Reminder: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Way back in 1985, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month started in the US with a one-week event hosted by its two founding members.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an awareness and support program developed by several organizations that “take part in the fight against breast cancer.” The aims of the program include: promoting breast cancer awareness, informing people about breast cancer and providing people with easier access to screenings.

Breast cancer is the 2nd biggest cancer killer for women in the US. It is caused by malignant cells that form in the breast tissue. And take note, men can also have this type of cancer; a number of men have also died from it.

There have been some talks that antiperspirants or deodorants can cause breast cancer. Mayo clinic has stated that this is a myth, noting that the National Cancer Institute as declared that there is “no conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants with breast cancer.”

To keep ourselves cancer-free, it is always good to take note what preventive measures we can take now. As they say prevention is always better than cure. One measure of cancer prevention is to maintain a healthy diet; I wrote about this in an earlier post. Let’s continue to journey together in good health so that we can live out our calling, our life’s purpose 🙂

Top Signs Of Alcohol Addiction

Not only does alcohol addiction seriously affect the people around you, but it also damages your body, affecting your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, immune system, and increases your risk of developing certain cancers. Alcohol addiction usually begins by consuming copious amounts of alcohol to avoid or cope with problems in your life. has created the top signs of alcohol addiction so you can take the first steps to overcoming you problems and improving your health and lifestyle.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Signs of alcohol abuse are quite easy to spot. To begin with, people who abuse alcohol neglect their responsibilities at home, work, school, and within their social life because of alcohol. They cannot complete their work to a decent standard, skip classes, neglect their children, and decline invitations to parties or important events because they are usually too drunk or hung-over. People also abuse alcohol in dangerous situations, such as while driving, using prescription medication, or operating machinery. This type of abuse usually ends up causing legal problems, as many people are arrested for drunk, disorderly conduct or driving under the influence of alcohol.

People who continue to abuse alcohol while in relationships, or with friends, usually cause problems that can affect the way people treat them, which may lead to serious arguments or fights that can negatively impact their future.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction? Photo: Grant Cochrane/
Alcohol abuse harms relationships. Photo: Grant Cochrane/

Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Alcoholism is one of the most serious forms of problem drinking, as it involves the physical dependence of alcohol. If you find you are physically obliged to drink, even if you do not feel like getting drunk, then chances are you are probably a functioning alcoholic. There are two major warning signs of alcohol dependence: tolerance and withdrawal. The first is tolerance, and the second is withdrawal. Tolerance occurs when you find you are able to drink more than other people without getting drunk, and is one of the early signs of alcoholism.

Withdrawal occurs when your body gets used to consuming copious amounts of alcohol and craves it after you stop drinking. It is one of the more obvious signs of alcoholism. Withdrawal symptoms include: shaking or trembling, insomnia, anxiety, depression, sweating, nausea or vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, fatigue, and headaches.

When To See A Doctor

If you or your family are concerned about your drinking then it may be time to consult a doctor. Even if you don’t think you have alcohol addiction, you may have problems in your life caused by alcohol, and may have to speak to a mental health provider or support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Denial is common, as many people do not believe they have a drinking problem, or think they have to stop. People do not realize how big their alcohol problem is until it is too late. Because of this, it is important to examine your drinking habits and seek help as soon as you can to stop your alcohol addiction before it’s too late.

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