When I was approached to give away one of these Good Works Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity. I generally try to keep my private life and blog life separate, but this is the perfect time for me to come out and tell you all this: I work in cancer research. Since I spend 40 hours a week thinking about cancer, I have a lot of thoughts in regards to cancer awareness. While I think it’s amazing that everyone is wearing pink during the month of October (hello NFL), is that pink bracelet going to make you an appointment for a mammogram? Probably not (although if someone invents talking jewelry, I’ll gladly take some). So I ask you all that before you enter the giveaway, take a moment to read these quick cancer screening guidelines recommended for average risk persons:
1. Breast Cancer: Yearly mammograms beginning at age 40
2. Cervical Cancer: Pap test every 2 years at ages 21-29; Pap test and HPV test every 3 years ages 30-65
3. Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50
4. Prostate Cancer: Discuss screening risks and benefits with your doctor beginning at age 50
5. Skin Cancer: Recommended for anyone who has a suspicious skin area, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole or freckle
For more information about screening recommendations, or for my local (Houston) readers to make an appointment to schedule a screening, please click here.
Apricot Lane Boutique locations in Katy and Uptown Park are giving away the above Good Works Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet. For more information about Apricot Lane Boutique, or to find a store near you, you can visit them here. To shop for more Good Works accessories, check out their website here.