Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, join us to raise more than awareness as we take action, support one another, and help women now”. Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way; Whether yourself or a loved one has been affected, a cancer diagnosis can be a devastating battle. To all those in our Hamama community who have been touched by cancer, we stand with you. 🩷


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness in fighting this disease. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and less than 1% of men in the United States. The main goal for this campaign is to educate everyone about the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. Along with that, the purpose is to spread awareness so we can rally together and ensure every woman has access to the screenings & support she needs. In order to help those facing breast cancer, awareness alone isn’t enough. This October, get involved. Get screened. Make a donation. Take action. Make it about even more than awareness.


“In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women and 2,800 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.”

-National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


6 Facts About Breast Cancer

  • 65% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%  
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. 
  • 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime 
  • There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States 
  • Every day, more than 700 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer 
  • Breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when the disease is identified early. Treatment of breast cancer often consists of a combination of surgical removal, radiation therapy and medication. 


    Cancer and Microgreens

    Studies around the compound sulforaphane, which is found in certain microgreens, show that it can reduce the risk of common cancers3. Sulforaphane may block the initiation stage in carcinogenesis by inhibiting enzymes that convert procarcinogens to carcinogens and inducing phase 2 enzymes that metabolize carcinogens to facilitate excretion. Microgreens in the Brassicaceae family contain such compounds that may protect against cancers. Brassica vegetables (also known as cruciferous vegetables) include broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and mustard plants. In these studies, sulforaphane was shown to have anticancer effects against prostate, breast, and urinary cancers in preclinical studies, but more research is still needed in this area. Sprouted broccoli seeds were shown to have an abundance of this compound. 

    A 2012 study conducted by the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture looked at 25 different kinds of microgreens. They found 4 to 40 times higher amounts of beneficial nutrients in microgreens - including cruciferous veggies - when compared to mature plants. For example, red cabbage microgreens had 40 times more vitamin E and 6X more ascorbic acid than regular cabbage.

    We look forward to more in-depth studies on how microgreens can play a significant role in contributing to health and wellness in all areas and encourage you to explore the scientific literature.


    We've compiled some of our favorite superfood recipes made with fresh microgreens with cancer-fighting properties. To really make the most of these healthy & healing recipes, opt for broccoli microgreens as they contain high amounts of sulforaphane. Using microgreens, especially broccoli, as a fresh garnish to any meal will give you amazing health benefits. 

    1. Cancer-fighting Green Juice
    2. Berry Healthy Smoothie
    3. Green Smoothie with Broccoli Microgreens
    4. Green Power Smoothie
    5. Super Green Juice



    Easily Grow Your Own Greens at Home

    Interested in growing your own broccoli, cabbage and other highly nutritious microgreens at home? Get your Hamama Starter Kit and begin your journey of growing fresh, healthy homegrown greens today. 


    Ways to Help

    Use your voice, passion, and resources to help us RISE to reach every woman and make sure she has access to the screenings, support, and care she deserves. Donate here today. Together we rise! 🩷


    Breast Cancer Support and Resources

    1. American Cancer Society
    2. American Breast Cancer Support Association
    3. Cancer Care
    4. National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
    5. CDC


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