Slaying Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women and so in October, we honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2019. Of those new cases, 1% will be diagnosed in men and 99% will be diagnosed in women.
There are several ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer. In collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, here are the top 7 ways for Silver Sagers to prevent breast cancer. A cheeky approach.
- Don’t smoke. Smart people don’t smoke and there is a plethora of evidence that suggests a correlation between smoking and breast cancer. Surprisingly, marijuana shows no correlation with breast cancer, according to Drug Policy Alliance weedandbreastcancer. However, Penn researchers believe there isn’t enough information to make conclusive assertions at this time toweedornottoweed. Get smart. Quit smoking today.
- Weight control. We all know that obesity and being overweight increases our risk for many diseases, including but not limited to breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more. Lose the weight and keep it off. You’ll feel better emotionally and sexually as well, a true bonus for weight loss.
- Get active. Being physically active often goes hand in hand with weight control. Our favorite saying is “move more, eat less.” Physical activity helps reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease and even slows down the symptoms of dementia. Get moving!
- Alcohol in moderation. Simply put, the more you drink, the greater your risk of breast cancer, alcoholism and feeling more depressed. Drink responsibly.
- Hormonal therapy concerns. Going through menopause and thinking of hormone therapy or HT? Think again. There are concerns that long-term HT may increase the risk of breast cancer. Having hot flashes? Try wearing sleeveless tops instead and embrace your power surges! You’ve earned them.
- Exposure to hazards. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is some research that suggests a link between breast cancer and cumulative exposure to radiation and environmental pollution over time. Avoid medical imaging unless necessary – and maybe move to the countryside to breathe in fresher air.
- Know the symptoms. Male or female, know your breasts. If you feel something that doesn’t seem to belong—a bump, mass or knot, call your doctor immediately. If your skin is swelling, red or your breast changes in shape, has a nipple discharge or feels painful to the touch—call your doctor.
So, now you have it. Be smart, pay attention to your body and stay healthy. Let’s slay breast cancer before it slays us.
Photo credits by: independent.ie and netdoctor.co.uk and kmrg.com
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