Be Aware

December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

October is gone and the New Year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean that we ladies can forget something very important: breast cancer. Throughout the month of October I see ribbons and advertisements about breast cancer prevention, symptoms, and the like. And though yes I still may see the occasional commercial or campaign they are too few and far between. We as women need to make sure that we are always aware. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in American women. I find that as a cause to be sure and go see a doctor at least once a year.

There have been many studies that help with prevention of breast cancer. Some risk factors that women should look out for are:

  • Estrogen levels
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol
  • Inherited risk

Please remember that these are only risk factors. I realize as you probably did that some of these risk factors is out of your hands. Inherited risk means that it may run in the family. Ask some of your relatives to see if there is a history of it in the family. For the estrogen levels there is also not much that you can do about it. Women are born with estrogen. It’s part of our make-up as a female. However for both these cases, you can be aware. It is very important to know what’s going on with your body. Even when we’re full grown women we still have to go through changes. It’s the way life. Nonetheless we can be prepared for our future. Just remember to take caution.

There are also some preventive measures that you can take. For one, you can exercise. When you exercise you are not just taking care of your physique. You are taking care of every component of your body. Exercise is very important. In addition, women who are 40 and over should get a mammogram at least every one to two years.

As I researched this topic I stumbled across a very interesting article about how breast cancer is different in younger women than it is in older women. Particularly women 35 and younger have a biologically different form of breast cancer than women who get the disease at an older age.

But no matter what age you are it can develop, so I implore you to be aware. Do your own research on breast cancer. You can ask your doctor, look online (but be sure it’s a credible site), and ask your family.

“Breast Cancer ‘Different’ in Younger Women”

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/SABCS/36324

“Breast Cancer Prevention”

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/breast/Patient

– Erika K.

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