International Day of Breast Cancer
Today is the international Breast cancer day, today’s post I dedicate to all the amazing women, who fight or lost the fight with this terrible disease, and for those young women who can prevent it.
Every day a lot of women have to face the crude reality of breath cancer, and about 1 in 8 U.S women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in a woman in the U.S along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
And the scariest thing is, that every day more young women are being diagnosed with this deadly disease. When I was a kid, I just hear about woman of 50 plus who was diagnosed with cancer, but the rate today starts attacking the younger women.
A life with cancer is a difficult and extremely scary life because the treatments are hard on the body, sometimes the treatment is even harder than the disease.
One of the most important things to understand about cancer is that cancer occurs as a result of mutations or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for the regulation of growth of cells and keeping them healthy.
You can lower the risk of breath cancer, research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.
Another factor is the exposure to chemicals in cosmetics, like parabens and phthalates, these two chemicals are found in many cosmetics and personal care products, research strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of these chemicals may contribute to the developments of cancer in people.
- Ask your doctor about breast cancer screening, and when to begin with breast cancer screening exams and tests.
- Ask your doctor to show you how to do a breast self-exam to check any lumps or other unusual signs in your breast.
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Exercise most days of the week
- Eat healthily, and more natural possible, try to avoid chemicals and sugary foods, eating in the most natural way will help you to prevent Breast cancer.
If your doctor has assessed your family history and other factors and determined that you may have an increased risk of breast cancer, options to reduce your risk include:
Preventive medication (chemoprevention): Estrogen blocking medications may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Preventive Surgery: women with a very high risk of breast cancer might choose to have their healthy breast surgically removed (prophylactic mastectomy). They may also want to have their health ovaries removed (prophylactic oophorectomy) to reduce the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer.
It is also important for you to know, if you have a family history of breast cancer in your family, you can make a blood exam BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 to determinate the percentage you may have in the future to develop this disease, and together with the results you can choose the best way to prevent it.