The following are some risk factors and useful facts about Breast Cancer.
- Women above the age of 35 years have a higher risk of breast cancer and so we are encouraged to do regular self examination and after the age of 40 years periodic mammogram s. If you notice a change in your breast or a lump , do not be afraid contact your doctor immediately so that further investigations can be carried out .
- A family history of breast cancer is also a risk factor. Women who have that family history must be more vigilant.
- Very early First menstrual period is also a risk factor.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol.
NB: One may have all these risk factors and still not develop breast cancer especially with the right preventive measures.
Hmm!! BREAST CANCER! BREAST CANCER!! Just reading those words can make many women worry. And that’s natural.
Nearly everyone knows someone touched by the disease.
But there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting better, and we know more than ever about ways to prevent the disease. These simple steps can help lower the risk of breast cancer.
1. Keep Weight in Check
It’s easy to tune out because it gets said so often, but maintaining a healthy weight is an important goal for everyone. Being overweight can increase the risk of many different cancers, including breast cancer, especially after menopause.
2. Be Physically Active
Exercise is as close to a silver bullet for good health as there is, and women who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise is also one of the best ways to help keep weight in check. Even if you are overweight, keep exercising.
3. Eat healthy
A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and keep alcohol at moderate levels or lower (a drink a day or under). While moderate drinking can be good for the heart in older adults, even low levels of intake can increase the risk of breast cancer. If you don’t drink, don’t feel you need to start. If you drink moderately, there’s likely no reason to stop. But, if you drink more, you should cut down or quit.
4. Don’t Smoke
Smokers and non-smokers alike know how unhealthy smoking is. On top of lowering quality of life and increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and at least 15 cancers – including breast cancer – it also causes smelly breath, bad teeth, and wrinkles. Now that’s motivation to stay smoke-free or work to get smoke-free.
If possible, breastfeeding for a total of one year or more (combined for all children) lowers the risk of breast cancer. It also has great health benefits for the children.
6.Find Out Your Family History
Women with a strong family history of cancer can take special steps to protect themselves, so it’s important for women to know their family history. You may be at high risk of breast cancer if you have a mother or sister who developed breast or ovarian cancer (especially at an early age) or if you have multiple
family members (including males) who developed breast, ovarian or prostate cancer. A doctor or genetic counselor can help you understand your family history of the disease.
As we celebrate breast cancer awareness month this October . We stand with all those who have been affected by Breast Cancer. Mission Clinic cares.