Dear Red Hot Mamas,

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: March 10, 2014

There’s so much going on in the month of March. Of particular interest is that all Red Hot Mamas should celebrate Women’s History Month which began in 1987 to recognize women’s accomplishments and history.

As I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, I was very proud that Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Senator Orrin Hatch (UT) sponsored the first resolution for Women’s History Week in 1981.

Even if you aren’t an honoree for the 2013 festivities for your accomplishments, you can still celebrate yourself and all the women who have inspired your life. Just never forget to keep striving. And, please log onto our website and take our Women’s Health History Quiz.

It’s also Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in US and leading cause of death from cancer. It affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

Oftentimes, there are no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. So, the best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. You may be at a higher risk of colorectal cancer if you smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer, or you are African American.

It’s important to take healthy steps:

  • Get screened starting at age 50
  • Get active and eat healthy
  • Quit smoking

For basic information about colorectal cancer, I recommend you log onto http://ww.cdc gov/cancer/colorectal/basic info/.

We are pleased that you have subscribed to our newsletter “The Menopause Minute” and hope that you log onto our forum at

You can post your questions anonymously and our members, including healthcare professionals, usually can get your answer in minutes. It’s a great way to hear what others are saying about their health. But keep in mind, should you have any health concern, you need to still see a doctor. You and your doctor should work together in ways to improve your overall health. It’s vital that you work together as a team.

We would also like to welcome our Liz Allen who is Red Hot Mamas Financial Health Advisor. She’s a great addition to our team! Liz would love to answer your questions about your financial health. Red Hot Mamas felt this was an important area of concern for all women. More than a third of all women in US are the family breadwinners. But, unfortunately many of us don’t have a clue about important money matters, like retirement or investing. So, Red Hot Mamas’ Liz Allen is there to help us take charge of our financial future. Follow Red Hot Mamas on Twitter and Facebook and share your experiences on our Red Hot Mamas menopause forum on

Good Health To You All,

Karen Giblin