October is one of my favorite months out of the year. Pumpkin spice, fall weather, fall fashion, Halloween, and my birthday pretty much make the month remarkable. October is also breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers amongst women in the United States. In this year alone, over 40,000 women are expected to die from the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer throughout their lifetime. As scary as this disease can be, it is important to continue the fight against this cancer until there are no fatalities.
Although there are different ways to cure breast cancer (surgery, chemotherapy), these cures do not work for everyone. As the fight against breast cancer continues on, doctors are understanding and embracing the concept of individuality. We are all individuals, with different biological make-ups, needs, desires, and fears. So why has breast cancer treatment been characterized as a “One Size Fits All” approach?
Breast cancer is an aggressive disease that has taken many lives. The scary thing about the disease is that it does not discriminate. Cancer doesn’t give a damn about one’s gender, race, or income level. It doesn’t matter what your breast size is or what type of bra you wear. It doesn’t care if you hate your job, or just got back from vacation. One thing is for sure, breast cancer can be a life-changer. But the important thing to remember is you have to put on your boxing gloves on and be ready to fight.
1. Get regular mammograms
Studies have shown that the earlier the disease is identified and treated the likelihood of survival is increased. Most doctors recommend getting mammograms once you hit your forties. Regular and adequate breast cancer screening can result in detection of breast cancer at an earlier stage and therefore a better chance of overcoming the disease.
2. Educate yourself
As scary as a breast cancer can be, the best defense is knowledge. Having information can help you take the necessary steps to decrease the likelihood of being diagnosed with a disease. Although there is no known way to completely avoid breast cancer diagnosis, there are ways to reduce the risk and increase the odds of not being diagnosed.
3. Take Care of Your Body
According to studies, certain factors in our lifestyle can increase the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Obesity and alcohol consumption have been proven to increase risk of diagnosis. Now I am not saying you can’t have fun, but we all can reduce the risk of breast cancer if we partake in regular physical activities and maintain a healthy diet. It is all about maintaining a healthy balance.
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