October has been designated as “The Pink Month” in order to raise breast cancer awareness, and educate people about early detection, signs, and symptoms related to breast cancer. It is important to raise awareness about breast cancer as it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and it is the second leading cause of death.
Things you should know about breast cancer
Here are some common symptoms of breast cancer for early detection: lumps or cysts, any discharge in the breast other than milk, and pain.
Early Detection is the Key
Early detection is important so if you are someone with the above-mentioned symptoms or have a family history of breast cancer and you are 30 or above, then get diagnosed immediately.
Mammogram Saves Lives
Getting yearly mammogram screening after age 40, with or without a family history of cancer is advisable.
Stay in Shape
Maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause, because being overweight or obese increases the risk for breast cancer.
Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day as it is associated with lowering the risk for several types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colon, endometrium, and possibly pancreatic cancer.
No to Alcohol
Limit alcohol intake and if possible, quit it! Alcohol can raise estrogen levels in the body and may increase the risk of breast cancer.
Quit smoking. Smoking alone can cause 15 different cancers, including breast cancer and some more.
Nursing is Healthy
Breastfeeding can lower the risk of breast cancer. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can help remove cells with potential DNA damage, thus helping to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer.
Men Are No Exception
Men can also get breast cancer. Although it is not very common, about 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found to be a man.
The United States government offers help to people who cannot afford to do a regular mammogram. Click the link to know, if you are eligible:
Here are some links that can help you learn more about breast cancer: