Breast cancer awareness. Himama shares vital, life-saving health tipsHelena Gil
Breast cancer awareness can save thousands of lives. Do you know why it’s so important to perform an auto-exam? Learn the basics to prevent breast cancer with us. It’s a battle that can be won with science+education. But we all have to pitch in to create awareness.
Who’s at risk?
Women of all sizes are forced to struggle against this disease, without discrimination of age, bra size or skin color.
Did you know…
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One out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Recent estimates suggest that more than a quarter of a million new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2016 alone.
This year about 40,450 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer. Although these rates have been decreasing since the early 90’s, thanks to preventive campaigns and new health care routines, it’s up to us to help these numbers keep shrinking.
Start breast cancer prevention today
The battle against breast cancer begins with healthy dieting, positive lifestyle choices and preventive examination.
Self breast exam and doctor’s exam frequency
Feel for lumps:
You have probably heard about the self breast exam to identify breast cancer, but do you know what you should be looking for? Breast cancer awareness starts with education: this video from Everyday Health, featuring Dr. Ruth Oratz, Oncologist, pinpoints the most important symptoms you should be wary of.
Once a month
In order to identify abnormal formations, you must get familiar with your own body.
There is more than one kind of normal. Only constant revision can give you an idea of what is “normal” for your own breasts and underarm area. Practice self-examination once a month.
Consult a physician if you perceive any of the following symptoms:
- A lump or thickening of tissue
- Dimpling in the skin
- Fluid discharge from the nipple
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Scaly, red or swollen skin
Once a year
Visit your healthcare provider for a thorough revision of your womanly parts, including a pelvic exam, pap smear, and breast examination. These areas are especially vulnerable and require special care, so make sure you have professional guidance when it comes to your uterus, breasts, and hormones.
Breast cancer awareness. Women over 40
A yearly mammogram is recommended for women over 40. The exam ensures early detection of cancerous formations. Don’t wait for the lump to appear to take action, the treatment will be much more effective if the disease is detected early.
Early detection could be life saving
Healthy lifestyle choices to prevent breast cancer
Breast cancer awareness can save lives. Preventing breast cancer starts with the choices you make today.
Accompany regular examinations with conscious lifestyle choices that can significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer in the breast or underarm tissues.
Current studies suggest:
- Eat fruits and veggies. 5 servings or more each day can help you defeat cancerous cell formation.
- Take a hike. Any kind of regular physical activity can be the key to make sure you are part of the good statistics. Walk around, dance whenever you can! Be one of the 7 out of 8 women that live their life to the fullest.
- Watch your weight. Dieting should not be about trying to obtain the perfect body, it should be about making the best choices for your health.
Obesity could sabotage your long-term plans increasing chances of breast cancer diagnosis.
- Don’t smoke. Put out the cigarettes. Just stop. Your lungs and breasts will thank you later.
Himama. Sharing is caring
We created a short list of vital information related to breast cancer prevention that could save someone’s life in the future. No matter your age, please take time to learn the basics in order to avoid a late diagnosis, and share this blog post with those you love so they know how to care for their breasts.
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Happy Breast Cancer Prevention Month!
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