Information For Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016!

Breast cancer awareness month 2016 is here!

Breast cancer awareness month 2016 is about increasing general knowledge and raising awareness.  Share this page with friends and family!

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Most people know about breast cancer, but not the details about surrounding the disease. Below is some information to help you get up to speed for breast cancer awareness month 2016.

Detecting cancer early can make a world of difference. It’s important to take control of your own health and wellness and perform checks on a regular basis.  Part of your breast cancer awareness month efforts should be sharing information on self checks with people who may not be aware.

 

Part of cancer awareness month needs to be emphasizing that breast cancer affects men as well. While most information is geared towards women, men can use pretty much the same advice to help detect any possible warning signs.

  • Males with higher levels of estrogen should pay close attention to their health
  • Males exposed to radiation are at an increased risk of developing symptoms of breast cancer
  • Women in their 20’s & 30’s should have a clinical breast exam every 2 years minimum
  • Women in their 40’s and above should a clinical breast exam at least once a year

cancer awareness month Women at high risk for cancer should get a MRI and mammogram every year, even if there are no clear breast cancer symptoms present. This includes women who:

  • Are aware of BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
    • Or if they have a parent, brother, sister, or child with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
      • Males with the BRCA2 gene are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer
  • Are affected by Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome
    • Or if they have first a parent, brother, sister, or with one of these syndromes
  • Have been exposed to radiation therapy to the chest area at a young age or at all

You can view the list of possible stages of cancer here

Common causes

Cancer is an extremely complex group of diseases with many causes. The following are just some of the more common causes of cancer. If your body has been exposed to any of the following in large quantities, you should make sure you regularly get checked for the development of cancer.

Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle is crucial to preventing all types of cancer.  Small changes like taking a brisk walk on a regular basis can help you sustain your health (providing you’re already in good health).

Make sure you eat fruits & vegetables regularly (especially the dark green and dark purple vegetables)  and reduce your alcohol consumption.  Many people don’t realize that their occasional drinking is contributing to their poor health.cancer awareness ribbons

Also try and include omega 3 fatty acids in your diet.  You can get these from a supplement or increase your consumption of fish.

The key to prevention of cancer is to act while you still have your health.  Don’t wait for something to go wrong for you to start exercising and eating properly.

One of the best things you can do for breast cancer awareness month 2016 is educate yourself and others on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

If you put the effort into taking care of your body with proper food and exercise your body will repay you as you get older.

 

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