You’re probably already aware of the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lots of companies have special campaigns, football players wear pink socks and uniforms, many cities host breast cancer walks, and all sorts of other great initiatives take place all in an effort to fund-raise and increase awareness of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society states that in 2015, over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The statistics are scary—1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It sounds cliché, but we all know someone, seriously. Though breast cancer treatments have come a long way over the years, it is still considered to be a very deadly form of cancer and we are here to kindly remind you to be mindful of the environment and of your own body. We are not doctors by any means, but we have compiled some important and helpful tips for our friends and readers to keep in mind in terms of preventing or detecting breast cancer early. Please take a moment to review these reminders and share with your friends and family—and not just the females! Men get breast cancer too, you know! This blog post is dedicated to all the warriors who have fought, are fighting, and will have to fight breast cancer in the future.
Don’t Procrastinate on Mammograms!
It’s generally recommended that women aged 50 and up get a mammogram every 2 years but obviously this varies person to person. If you have a history of breast cancer or other health factors in your family, your doctor may recommend that you get mammograms starting at an earlier age and more frequently. Consult your doctor on this and do not put off getting your mammograms ladies…they save lives! It’s all about early detection. Yes, mammograms can be a little uncomfortable but they are super important and the potential early detection they offer is certainly worth the little bit of discomfort.
Perform Self-Checks Reguarly
You know your body better than anyone. If you notice anything new or unusual do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately! Do not just brush it off as ‘nothing’, because you’re better safe than sorry! Do self-examinations frequently—both feel your breasts for abnormalities and look in the mirror for things that are visible to the eyes. Life can get hectic and sometimes squeezing in time for a doctor's appointment seems impossible, but just remember that your health should come before everything else!
Keep Your Cell Phone Out of Your Bra
For whatever reason, some ladies like to store their cell phone in the bra when they are out and about. Do not do this!! Cell phones give off a lot of radiation, and it is thought that the radiation can cause breast cancer (and other cancers, but keeping your phone in your bra means that the radiation goes into your breast). Though research is not completely conclusive yet, because cell phones and this type of radiation are a rather new trend, it is just better to avoid this potential health risk by keeping your cell phone out of your bra! C’mon, you can think of other places to store your iPhone, can’t you?
Be Mindful of Your Overall Health
A healthy lifestyle is not only a key factor in preventing breast cancer, but it’s also a factor in preventing an endless list of other illnesses. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and get regular exercise. You’ll look good, feel good, and be working towards the prevention of all sorts of illnesses, breast cancer included.
Stay Away From Cigarettes!
Not only is smoking a costly habit, but it’s very dangerous, health-wise. Smoking increases your chances of not just lung cancer, but breast cancer and various other cancers as well. Just stay away from cigarettes and second-hand smoke!
Add Cancer-Fighting Foods To Your Diet
It can be difficult to pinpoint both specific causes of cancer and things that prevent cancer. Though somewhat debatable, there are many research studies that give much reason to believe that there are super foods that fight cancer due to specific nutritional benefits that each of them have. Whether or not these foods actually can prevent you from developing cancer, there’s really no harm in eating them! Whether they fight cancer or not, there is no doubt that they are good for your body and general health. The next time you go shopping, add some of these foods to your basket!
- Green Tea
- Whole Grains
- Leafy Green Vegetables