October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer continues to be a wide-reaching epidemic, with 1 in 8 women experiencing the disease in their lifetime, it’s important to raise awareness and learn the facts about Breast Cancer.  The following was taken from The National Breast Cancer website.

  • How often should I go to my doctor for a check-up?

You should have a physical every year which should include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. If any unusual symptoms or changes in your breasts occur before your scheduled visit, do not hesitate to see the doctor immediately.

  • Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?

Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who get breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.

  • Can a healthy diet and exercise help to prevent breast cancer?

A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth. Exercise boosts the immune system and helps you to keep your weight in check. With as little as three hours of exercise per week, or about 30 minutes a day, a woman can begin to lower her risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t require going to a gym either. Power walking is more than sufficient!

The best way to fight breast cancer is to detect it early and get treatment as soon as possible.  This month, don’t forget to take the steps and have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.  Progress is being made, but we still have a long way to go.

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