A Special Message to the Ladies of Gaming

Breast Cancer Ribbon

If you’re in the gaming business, there’s a very good chance that you work very long hours, may have a stressful job, and on top of that may have families at home that need you. So we’re betting that you put yourself last when it comes to taking care of yourself.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ladies of Raving wanted to send you a special reminder about how important you are and to take some time to take care of yourself (and we’re taking it to heart as well).

Your lives may have already been touched by breast cancer. Many of you already raise enormous amounts of money for breast cancer programs at your casinos, so we know that you know …

There are some things that we can’t control, like genetics. But according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, there are some avoidable risk factors when it comes to breast cancer (and doesn’t this list speak to a busy woman who doesn’t have time for herself?):

  • Lack of Physical Activity: A sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Poor Diet: A diet high in saturated fat and lacking in fruits and vegetables can increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Being Overweight or Obese: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for breast cancer. Your risk is increased if you have already gone through menopause.
  • Drinking Alcohol: Frequent consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer. The more alcohol you consume, the greater the risk.

Besides making time to pack a healthy lunch for ourselves, shopping for healthy food and making time to exercise, there’s something else that we need to make time to do for ourselves. Develop an early detection plan. Yup, there’s even an app for that. It’s just a reminder to do our monthly breast exams, go in for our annual appointments for our clinical exams, and get our yearly mammograms and other preventative tests. Sounds simple, but how many times do we make these things a priority over everything else and everybody else in our lives?

From the women of Raving to you – we want you to be around for a long, long time, being those smart, sassy, funny and wonderful women who make the gaming industry so special. Check out this app today, and start making your health a priority. So ladies (and to the men reading this), remind your mother, your daughter, your wife, your sister and your friends …

Christine Faria