Why I Participate In The Pink 5K

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We are excited that The Pink 5K is only a few months away in The Woodlands, Texas on Saturday, May 9, 2015! In Creekside Park, the Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one-mile loop, where wheelchairs and strollers are welcome, will start at 8:45am.

Not sure if you want to attend this year’s race? We can’t think of a better way to kick off Mother’s Day weekend by honoring mom and helping women battling breast cancer – but don’t take our word for it! See what past participants are saying about last year’s event and why they are excited about attending The Pink 5K again in 2015.

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“I participate in the pink 5k because it is a fun way to bring awareness to breast cancer and cheer on the brave breast cancer fighters and survivors!” – Lauren Hollis


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“I participated in the Pink 5K as a volunteer because it gave me an opportunity to serve those running/walking for a very worthy cause.  My community stewardship and contribution to helping find a cure.” – Carolyn Gray with @Zircon Consulting


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“I thought I was fine, I thought I was healed, I thought I had kicked breast cancer’s behind and that it was all behind me. And when I was in the midst of other survivors, and the amazing women who were fighting, and reminded of those who have fought and lost, I realized that being a part of this event was exactly what my soul needed to heal.” – Kimm Dwyer, Survivor


Thinking about signing up? Don’t miss out on Early Bird ticket prices that are only available until March 31. Be sure to share these special savings with your family, friends, and co-workers who may want to join you and run/walk together on the day of the race! Did you know that you can join together and sign up as a team to celebrate mom, support a loved one battling cancer, honor a friend or family member, or celebrate a cancer survivor?

Learn more about the event and register individually or with a team at www.ThePink5K.com

Can’t attend? Donate now to help the Breast Cancer Charities of America eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and survive breast cancer through their program services.



5 Things I Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

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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.

Tori College Student Breast Cancer

  1. Breast Cancer does not discriminate. As a college student, term papers, socials, and the ever-growing number of e-mails in my inbox consume my thoughts. Our generation has the mentality that “it won’t happen to me,” but that’s naïve of us. A 22-year-old woman named Kayla Falcon was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer last year. 22! Her main focus should have been on graduating college or landing her dream job, not on fighting for her life. No matter how young or old, it CAN happen to you.
  1. A healthy lifestyle can help. Eating well balanced and nutritious meals (you mean I can’t live off Cheetos?) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (walking from my dorm to my car doesn’t count I suppose) could lower your risk of not only breast cancer, but other chronic diseases, too. Physical activity is actually shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer. So get on your bike instead of driving to campus and you have a great cardio session done, plus you don’t have to spend 30 minutes looking for a parking spot- SCORE!
  1. Environmental factors are real (my Health professors were right). I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve listened (i.e. pretended to listen, but actually Pinterested) to a lecture over “environmental factors.” I didn’t understand the significance until recently, though. A few environmental factors with consistent evidence showing a link with an increased risk of breast cancer are: the use of hormone therapies containing estrogen and progestin, exposure to ionizing radiation, being overweight, and drinking alcohol. So let’s break that down- birth control contains those estrogen hormones, and the ionizing radiation could be things like getting a CT scan. I don’t know about you, but I’m about to turn 21, and the risk of alcohol is a new (and scary) thing for me.
  1. Prevention saves lives! There are so many diseases that could be prevented if necessary steps were taken, and while breast cancer isn’t totally preventable, you can absolutely reduce your risk. While it seems odd to get a mammogram at the age of 21, it’s important to realize that according to the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress review group, around 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year. Breast cancer accounts for about 15% of all diagnoses in that group- that’s over 10,000 YOUNG women with breast cancer. So go get yourself checked, girl! Even something as simple as a quick self-exam in the shower can save your life.
  1. A lump doesn’t always mean cancer. So let’s say while you were self-examining you found a lump. Your first thought is probably something along the lines of “OMG!OMG!OMG!,” or at least mine would be… But don’t freak out yet! This is definitely a good reason to visit your doctor, but 80% of lumps are benign, meaning they aren’t cancerous and are usually harmless. Keep checking yourself, but no panic attacks quite yet, y’all!


The Pink 5K Returns To The Woodlands

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Pink 5K The Woodlands Early Bird Registration

The Woodlands, Texas February 24, 2015:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is excited to announce the return of “The Pink 5K” to The Woodlands on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Creekside Park.

“This year the race is on Mother’s Day weekend….we can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating your mom than honoring her by participating in The Pink 5k!” said Erica Tullis, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America.
The Pink 5k run/walk race will start at 8:30am and the one mile loop, where wheelchairs 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.

Early bird registration is now open online at www.ThePink5k.com through March 31, participants can register for only $30 for adults and $20 for kids. Starting April 1, registration will raise to $35 for adults.

Proceeds from the event go to help the charity’s mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness and to directly help women to prevent and survive breast cancer through their program services.

Sponsorship opportunities remain. For questions or to get involved with The Pink 5k, contact BCCA’s offices at (936)231-8460 or Info@iGoPink.org

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About the Breast Cancer Charities of America:

The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is the leader in integrated cancer care, combining body, mind and spirit to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Through program services, BCCA’s goal is to educate, teach and provide the latest information about integrated care, cancer prevention, recovery, treatment, early detection and survival.

Breast Cancer Awareness – Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer You Cannot Change

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Some risk factors have a bigger effect than others, and your risk for breast cancer can change over time because of aging or lifestyle changes.

Do not let breast cancer bring you down. There are ways to prevent Breast Cancer. Visit our website now www.iGoPink.org for more information and help us help women in need.

Breast Cancer Awareness – Ways To Keep Breast Cancer Out Of Your Future

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No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear.

The Breast Cancer Charities of America. We are the new voice of breast cancer. Support breast cancer patients, donate now igopink.webconnex.com/donate

Breast Cancer Help – Ways To Support Someone With Breast Cancer

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How are you supposed to know, instantly, how to be supportive to a woman going through something this terrifying? Here are some ways.

Join Breast Cancer Charities as we P-R-E-S-S Forward in the fight against breast cancer! Visit us here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/what-we-do

Facts About Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Here are some facts about breast cancer you must know.

Let us support cancer patients. Visit our website for more information on how you can help www.thebreastcancercharities.org or call us at (936) 231-8460 for your questions.

Breast Cancer Facts You May Not Know

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In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death among women of all races and ethnicities. Yet many people are still unaware of their risk — and of which factors or lifestyle choices are most significant.

Are you going through breast cancer or have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and need some hope and inspiration to keep you going on the right track to health and wellness? Visit us here www.thebreastcancercharities.org/breast-cancer

Whole Grains: Weed Out Imposter Ingredients

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Want to curb your risk of cancer and other diseases? Eating whole grains with every meal can help.

That’s because whole grains are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and natural plant compounds. These compounds help protect your cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Added bonus: the fiber found in whole grains helps you stay full longer, maintain a healthy weight, and keep your cholesterol and blood sugar at normal levels.

But not all grains do the trick. Only grains that haven’t been processed contain the whole grain kernel — and offer all the disease-fighting perks you get from eating whole grains.

Unfortunately, finding whole grains can be a little tricky because many foods include ingredients that sound like whole grains but aren’t.

So, how can you tell what foods are actually whole grains? Below, we break down what to look for.

grains-nutrition-webLook for the word “Whole”

Grocery store shelves are filled with grains and grain products. Those include whole grains, multi-grains, seven-grain, bran, whole wheat and stone-ground products.

But only those that include the word “whole” — whole grains and whole wheat — are actually whole grains. That’s true whether you’re looking at a package for whole wheat pasta or whole wheat bread.

Multi-grains, seven-grain, bran and wheat products usually do have some health perks. So, don’t skip them altogether. Just don’t expect them to provide your daily fill of whole grains.

After all, the grains in these foods have been refined, which destroys the grain’s nutrient-rich, cancer-fighting outer layer. And, even when food manufacturers “enrich” these grains, they don’t restore the full health benefits of whole grains.


Get to know other whole grains

Keep in mind that many whole grains don’t actually include “whole” or even “grains” in their name. Here are some common ingredients and foods that are great sources of whole grains:

  • Bulgur wheat
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley, preferably hulled
  • Cornmeal, preferably whole graingrains, ingredients
  • Kasha
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Oat bran
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa
  • Wild or brown rice
  • Tabouleh
  • Whole rye
  • Whole wheat

 Choose foods with the Whole Grain Stamp

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Here’s an easy way to spot whole grains: look for a golden Whole Grain Stamp on the food package. There are actually two versions of the Whole Grain Stamp.

  • The 100% Stamp says “100%” across the stamp. It only appears on products where all grain ingredients are whole grains.  Products with this stamp contain at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving.
  • The Basic Stamp does not say “100%.” Foods with this stamp contain at least 8 grams (a half-serving) of whole grain, but they also may include some refined grains, such as extra bran, germ or refined flour.

Choose whole grains listed at the top of the label’s ingredient list

Choosing a product with one or more ingredients? Whenever possible, pick items that list the whole grain ingredients first.

That’s because an item that lists, say, quinoa as the first ingredient contains far more cancer-fighting whole grains than a food that lists quinoa (or any other whole grain) last.

Include whole grains in every meal

Want to reap the cancer-fighting benefits of whole grains? Your best bet is to make them part of every meal.


We hope you enjoyed this article as much as we did! It was written by Laura Nathan-Garner with MD Anderson.
See the original article HERE!

10 Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamin D

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Here at The Breast Cancer Charities of America, we love to educate on breast cancer prevention. One fact that we tell women is researchers have found that women, who are vitamin D deficient, have a 222% increased risk for developing breast cancer.  It’s important to get your daily dose of vitamin D, so here are 10 ways to do just that!

11. Sunlight

Sunlight spurs the body to make vitamin D. But because of the skin-cancer risk, there isn’t an official recommendation to catch some rays. However, a small amount of sun exposure without sunscreen can do the trick.

“If you’re going to get it from the sun, about 20 to 25 minutes of exposure is helpful,” says Stephen Honig, MD, director of the Osteoporosis Center at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, in New York City. The sun is less likely to provide your daily needs at higher latitudes, in the winter, or if you’re older or dark skinned (skin pigment blocks light and the process is less efficient with age). And FYI: Light through a window won’t work.

22. Fatty fish

Fatty fish can be a good source of vitamin D. Common options include salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel. 

A 3-ounce sockeye salmon fillet contains about 450 international units (IUs) of vitamin D—a good portion of the 600 IUs that is the Institute of Medicine’s recommended dietary allowance (800 IUs if you’re over 70). 

And you get a bonus—heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids!

33. Canned tuna fish

Fresh fish aren’t the only way to boost your vitamin D intake; you can get vitamin D from a can, too. 

Canned tuna fish and canned sardines both contain vitamin D, and are usually less expensive than fresh fish. 

Plus, a longer shelf life makes the canned products easy to stock up on and use at your leisure. Canned light tuna has the most vitamin D—about 150 IUs per 4 ounces—while canned albacore tuna has about 50 IUs per 4 ounces, and canned sardines have a little more than 40 IUs per two sardines.

44. Certain mushrooms

Just like humans, mushrooms have the capacity to produce vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet light. 

Mushrooms, however, are usually grown in the dark and don’t contain the vitamin. Specific brands, however, are grown in ultraviolet light to spur vitamin D production. 

Check to see if vitamin D–rich ‘shrooms, like Dole’s Portobello Mushrooms, are available at a store near you. They’re perfect for vegetarians looking for plant-based foods that contain the vitamin. Dole’s portobellos will give you 400 IUs of vitamin D per 3-ounce serving (about 1 cup of diced mushrooms).

55. Fortified milk

Almost all types of cow’s milk in the U.S. are fortified with vitamin D, but ice cream and cheese are not. 

In general, an 8-ounce glass of milk contains at least 100 IUs of vitamin D, and a 6-ounce serving of yogurt contains 80 IUs, but the amount can be higher (or lower) depending on how much is added.

Some soy and rice milks are fortified with about the same amount, but check the label since not all contain vitamin D.

66. Some types of orange juice

Not a dairy fan? No problem. You can get vitamin D from fortified orange juice. 

One 8-ounce glass of fortified juice usually has around 100 IUs of vitamin D, but the amount varies from brand to brand. Not all brands are fortified, so check the label. 

Two fortified brands, Florida Natural Orange Juice and Minute Maid Kids+ Orange Juice, contain 100 IUs per 8-ounce serving.

77. Supplements

Vitamin D supplements can help you get your proper daily dose, and as Dr. Honig points out, you don’t run into the issue of skin cancer as you might with UV rays. “And it’s not like calcium,” he says. “You don’t have to split up your vitamin D dose; you can take it all at one time.” 

Too much vitamin D can be toxic, however. The IOM sets the upper limit at 4,000 IUs for people aged 9 and older. That includes all sources—food, sun, and supplements. 

Talk to your doctor before choosing a dosage.

88. Egg Yolks

Eggs are a convenient way to get vitamin D. They’re popular in many breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes. Since the vitamin D in an egg comes from its yolk, it’s important to use the whole egg—not just the whites. One yolk will give you about 40 IUs, but don’t try to get your daily vitamin D just from eggs. One egg contains about 200 milligrams of cholesterol, and the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 300 milligrams a day for heart health.

99. Fortified Cereal

If you’re a vitamin D seeker looking for a crunch, look no further than fortified cereals. Choose a low-calorie fortified cereal like Multi Grain Cheerios to get part of your daily fill of vitamin D. You can pair it with fortified milk and a glass of fortified OJ too. A 1-cup (29 gram) serving of Multi Grain Cheerios with one-half cup of fortified milk is 90 IUs; add in an 8-ounce glass of fortified orange juice, and your total is close to 200 IUs.

1010. Cod Liver Oil

While its name might suggest a less-than-savory flavor, cod liver oil is often flavored with mint or citrus, or comes in capsule form. One tablespoon contains about 1,300 IUs of vitamin D, which is more than twice the recommended dietary allowance of 600 IUs per day. That amount doesn’t exceed the maximum upper-level intake of 4,000 IUs for people over 8 years old, but it exceeds the daily maximum for infants (1,000 IUs).           Read the original article by Ella Quittner here!