The power of pink took center stage at The Shelborne in South Beach, where Miami socialites came together Thursday night for one reason: To celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was hosted by Lindsay Avner, who founded Bright Pink after being the youngest woman in the U.S. to undergo a risk-reducing double mastectomy and nipple-sparing reconstruction at 23. She had been tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, which meant she had up to an 87 percent lifetime risk of getting breast cancer.
Thus, Lindsay, now 30, turned a challenge into an opportunity with Bright Pink. It is the only national non-profit organization with a focus on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancers in high-risk young women. The organization’s mission is to empower women to take action in educating themselves—and those around them—about the diseases and on leading healthier lives.
I had the opportunity to ask Lindsay how women can be more in tune with their bodies, and what I got was a lesson on Breast Cancer 101. Below, I share with you some of her points, and in turn, we hope you become better advocates of your health.
- Ask your doctor about undergoing screening tests, which are performed on individuals who have showed no cancer symptoms. One benefit from screenings is that it can lead to early detection, and thus, cancer treatments are likelier to be more effective.
- Know your facts. Women who don’t have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer are not exempt from being diagnosed with either of the diseases. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, while one in 67 women will develop ovarian cancer.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cancer among women in the United States (non-melanoma skin cancer is the first). Ovarian cancer, on the other hand, is the deadliest cancer among women.
Haute MD, along with Bright Pink, want you to be proactive, so educate yourself by reading articles like this one and sharing them with your family and friends. Join local health organizations. Pay a visit to your doctor. Eat right and be active. And, just as important, be aware. There is beauty in knowing that you’re doing everything you can to be the healthiest that you are capable of being.
Make sure to check out this Haute MD article for more breast cancer facts and figures: Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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