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Some months ago, a friend of mine discovered a mass in her right breast and it was one of the most scariest moment for her and myself. She had to undergo biopsy to determine if it was cancerous or not and while waiting for the result, it was as though time went on a long break.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman, followed by age. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men and women are at 200 times the risk of developing the disease compared to risk in men.
- On an average, every 2 minutes, a woman is diagnosed of breast cancer and 1 die every 13 minutes.
- Most breast cancer (about 85 percent) occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
- About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers can be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.
- Men can also get breast cancer. About 2,150 are diagnosed annually.
- A woman born today has about a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.
- Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 have a nearly 4.5-fold increased risk of developing another breast cancer.
- Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types, according to Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., director of cancer etiology at City of Hope.
Breast Cancer constitutes a major public health issue globally with over 1 million new cases diagnosed annually, resulting in over 400,000 annual deaths and about 4.4 million women living with the disease.
While breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, breast cancer death rates are highest in African women.
- Breast Lump which is usually painless
- change in size or shape of the breast
- discharge from a nipple
NOTE: early detection and prompt treatment is key!
These are basic facts about breast cancer, Let’s move on to self care tips for the breasts.
Note that these tips doesn’t necessarily prevent breast cancer, but just help to keep it at bay and promote early detection. The Tips:
#1 EAT A HEALTHY DIET
Eating a well balanced diet of vegetable, good quality meats and proteins, healthy fats, and nurient-dense foods is essential to being vital and healthy. Reduce the amount of processed sugars and simple carbohydrates in your diet, both things that create inflammation and acidity in the body.
#2 DON’T SMOKE
Smoking cigarettes is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in women and is terrible for your body in so many ways. Also limit your alcohol intake.
#3 BREASTFEED YOUR BABIES FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN
Not only is breastfeeding good for your baby, it’s good for you as well. One study estimates that you reduce your risk 4.1 per cent for every 12 months of breastfeeding. So the longer that you breast feed, the better it is for your breast health (and your baby!!) It is assumed that the lower levels of estrogen in the body during lactation is responsible for the reduction in risk. The hormone estrogen fuels 80% of all breast cancers.
#4 AVOID HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY.
Menopausal hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer. From 1999 to 2005, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year. The decrease was seen only in women aged 50 and older. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy.
#5 PRACTICE BREAST SELF-EXAMS
This is very important as it is a great habit to do daily. Get to know your breasts. And that way if there are any changes in your breast tissue, you will know. See HERE for a a detailed explanation on breast self-exams.practice breast self examination daily. Click To Tweet
- Exercise more
- De-stress more
Happy breast cancer awareness month! Thanks for reading this post, remember to share this post with your friends and family to create more awareness. Remain awesome!