Hi ladies and gents! If you didn’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many of us have been affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly, and I think it’s important to acknowledge the women who have battled cancer and help spread the word about prevention. Here are a few general facts about breast cancer via the Susan G. Komen website:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women
Breast cancer also affects men and is expected to reach 2,240 new cases in 2013
There is a higher rate of survival with early detection via mammograms
Changes in the look or feel of breasts are the most common symptoms of breast cancer
What can you do about this? Well for one, it’s important to conduct regular self exams on a monthly basis. Additionally, you can raise money for breast cancer research and donate to Susan G. Komen or a host of other breast cancer initiatives. Men, you can support the women in your lives to be diligent about getting checked or even offer your own hands on assistance in checking if it’s that kind of relationship.
If you are in NYC this October you can also visit the Valery Joseph Salon in Manhattan (only offered at the 1044 Madison Avenue location)on Sundays or Wednesdays and donate hair to Locks of Love. In return you get a free haircut from their experienced stylists, which isn’t a bad trade-off! Keep in mind to donate to Locks of Love you must have 10 inches of hair to donate which is a lot, but in my opinion well worth the risk to help someone in need.
Along with it being National Stress Awareness Month, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is a cause that I’ve been passionate about for years. While risk reduction strategies are helpful they are absolutely not the end all be all way to prevent sexual assault (i.e. people need to stop sexually assaulting people). But, human trafficking is also a HUGE issue worldwide so I’m all about anything that promotes safety. And with many men and women being subjected to these sort of horrible crimes everyday, I thinks it’s all our responsibility to keep our loved ones safe in whatever way we can. That being said, I find it important to spread the word about this app called bSafe that could potentially save your life.
The bSafe app is a tremendous tool for personal safety. First off, it’s free to download. But most importantly, the app includes a digital SOS alarm that when pushed sends out your GPS location to a “guardian” and automatically contacts 911. With the free version of the app, you can set 1 guardian who be notified when your SOS is triggered. I did a test run myself with a friend and it completely freaked her out how accurate and thorough the app is.
Let’s say you’re in trouble and not able to speak to your friend after you trigger the alarm, no problem. bSafe also alerts 911 and places a phone call to your guardian automatically, all the while recording evidence (with the paid version). It also comes with an audible SOS alarm (and flashlight via your camera’s phone) which may help deter criminal activity when it’s triggered.
In less pressing situations, you can decide to send yourself a fake phone call (10 minutes from now, for example) from anyone to get out of an uncomfortable situation before it goes bad. And what if you’re walking home late at night and want to let someone know? You can send the guardian a note that you want them to track you and once you’re safe all you have to do is hit the “I’m here” button. Seriously, this app is legit.
Right now, for $30 you can get an unlimited number of guardians for a whole two years, which could help you feel more comfortable traveling alone no matter who you are. The paid versions include the real-time tracking and evidence recording that I previously mentioned, proving that this app really just might save your life.
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