By GAIL MIYASAKI
RAFU CRAFT EDITOR
Chi chis. Boobs. Tits. Tatas. Melons. Hooters. Headlights. Doo-dahs.
Any way you say it, we’re talking breasts.
Front and foremost, the one part of the female anatomy that commands center stage throughout history to present day are the breasts. Taking care of them today is what every female needs to understand and do.
October is Breast Cancer (BC) Awareness Month. Key player is the mammogram, an X-ray of the breast. Join me to shout out to ALL the gals you know . . . mom, grams, sis, aunt, cousin, friend, wife or significant other — to schedule that annual exam.
A few gals monku “owie” when their boob gets smooshed between two plastic plates of the machine. Consider it only a temporary inconvenience and certainly not a good enough reason to ignore this procedure. Tough it out. Life is too short.
Early detection means a better chance of survival. It’s all about HOPE. If caught in later stages and the cancer has spread, one’s life may be the ultimate price.
The National Cancer Institute and Susan G. Komen for the Cure recommend having a mammogram starting at age 40 and every one to two years thereafter. For gals under 40 with either a family history of BC or other breast issues, talk to your doctor about this. Stats indicate that 5 percent of younger gals are likely to get BC.
If you are female and reading this, your chances of getting BC are one in eight. Within the classification of “Asian,” including Korean, Chinese, Filipino and Japanese, Japanese women and Native Hawaiians have the higher rate.
BC is the most common kind of cancer found in women, second only to skin cancer. And it is the second most common cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
When I was unexpectedly diagnosed with BC over a decade ago, there was so little I knew about it. Not the case anymore. Sadly, four friends of beautiful colors are gone. BC does not discriminate.
A new Kindle e-book is out to reach cancer survivors for post-prevention guidelines. “The After Cancer Diet: How to Live Healthier Than Ever Before” is from Brooklyn-based wellness writer and health coach Suzanne Boothby, who teamed up with her dad, Dr. Richard Boothby, a cancer physician of 26 years.
“It’s OK to eat a burger and fries,” she said. “Make sure it’s organic and grass-fed beef with lots of greens. See my recipe for sweet potato fries baked in the oven and veggie burgers.”
Check it out, gift a survivor. A deal at $5!
Think pink. Walk, run, bike, eat, drink to support the causes that will make a difference in kicking BC’s butt.
Who saw those oh-so-cute NFL football players on TV Sunday? Pretty in pink shirt accents, shoe laces, cleats, whistles, wristbands, gloves, sweat towels, skull caps — even that goal post padding! Auction proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
YOU can pass along the message of Pink October for early detection as you shop at the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center holiday boutique on Saturday.
Start your day off right at 7 a.m. with a Hawaiian-style pancake breakfast.
Buy pink. Jody Takamori of Torrance will have pieces made with pink quartz among her sterling silver and gold-filled gemstone jewelry. Classic necklaces and earrings are her specialty.
Little did she know that designing jewelry for her wedding party would be the catalyst to a two-year-plus business endeavor, JKiyomi Designs. Self-taught, she watched YouTube and read some books to get her technique down pat.
Now with two kids under five in tow, Takamori squeezes in time to fashion pieces that are simple and delicate. Look for her trendy lariat necklaces with two coin pearls.
For more info, contact the event coordinator.
Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
SEJSCC Holiday Boutique
Hawaiian-Style Pancake Breakfast
Southeast Japanese School &Community Center
14615 Gridley Rd., Norwalk
714-847-1173, Edna Kurihara
Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Crafty Foxes Holiday Boutique
Joan Pisani Community Center
19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga
408-356-2764, Carol Yuki
Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Krafty Delites Fall Boutique #1
Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson St., Carson
310-329-5874, Stephanie Nakayama
Sunday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
WLA JACL Aki Matsuri Boutique
Venice Japanese Community Center
12448 Braddock Dr., Culver City
310-936-3182, Marisa Tamaru
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 4-6, Nov. 11-13 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Touch of Nature Home/Holiday Décor Show
Diamond Bar, call for location
909-594-5964, Lily Saito
Sunday, Nov. 6 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kiku Crafts and Food Fair
Sponsored by W. Covina Buddhist Temple
E. San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
1203 W. Puente Ave., W Covina
951-81-8740, Hisako Koga
Saturday, Nov. 12 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Japantown Winter Boutique
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
San Jose Buddhist Church Gym
640 N. 5th St., San Jose
408-888-8798, Gail Sugiura Bush