Cancer, death, heights, spiders, and snakes are words that create great fear. People associate cancer with death almost immediately.
HISTORY OF CANCER:
The earliest known descriptions of cancer appear in several papyri from Ancient Egypt
Hippocrates described several kinds of cancer, referring to them by the term καρκινος (carcinos), the Greek word for crab. It comes from the appearance of the cut surface of a solid malignant tumor, with “the veins stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_cancer).
The risk of dying from cancer in the United States has decreased over the past 28 years.
On my walk this morning, I thought about the two words: gynecologic and reproductive. The first one is a “mouthful” and is not well understood by many women. Reproductive is the potential for the creation of new life.
Gynecology refers to the branch of physiology and medicine that deals with the functions and diseases specific to women and girls, especially those affecting the reproductive system. EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST AND ABOVE THE THIGHS!
Did you know that the egg and sperm meet in one of the fallopian tubes? That is where feertilization occurs…the beginning of life.
The pelvic cavity contains all the reproductive organs mentioned above in addition to the bladder, ureters, sigmoid colon, rectum, and anus plus major arteries, vessels, nerves, and veins.
We must educate our daughters and granddaughters about the invaluable, beautiful, and sacred part of the body below the belt.
The female body was designed as a source of pleasure, fertility, movement, strength, and well-being.” (Christine Northrup)
Teal Takeoveris an opportunity for each of you to learn about with this sacred area of the body. Tell Every Amazing Lady. Help spread the knowledge: https://www.classy.org/team/446017
One purpose of National Gynecologic Cancer Month is to spread awareness, which is defined as the knowledge that something exists. There is a sense of vagueness to the word, awareness.
Instead of awareness, I choose the word knowledge: acts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education.
This morning there was a warning about a railroad crossing in my path ahead. I did not ignore the sign painted on the pavement. I paid attention to where I was walking and stopped at the railroad tracks to be sure there was no train coming.
I made a conscious decision. We, humans, choose our behaviors, actions, and how we do or do not listen to our body’s warning signs. I challenge you to seek medical advice if any of these persist for 2 weeks. Insist on getting an ultrasound or a CT scan.
Unusual or bloody discharge (seek medical advice immediately)
Change in bowel or bladder habits
Suddenly feeling full from eating even a small portion
Extreme fatigue every day
Back or pelvic pain
I hope my Teal Takeover walk each day will inspire you to do the same. If you want to donate to my team or form your own, just go to https://www.classy.org/team/446017. Every penny goes to promoting knowledge and funds for research.