Breast cancer hits home for many of us. Our grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters, are all at risk. And while this disease affects many of our lives daily, October is a time where we collectively come together in the US to show support and spread awareness.
We’d like to ask women of all walks of life to educate ourselves about this disease. It’s so important to know the facts.
According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
This number is startling, but there are steps we can take to lower our risk. Early detection is vital. A mammogram (the screening test for breast cancer) can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Here are a few important things to know regarding mammograms – including tips, how to prepare, and what to expect.Along with an annual screening, the Mayo Clinic recommends the following lifestyle changes to help lower risks:
- Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
- Being physically active
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption
- No smoking
- Limiting dose and duration of hormone therapy
- Avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
As of today, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there have been and continue to be great strides in treatment here in the US.
Margaret Flowers, PhD. Director, Scientific Communications and Grants at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) states “We have made tremendous progress in the treatment of breast cancer over the last 25 years as evidenced by the estimated 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., but we are still faced with many challenges,” Flowers reflects.
To address some of these challenges, it’s essential we become familiar with our breasts to identify and understand when we feel any changes. Knowing our family history, and scheduling regular screening tests can also make all the difference.
At DESUAR we encourage you to stay educated and spread the word to family and friends – not just in October, but every day. And we send much love to all those who are affected by this disease.
If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is also providing a helpful guide about general breast health to every woman who requests it throughout the month of October.