The time of year is here again, Where we want to encourage the awareness of Breast Cancer and help women all over the world to be more aware with the best ways to help reduce their risk .
Feel For Lumps & Save Your Bumps Of Breast Cancer This October!
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer suffered by women. For the last 27 years, October has been a month designated to Breast Cancer Awareness for the purpose of sharing information and promoting awareness of breast cancer to women.
Brayola have found some of the best ways to help women reduce their risk:
Diet & Fitness.
For one, the trio of obesity, lack of exercise and a high calorie diet are linked to a higher risk of developing not just breast cancer, but any cancer, says Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society.
“I would encourage women of all ages to try to be physically active and try to maintain a good body weight,” advises Brawley. It will lower the risk for breast cancer, and for other serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
The relationship between weight and breast cancer is tricky. In younger women, being overweight doesn’t seem to be a risk factor; in fact, says Brown of the Komen organization, it might even offer a little bit of protection.
Limit Alcohol Intake.
Drinking one glass of alcohol a day is linked to a small increase in the risk of developing breast cancer.
But heavier drinkers, take note: the risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Compared with teetotalers, women who have two to five drinks a day have about one and a half times the risk for breast cancer.
If it’s an option, there’s a benefit to having kids at a younger age.
We have data to show that women who carry a child to term before the age of 30 have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who do not have a child before the age of 30.
Another benefit: some studies suggest that breastfeeding is also linked to a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Say NO to hormone replacement therapy.
Some women use menopausal hormone therapy, also called hormone replacement therapy, to manage the symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes or dryness. But we have found some big cautions and would like to make women more aware!
Using menopausal hormones is associated with a higher risk.
Specifically, several studies have shown that the use of estrogen plus progestin after menopause, Which is known as combined hormone therapy, increases the risk of developing breast cancer. And the American Cancer Society believe that it may also increase the chances of dying from breast cancer.
What to do? Discuss options for managing the symptoms of menopause with a health care provider/ doctor. If you choose combined hormone therapy, Doctors advise that generally the FDA now recommends using medication at as low a dose as possible for as short a period of time as possible because of its association with breast cancer.
Get to know YOUR body.
For all women, the first signs of detection are different. Finding a lump in the breasts in the biggest warning sign, But there is more to look out for.
We want women to be aware that it is very important to know how your breasts ‘normally’ look and feel, ready to be alert if there are any changes.
The Komen organization urges women to watch out for these eight warning signs of breast cancer:
- A lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of the nipple or other part of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that does not go away
These signs do not always mean breast cancer, But we want to encourage women that it is always best to go and get it checked right away.
Let us know what else you think women need to know to be more breast cancer aware this october!