This breast cancer awareness month is running under the theme Together We C.A.N. C.A.N. is an acronym that stands for:
C - Change the conversation
A - Assist those impacted by breast cancer to get the information they deserve and need, and
N - Nurture and build a community of support. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Living
Year after year we have a number of drives dedicated to raising awareness and empowering those living with and affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer type, accounting for 1 in 8 cancer diagnoses worldwide. In 2020, there were about 2.3 million new cases of breast cancer globally and about 685 000 deaths from this disease, with large geographical variations observed between countries and world regions.
Modern medicine and technology have made the research and awareness of breast cancer better and easier than it has ever been. Though these endeavours will not end the disease in a day or a month it goes a long way to making living with breast cancer possible.
How can you lower the risk of breast cancer?
There is no universal preventative measure against breast cancer but if you follow the following steps, you can significantly lower your risk margins.
Watch Your Weight
We know, weight is talked about a lot but the effects of maintaining a healthy weight go beyond being a simple feel-good goal. If unmonitored weight gain can lead to breast cancer, especially after menopause.
Be Physically Active
Exercise is recommended to all. A simple 30-minute exercise routine will lower the risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise will also help you keep your weight in check.
Don’t Smoke or Drink
Tobacco causes at least 15 different cancers, including breast cancer. If you smoke, try to quit as soon as possible.
Breastfeed, If Possible
Breastfeeding has been proven to be a sure way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. For breastfeeding information or support, contact your paediatrician, hospital or local health department.
Find Out Your Family History
Breast cancer can run in your family genes. This means you need to be aware if there is a long line of breast cancer in your family. Once you get this information you need to make the necessary lifestyle changes to help you lessen your risk of breast cancer.
Go for Mammograms
This is breast cancer screening. Though this does not prevent or cure cancer it will help you know early if you detect any signs early and get treatment faster. In addition to this, we recommend you conduct self-examinations on a regular basis.
October might be coming to an end and breast cancer awareness month with it, but this does not mean you should stop being vigilant to the signs. Take great care to get screened regularly and make the necessary lifestyle changes to help you fight against breast cancer.