Thrive and Spruce Teamed Up

Yesterday I was privileged to attend a forum of the breast cancer awareness by Thrive. Thrive CDO is a breast cancer awareness advocacy group in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao headed by Ms. Karen Lluch, a breast cancer survivor herself. At the opening of the forum, Ms. Karen shared that Thrive is campaigning about the early detection of breast cancer to the women of CDO and Northern Mindanao, while giving emotional support and fellowship to breast cancer survivors. Personally I think this is a very noble advocacy, it’s great to know that we now have a venue to talk about cancer related issues. I love how Ms. Karen pointed out that having cancer is not a sentence contrary to what most of us thinks. Thrive is here to give support to those who have this ordeal.

Dr. Rhoel de Leon, a breast cancer specialist who chose to practice his profession here in Cagayan de Oro is working closely with THRIVE CDO. During the open forum he opened our eyes to a lot of truth about the most common cancer women suffered . Here are some valuable eye-opener and facts I took home with me after the forum. Thanks to Dr. Rhoel!

  • Breast Cancer is not preventable.
  • Early detection of breast cancer is the best proactive approach in defeating it.
  • Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer cases in South East asia.
  • The size of the breast has nothing to do with a woman’s susceptibility to breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Have a mammography annually when you reach 40 years old. If you are at the high risk of having it, have it at 35.
  • Breast implants does not cause breast cancer (correct breast implant)
  • Every woman should at least do self breast examination a week after their period.
  • Men can have breast cancer too.

spruce pinked pumps

Thrive CDO found a partner in Spruce in strengthening their campaign. In the effort to support Thrive CDO, Spruce Philippines launched its first Spruce PINKed Project naming the projects of Thrive CDO as its beneficiary. Spruce created a special line of trendy, fashionable, fabulous and above all AFFORDABLE shoes for every woman out there! Everytime you buy a pair of the collection, a portion of your money goes to Thrive CDO. How’s that for a charitable fashionista? It’s a common knowledge that Spruce has this reputation of selling durable and fabulous but expensive shoes! But  with Spruce’s PINKed collection, you can get to own a spruce shoes at a very affordable price. Check out some of the latest pieces sold currently at Spruce.

Doll Shoes Collection
Doll Shoes Collection
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10 Ways to Avoid Breast Cancer Risk

October is not just the month to start preparing for Halloween. It is as well a month of Breast Cancer Awareness. Hundreds of Women worldwide are battling breast cancer spreading awareness and hope.

It is very beneficial to know the risk of having a breast cancer whether you’re in your 20s or mammogram years. To help reduce risk of getting the disease. Read on for 10 things every woman should do to help prevent breast cancer.

  1. Watch your Weight – maintain a healthy weight that is! Being overweight or obese can increase your risk and possibility of developing breast cancer. Fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, which in return can fuel some cancers.
  2. Check up on your family’s medical history – it is very that you have a background of your family’s medical history. How many people in your family have had breast cancer? It’s high time to check. Breast Cancer risk factors are genetic so having a close family member who have developed breast cancer also increases your risk as well since .
  3. Self-Examine and Know Your Breast – free of charge! The easiest way to watch out for possible breast cancer. Self breast exams may not have been given a buzzing endorsement from the medical community, you should still be familiar with how your breasts feel and look so you’ll notice right away any changes.
  4. Drink Moderately – It’s true that a glass of red is good for your body but remember that excessive alcohol drinking has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Stick to a one-a-day mantra if you want to reduce your risk.
  5. Exercise Regularly – Not only will working out help you maintain a healthy weight, exercising itself has been shown to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of exercise, five times a week.
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Breast Care – Reducing Discomfort


Women around the world experiences breast discomfort usually when pregnant or when monthly period is around the corner. Some are bewildered by the hard lump they found during their monthly self-exam, despite the pathologists assurance that it’s benign.

That tenderness you apt to feel in pregnancy or just prior to your menstrual period occurs because of the natural cycles of your reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones signal the cells of the milk-producing glands to grow and the areas around these glands expand with blood and other fluids to nourish the cells. These fluid-logged tissues can stretch nerve fibers and you experience pain.

Fibrocystic changes, which include lumps and cysts, usually affect the nonworking areas: the fat cells, fibrous tissues, and other parts not involved in the making or transporting of milk. But in either case, the same strategy can help you find relief and promote healing.

Below are experts advised breast care on reducing Soreness and discomfort.

SWITCH YOUR DIET – change to low in fat and high in fiber like whole grains, vegetables and beans. A study showed that women who are following this diet metabolized estrogen differently. More estrogen was excreted in the stool leaving less to circulate. That means less hormonal stimulation of the breasts.

STAY SLIM – that means you should keep your weight within the proper range for your height. Losing excess weight can help relieve breast pain and lumpiness. In women, fat acts like an extra gland producing and storing estrogen circulating in your system. Breast tissue is very responsive to hormones.

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