select all natural, organic ingredients without artificial additives

Instructions:
1. Brew and chill organic coffee.
2. Heat coconut almond milk, add cocoa, cook/heat and stir until cocoa is dissolved or mixed well with the milk. Let cool or chill.
3. Combine all ingredients in glass (or pitcher if making a batch – like in the video) and stir well.
4. Chill and serve over ice!

 

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QUIZ: What’s Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

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Take the “What’s Your Risk?” Quiz! This tool is designed to assist you with understanding your health and knowledge of breast cancer. Throughout the quiz we’ll help guide you to healthy lifestyle habits and understanding further how you can make changes to help prevent and survive breast cancer.

*Note, this is an educational tool only and should not replace the advise given by a medical professional. Consult your medical professional to design a tailored lifestyle plant that best fits your needs.

Additional factors related to your personal health history may also impact risk and are not calculated by this tool. Be sure to discuss your personal health history with your doctor so together you can come up with a personalized plan to manage your health.



What Sweetener Should I Use? Types to Avoid and Choose

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Sweeteners to Avoid and Choose

Do you add sweetener to your coffee, tea, or favorite baked dishes? Enjoy sodas, packaged or prepared foods? Be careful! The type of sweetener(s) you consume can greatly affect your health. Join us on the #iGoPinkChallenge by avoiding harmful sweeteners and instead choose healthier alternatives to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Sweeteners to AVOID:

  • Aspartame – artificial, found in many diet sodas and low calorie processed foods
  • Sucralose – artificial, processed with cholrine
  • Sugar. If you use sugar, use sparingly and select organic, less processed types like rapadura or turbinado.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – higher fructose level than sugar and banned in organic foods
  • Agave Nectar – high fructose levels than HFCS

Instead use:

  • Stevia – a zero calorie natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. Select organic powders or extracts without “natural flavors.”
  • Raw Local Honey – contains cancer-fighting antioxidants, has a low glycemic index, and local honey can help alleviate allergy symptoms.
  • Real Maple Syrup – contains less calories and more minerals than honey plus studies have shown maple syrup has anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting antioxidant properties. Select 100 % maple syrup without “natural maple flavoring.”

Remember: ALL sweeteners should be used in moderation! But if you do select a sweetener or enjoy a prepared food or beverage, make sure to make choices that are not harmful to your health.

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National Cancer Survivors Day

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BCCA National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day falls this year on Sunday, June 7th! National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for cancer survivors and demonstrates that you CAN beat cancer! This day falls on the second Sunday of June every year and serves as an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, support for families struggling, and a way for the community to come together and give back.

Celebrate this special day by honoring a cancer survivor or a loved one by helping women who are still battling breast cancer. Your donation today and on June 7th makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against cancer!

Why should I get Involved?

  • Honor a Cancer Survivor! Show your support and join the celebration.
  • Give in memory of a loved one, family member, or friend.
  • Help women and their families in need that are currently struggling with cancer.

How can I help?

  1. Go to Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015
  2. Click  Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.07 OR Screenshot 2015-06-02 16.53.38. By becoming a fundraiser you can create your own account, join or start a team, and get others involved! If you don’t want to start a fundraiser for National Cancer Survivors Day, you can click the “Donate Now” button instead. This way you can make a donation – even in honor or memory of a loved one.
  3. Please share the news! Share your fundraising page, create a team, and invite your friends and family to make a donation at Donate.TheBreastCancerCharities.org/NCSD2015 on or before June 7th.

Thank You for your support

Thank you for joining us as we PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer! With your donation, you can give a gift in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help those who are still struggling with cancer.  Through the generosity of people like you, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support.



Daily Wellness Checklist

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Wellness is possible! In fact, it’s probable! Believe it; you can dramatically increase the level of wellness in your life. You possess the power of choice. That power can increase your life quality and life quantity.

Start making healthy choices today – and every day! Use this checklist as a daily reminder to establish good habits and make healthy choices.

daily wellness checklist

Creating wellness is a journey. People often experience obstacles which threaten to get them off course from achieving their best intentions. Some of these obstacles exist in the world and some of them exist within each person. Our choice of actions when we encounter these obstacles applies directly to our state of wellness. Our choices determine the level of wellness we each create in our lives. Strive to make the right choices daily and dedicate yourself to living a healthy lifestyle. Feel, think, and live better than you ever thought possible!

For more information and our Create Wellness plan of action, click here.  This step by step workbook will allow you to document common questions you should ask your doctor, the emotions you’re going through and your journey through breast cancer.

 



Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

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By Tori Carruth

Tori is currently a Senior at Sam Houston State University and a contributing editor of the iGoPink Blog.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th for those of you as forgetful as me), I’ve been racking my brain for what to do! If your mom is anything like mine, her answer to any question that is present related is “I already have everything I need,” which is super sweet, but in no way helpful. What do you get for the mom who has everything? Do it yourself! I guarantee that a gift made by you from the heart will mean more to her than that designer bag ever will. No matter your age or your mom’s age, these gifts are sure to please your #1 woman! My mom is the queen of thinking of things I might need, but she never stops to think about what SHE needs. So treat your selfless momma to a cute jar of goodies.

Spa in a jar: You can get a cute jar from a local retailer and line the bottom with her favorite covered tissue paper to give it some color! Next, hit up a fresh cosmetics store, like Lush, for her favorite products to unwind from all the stress you put on her daily (oh, just me?). My mom specifically loves bath bombs and scrubs! Add lotion, nail polish, a few magazines, a comforting candle, and maybe even some chocolate to complete your jar! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to put a smile on your mom’s face.

Movie night in a jar: My mom is a huge movie buff; if it’s on Netflix she’s seen it…twice. Throw together some snacks and plan a night in together! Large retailers have some great $5 movie bins to grab your favorites from. Pick up some Kettle Corn and a bottle of wine, along with her favorite sweet treats. For extra bonus points surprise her with a comfy blanket for snuggling!

Colorful jar: This one has tons of options. Choose your mom’s favorite color and fill a jar with all things orange, blue, yellow, or whatever color it may be that brightens your mom’s day! It’s easy to find gum, cute cups, post-it’s, candles, picture frames and more for this one. It’s simple, yet thoughtful.

So go find a cute jar and personalize it according to your mom’s needs and favorites and make this mother’s day one that she’ll appreciate!

Gift in a jar for mom



How To Register For The Pink 5K

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Run. Walk. Make a Difference!

The Pink 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Creekside Park in The Woodlands, Texas. Join together with your friends and family to honor a survivor, support a current patient or join us in winning the fight against breast cancer! The race will be hosted by The Breast Cancer Charities of America and is open to ALL ages!

Learn how to register for The Pink 5K and purchase your tickets at www.ThePink5K.com! Watch this video to learn step-by-step how to register for The Pink 5K or One Mile Loop, purchase tickets for the May 9, 2015 event, join or create a team, claim and update your own personal fundraising page, and receive your receipt and tickets by email.

Interested in becoming a Pink 5K Sponsor? Click HERE for more information!

Race Day Schedule:
7:30 am – Registration opens*
8:30 am – 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Walk (strollers and wheelchairs welcome!) start times
11:00 am – It’s a wrap until next year!

*Packet Pickup from 11am to 6pm on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8 at Luke’s Locker located in Market Street. Packet will include t-shirt, bib number, and race day instructions. If you are not able to come to packet pick up or wish to register on site on race day, registration will open at 7:30am on May 9th at Creekside Park. Note: On-site registration is not guaranteed a t-shirt.

Thank you so much for your support! We are looking forward to seeing you at The Pink 5K on May 9th!



The Pink 5k: Early Bird Registration through March 31

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Time is running out to get your Early-Bird Registration for The Pink 5k which is coming back to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Now through March 31, registration is only $30 per person and $20 for children for The Pink 5k, being held in Creekside Park. Registration can be completed at www.ThePink5k.com

“This years event is so unique as it’s on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend” said Erica Tullis, Founder and Executive Director of race beneficiary, The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “What better way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend than by celebrating your mom and running or walking The Pink 5k!”

The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs, dogs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am. Last year The Pink 5k was a sell out event and the team expects the same for 2015.

Additional event sponsors include, Luke’s Locker, Ventura EMS, Villa Sport, AirNow, SpeedPro Imaging, Green Bank, Waste Connections, Reviewit Magazine, LIVING, Brooklyn Bagel, CostCo, StateFarm Insurance-Caley Baillio, Community Impact, Tara Flannery Photography, 99.1 SUNNY, Stori Brie Photography, Erin Garcia Photography and ConnexionW.

Proceeds from event goes to help The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent & survive breast cancer through their numerous program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain. For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact us at 936.231.8460 or Info@iGoPink.org