October is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a recent study conducted, statistics show that “One in Eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime” (Cancer.org). As October is breast cancer awareness month, it is important to know what Breast Cancer is and what breast cancer entails. Early detection is the key. Breast cancer is sometimes found after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. This is why regular breast cancer screening is so important.
As long as you’re not pregnant, The American Cancer Society and doctors recommends a woman obtain her first screening mammogram between 35-40 years old, and go for follow-up screenings every 1-2 years. There are many factors that increase breast cancer risk and there are many factors that lower breast cancer risk. As years and years have gone by, researchers still cannot seem to understand what causes breast cancer to develop. Researchers have at least identified breast cancer is caused by a combination of risk factors.The good news is that there are steps you can take to lower your risk. Breast cancer does not have one specific cause. Breast cancer can be caused by:
- lifestyle (i.e. alcohol, smoking, not exercising)
- being over weight
Overall adult women of every age should perform breast self-examinations every month to help you become familiar with the look and feel of your breasts. This will aid you in knowing when to report lumps and/or breast pain to your health care provider immediately. Self-examinations can be done in the shower, in front of a mirror or lying down. Everyone should know the importance of breast cancer, and if you are between 35-40 years talk to your doctor about getting a mammogram.
There are foods that are sown to fight breast cancer as well. Here is an article that will lead you in the right direction: FOODS THAT HELP PREVENT BREAST CANCER