October is Breast Cancer Month

24 Oct

I’m sure everyone knows that the month of October is Breast Cancer month.

The risk for breast cancer is very high.  The last statistic I read is that 1 out of 8 women are expected to get it during their lifetime.  I’m sure if you think about it, you’ll realize that you know someone who has had it.  I personally know 3 survivors. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women.  After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of death for women.

We must educate ourselves about the risks, and know the early detection signs. 

Ladies, you’re advised to perform self-exams once a month, every month, if you’re between the ages of 20-39, with general physicals once every 1-3 years.  If you’re between 40-49, also do monthly self-exams, with annual physicals and mammograms every 1-2 years.  And for women above 50, mammograms and physicals must be performed once a year, with monthly self-exams too. 

Well, doctors do not yet know what the causes of Breast Cancer are, but its important to know what the risk factors are.  The factors that increase the risk are alcohol consumption, being overweight, not having children, having your first child after 30, longtime exposure to radiation, taking birth control pills for longer than 5 years, and taking any hormone replacement therapy medication to help with menopausal symptoms.

And as they say, “The best protection is early detection”.  Make sure you do monthly self exams, and let’s help spread the awareness!

MIDDLE sister

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