PINKTOBER - Breast Cancer Awareness month, interview with Helen Alice

Show your support for ‘Pinktober’

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time for us all to show our support for the thousands of women (and men) affected by the disease every year.

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of workplaces, schools and community groups around the country will be hard at work raising much-needed funds for breast cancer education, research and support. We sat down with one of these champions, Helen Alice from Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust, to learn more about how we can support the cause this year, as well as help those around us who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

VOYA: How can we support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

HELEN: ‘Pinktober’ is a time to raise awareness about the need for regular self-checks from adolescence onwards, and if you’re over 45, make sure you are part of the breast cancer screening program. And it’s not just women who are at risk - men get breast cancer too, so it’s time we started talking about this and encouraging the men in our lives to get checked by a doctor if they have any concerns or questions.

Throughout October you’ll see lots of ‘Pink Walk’ fundraisers happening around the country, so hit the street in your most outrageous pink outfit and join in the fun – these fundraisers are a great way to celebrate and remember those who have lived through breast cancer and those who we have lost.

VOYA: How can we support a colleague or loved one who’s just been diagnosed with breast cancer? 

HELEN: Ask what you can do to help. Practical help is often very welcome but it can be hard for some to accept, so ask. Ask again. Ask again. And then do it.

Be sensitive when they need some space, but don’t disappear on them. If you don’t know what to say, that’s OK. ‘I don’t know what to say but I’m here’ means a lot when it’s genuine.

If you’re caring for someone with breast cancer, you need looking after too. You don’t have to do it alone. Have a few friends or family members looking out for you so that you can be your best self for the person you’re supporting.

VOYA: Tell us your thoughts on the role self-love and self-care play in the battle against cancer?

HELEN: Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, reducing your alcohol intake, meditation and learning to manage stress are all good things, but breast cancer is indiscriminate. Healthy women who are great at self-care can still get breast cancer, although that’s not a reason to sit on the couch with nothing but chocolate and wine every night!

Breast cancer is often a real wakeup call which makes you stop and think - am I living my life the way I want to? How should I be spending my time? Am I looking after my body and mind so that they can serve me well? When you practise self-love and put yourself first, your body and mind are healthier and happier. 

 

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For many women (and men) battling breast cancer, finding skin products that are safe and gentle to use can be difficult.

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