In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to encourage you to take this opportunity to help those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. Here we will discuss breast cancer prevention, awareness, and detection.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is when the cells in your breasts divide and multiply uncontrollably. Typically, tumors in the breast grow slowly so by the time a lump is large enough to feel it could have been growing for years. However, some tumors can be aggressive and grow much faster.
About 10-15% of breast cancer begins in the lobules and other breast tissues. The majority of breast cancers are ductal carcinoma which begins to grow in the milk ducts.
1 in 8 Women Will Be Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in Their Lifetime
What Causes Breast Cancer?
Unfortunately, no one knows the actual cause of breast cancer, and doctors rarely know why some women develop breast cancer while others do not. However, over the years, doctors have identified several risk factors that increase the likelihood of a woman developing the disease.
Risk Factors For Developing Breast Cancer:
- Lack of physical activity
- Prolonged alcohol use
- Radiation treatment
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Genetic history of breast cancer
- Genetic mutations
- Late menopause
- Hormone therapy
- Dense breasts
- Late or no pregnancy
- Certain types of birth control pills
What are the Symptoms and Signs?
Both women and men should be aware of the symptoms and signs of breast cancer. If you ever experience an abnormality, you should visit your healthcare professional immediately. Typically those with breast cancer will notice one or two symptoms, but this does not automatically mean you have breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends monthly breast self-exams to identify any changes.
Symptoms and Signs of Breast Cancer:
- Changes in the breast or nipple
- Tenderness, lumps, or thickening in or around the breast or underarm
- Changes in skin texture
- Any changes in appearance of breast or nipple
- Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple
Breast Cancer Prevention How Can You Reduce Your Risk?
There have been several studies showing a positive correlation between healthier lifestyles and reducing the risk of developing cancer even in high-risk women. Here are several ways to encourage breast cancer prevention.
Ways to Decrease Chances For Developing Breast Cancer:
- Limited alcohol
- Physical activity
- Balanced diet
- Limited hormone therapy
- Low exposure to radiation and pollution
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and approximately 1 in 8 women will develop this disease at some point in their lives. Thankfully if discovered and treated early, most women can combat and survive it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. This month, schedule a mammogram screening and spread the word about earlier detection to your friends and family. Encourage your communities, families, organizations, and individuals to also get involved in the cause.
Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can help to reduce your risk and encourage breast cancer prevention as well as much other life-threatening diseases. To assist in your health journey, HealingRadius provides a variety of classes and group sessions within your local area. Easily search for your desired course, schedule, and pay in one convenient location!
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