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It’s wonderful that women are equally (if not more) educated than their male counterparts and can compete and succeed in almost any career. But our work environment and culture has not evolved to accommodate, support and fully leverage these 21st century advancements.
With 70% of American children growing up in households where all adults work, our work lives are now in direct conflict with our personal lives. We have women “working as if they don’t have families and taking care of families like they don’t have jobs”. Report after report shows this is leading to sickness and depression, and is taking a significant toll on marriages and families.
The good news is there are models starting to gain favor that are working well for both families AND companies. And importantly, women (and men) are beginning to advocate for what they need.
What we need:
- More fathers to share the work of raising a family (which means, for many men, working less).
- Employers to offer options like telecommuting, flexible scheduling and better part-time jobs to protect all workers from burning out.
- Better government policies: things like paid sick leave and paid parental leave, something every developed country in the world except the U.S. offers its citizens.
- To stop making mothers choose between financial stability and their own health.
10 Things You Can Do Now:
- Practice saying “No”
- Advocate for yourself at home – demand a little more equality in the household duties with the hubby
- Advocate for yourself at work – request a flexible schedule or work a day from home; look for organizations that follow the ROWE principle (Results Oriented Work Ethic)
- Vote with your feet.
- Be the trailblazer – push for new work models and rally for other women
- Find ways to bring men into the conversation – men need to play a bigger role and often they are ready and willing to do so – all we have to do is ask!
- Set boundaries (so others can too)
- Be the messenger – post flex job opportunities on Maybrooks.com.
- Change the conversation – bring the discussion to your friends and peers so we can work together on this!
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Good news! It turns out you don’t have to pack your bags and move to Idaho to avoid getting breast cancer. You can stay here in our little paradise BUT you will have to make some lifestyle changes to decrease your risk.
Turns out it’s not something in the water, but rather what’s in our wallets that’s leading to our high numbers here in Marin. Affluence more then anything is associated with higher stats as it means more knowledge, more screening and more imbibement.
So what can you do to protect yourself?
*Get to know your personal risk profile
- Genetics and family history can increase your chances but do not tell you the whole story (the fact that your mom had breast cancer does not increase your risk but the fact that you have other cancer types in your family history such as ovarian or male breast cancer does)
- Over 50, overweight, have the BRCA gene mutation, high breast density or hormone replacement therapy? One or all raises your risk by as much as 4x.
*Discuss your personal screening strategy with your physician
- Multiple screening tools exist beyond regular mammography (ultrasound, MRI, thermography, 3-D mammography) but not every one is right for every person. Ask your OB/GYN about which one is best for you.
- Annual screening mammography is still the best for most women (especially after the age of 40). The benefits of getting a mammogram outweigh the negatives of getting a small amount of radiation.
*Annual screening mammography is still the best for most women (especially after the age of 40). The benefits of getting a mammogram outweigh the negatives of getting a small amount of radiation.
*Modify your modifiable risk factors
- Reduce your alcohol consumption – ideal is one glass on the weekends – YIKES! 🙁
- Exercise 3x/week for 50 minutes. But put aside your yoga mat ladies –cardio is king on this one and it has to be something that gets your heart really pumpin’!
- Maintain a healthy weight – weight gain and obesity increase your risk big time!
*Be aware of your own breast tissue and have new changes evaluated promptly
- Denser more fibrous breast tissue makes it harder to detect lumps making mammograms less effective. Advocate for yourself and ask for a different screening tool – one that will catch the cancer if it, in fact, is present.
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