Friday, September 24, 2010

September/October !ntuition Magazine

The current edition of !ntuition Magazine is on shelves now.  Hopefully there are still a few out there for you to find.  (We print 8,000 copies and they are usually gone within two weeks!)

I am particularly proud of this one because it's the "Teal & Pink" issue.  It's about the two most pervasive cancers for women - ovarian and breast.  September is Ovarian Cancer month and of course, October is Breast Cancer month - most people know the latter, but not the former.  When I say the issue is teal and pink, people (including women) say, "Why teal?"

I wanted to make sure we educated about ovarian cancer equally with breast cancer for a number of reasons:

1. Women who get breast or ovarian cancer are more likely to get the other one - so they are related.
2. Ovarian cancer has few real signs.  While you can find a lump in your breast, the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be mistaken for anything from simple exhaustion to irritable bowel syndrome.
3. The Komen Foundation has done a wonderful job of raising awareness through the media about 'turning pink', I think it's important the media take up the job to do the same and turn September teal.
4. My mom is an ovarian cancer survivor, I recently had exploratory surgery to be sure I didn't have it - this is personal.

Those are just a few reasons, but the most important one is knowledge.  Knowing everything you can about your body is power and those facts can literally save your life.  So, whether it's a monthly self-exam for your breasts or saying something to your doctor if bloating in your abdomen lasts too long, you need to take care of yourself.

Here is a link to try to find our magazine, which is also available in our front lobby Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  And here are links to key ovarian cancer and breast cancer sites to answers other questions you may have.  This is one area where you need to come first in your life.

Oh, and here is the cover you are looking for:

Yours in Health,

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