Teaching Girls about Breast Health

So much more than just wearing pink!

As a parent, it's hard to talk to your kids about the growing pains of life.  Sex education, dating, social media and now...sexting. This generations is moving forward fast and at very young ages.  My girls are well ahead of their age compared to when I was 12 and 16 years old.  So, I have struggled with how much to tell them and when.  But now, I understand that communication is powerful and because this young generation is moving at the speed of light, I don't believe that too much is too much.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it's not too soon to start talking to your girls about Breast Health and what to do to prevent this disease.  For me, today was a great day to discuss Breast Health because wearing pink was fresh on my daughter's mind and I explained to her, "it's more than just wearing the right color pink".  We discussed my family history, why we eat what we eat and how exercise is so important in preventing Breast Cancer and keeping them healthy. It doesn't have to be an uncomfortable discussion or even scary for girls...but an awareness that helps them make the right choices for their health and wellness future.    

Here are some steps that you can take to talk to your girls about Breast Health and remember, it's a "healthy and open" discussion that everyone woman should have with her girls, nieces and those who you may mentor.

  • Ask:  Do you know why everyone wears pink (or more pink) during the month of October?
  • Explain:  What is Breast Cancer to you?
  • Reassure:  Breast Cancer VERY RARELY effects teenage girls.
  • Health Choices: Very important to make the right healthy choices like food and exercise to keep their bodies to warrant off the disease.
  • Action:  Be aware of the shape, feeling and changes in their breast as they continue to grow and ask questions if there are any concerns.  
  • NEVER: Never hesitate to ask questions, whether it be with a parent, doctor or school nurse.  
  • OPEN: Leave the "conversation" door open so that if any real concerns come up about breast cancer and/or they become effected by the disease it through a friend or parent, there is always something they CAN do to help.

Good luck, keep talking and help them make the right choices!