In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to share some facts about breast cancer and some tips to help prevent it!
2013 Statistics from the American Cancer Society:
- Roughly 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- A woman’s risk for developing breast cancer doubles if their mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed with it.
- Around 232,000 new cases of breast cancer in women will be diagnosed
- Approximately 64,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed
- CIS is a non-invasive and earliest form of breast cancer
- 5%-10% of all breast cancer cases are related to a genetic mutation
- Close to 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.
- There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. at this time.
- When detected early and confined to the breast, the 5- year survival rate is 98%!
Tips for Prevention:
- Limit your alcohol consumption. The more you drink, the greater your risk is for developing breast cancer.
- Experts recommend no more than 1 drink/day
- Exercise regularly, the more physically fit you are, the less likely you are to develop breast cancer.
- The recommended activity is 150 minutes/week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity.
- Avoid hormone replacement therapy
- If you must take these to manage menopausal symptoms, try to avoid ones that contain progesterone and use for no more than 3 years.
- If you are a mother or are planning to become one; breast feeding for as long as possible has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- Early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer.
- It is recommended that woman over 40 should have a mammogram each year.
- Be sure to regularly check for any abnormal lumps/ changes by performing a self-breast exam.
“Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken, and never, ever giving up hope!”