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Tackling Breast Cancer

 

Breast cancer, like all cancers, may not be able to be prevented, but can certainly be detected early, and needless to say, early detection is extremely important. There are several tests that can help diagnose Breast Cancer, such as –

  1. Mammogram – A mammogram is an x-ray that allows one to get their breast tissue examined for any suspicious areas.
  2. Ultrasound – A breast ultrasound is a scan that uses penetrating sound waves that do not affect or damage the tissue and cannot be heard by humans.
  3. MRI – MRI, namely, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, uses magnetic fields to create an image of the breasts, to help detect any suspicious areas.  

The exact cause of Breast cancer is not known, but it’s likely a combination of your genes, lifestyle habits and environment. The chances of Breast cancer also increases with age. Also, certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most well-known gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Of course, there are some lifestyle tweaks that could be made to reduce the risk of Breast Cancer :

  1. Physical Activity – Any form of Physical activity is recommended – being overweight can really affect your chances of having Breast Cancer, especially after menopause. It’s time to get those workout shoes on!
  2. Healthy Diet – A healthy diet can help lower the risk of Breast Cancer, which would include eating your veggies regularly and also avoiding too much alcohol!
  3. Avoid Birth Control Pills – While Birth Control Pills have several benefits, it is recommended to avoid taking them as they have a slightly increased risk of Breast Cancer.
  4. Find out your Family History – Women with a strong family history of cancer can take special steps to protect themselves, so it’s important for women to know their family history. Very important to be on top of this and also get yourself checked regularly!

Also important to keep in mind are the symptoms associated with Breast Cancer – A lump in the breast, thickening or swelling of the Breast, Red or Flakey skin in the nipple area, Nipple discharge other than milk.

Ladies, above all – we need to learn to take care of ourselves —

In order to do that, please make sure you follow these steps –

Step 1 – Look at your breasts in the mirror with your arms on your hips to get a clear view.

Step 2 – Check for anything unusual – lumps, dimpling, puckering, change in nipples – anything!

Step 3 – Do the same with your arms up in the air, to get a proper view of the breasts from a different angle.

Step 4 – Feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

Step 5 – Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting.

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It is extremely important to examine yourself on a regular basis — It IS important to touch yourself in order to protect yourself!

 

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