Dear women, do you know that all ONE out of EIGHT you are prone to breast cancer? Or having one?
This is the most common cancer among women. Also, ranks second in cancer deaths worldwide.
We can say that an unusual development of the cells in the breast is breast cancer in simple words. This is especially dangerous because these cancer cells have a tendency to other parts of the body spread through the lymphatic vessels and blood vessels.
Not for men?
Of course not. 1% of the total infected people are males. Therefore, this is not what only happens for women.
Who has the major risk?
- Woman over the age of 50
- Girls who go through the experience of puberty before age 12 and who face menopause after age 50.
- Having used birth control pills or gone through hormone therapies
- If the first child was born after the age of 30
- Childless woman
- Relatives have been diagnosed with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or colon cancer.
- Obesity, high fat diet, or frequent consumption of other oily foods
- Smoking or use of alcohol frequently
What are the early warning signs of breast cancer?
- Lump or mass in the breast (Especially no change with the menstrual cycle)
- Changes in breast color
- Peeling or flaking of the nipple skin
- Redness or pitting in breast skin
- Itchy breasts
- Discharges through nipples (blood or a spleen other than breast milk)
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in the armpit
Can breast cancer be prevented? And how?
There are so many ways to lower the risk but for sure there is no way to prevent. Anyone of us can be the next one in line at any time. But, yes the prevention is better than cure. Therefor, if you have a strong family history of cancer or other gene changes; things that might lower the risk will be helpful. Let’s discuss the things you can do to lower the risk.
1. Maintain a healthy weight or BMI.
Mainly woman after the menopause gain weight and that increase the risk of breast cancer. Doctors always recommend a balanced food intake according to your daily physical activities.
2. Be physically active.
Live an active life by exercising daily.
3. Avoid or limit the intake of alcohol.
Even a small amount of alcohol intake increases the risk. It is better not to consume at all but if you are addicted or you cannot avoid, should intake 1 alcoholic drink a day; not more than that.
What is a drink?
It is, 12 ounces of beer or
5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (hard liquor).
4. Breastfeeding (at least for several months).
5. Stop frequent consumption of high-fat diets
6. Drink 2-3 liters of water daily.
7. Massage to get a good blood supply to the breasts.
8. If there is any suspected drastic change in the breast, consult a doctor
Our next post will be on how to take care of a cancer patient and how to continue your life, knowing after cancer is growing inside you.