Who doesn’t know someone, perhaps a family member, a friend or a neighbor who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer? The disease can shatter lives …and unfortunately, it is all too common.
That’s why National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created…as a health campaign to raise awareness about the disease and early detection. Fewer things are more traumatic in life than being told by your doctor “you have cancer”. So, get educated about early detection and prevention!
Please read through this refresher to learn what you can do to prevent and/or detect the disease in its early (and most treatable) stages.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
However, when breast cancer is detected early, the five year survival rate is 100%! That is why, having an early detection plan in place is so critical.
The American Cancer Society suggests the following guidelines:
Some women with a family history or genetic tendency, should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. Discuss your history with your doctor to determine if this is appropriate for you.
In addition to the early detection recommendations above, these are some other actions we can take to possibly reduce our risk further:
Also, women who breastfeed for at least several months may reduce their breast cancer risk. Not using hormone therapy after menopause can help you avoid raising your risk as well. For further information, see the American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention.
So please make time for your health by taking the simple steps above, as well as taking steps to improve your lifestyle.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”