Thanks to the media covering stories regarding breast health, more and more people are becoming aware of the breast cancer issues. No longer is breast cancer a well hidden disease, it has become one in the forefront of almost everyone’s mind.
- Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in Hispanic women.
- Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/ Alaska Native women.
- While not common, men can get breast cancer and it is most common in men who are between 60 and 70 years old.
There are many ways that women can help themselves and must help themselves in order to reduce their breast cancer risks. In the same way that our post Health Issues and Young Women mentioned the importance of spreading the word, this post is making the same request.
Women of all ages must:
- Have regular breast screenings
- Control their weight
- Be aware of family history
- Find out the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy
- Limit alcohol intake
Breast health isn’t about beauty. Breast health is about life and death. Breast health and breast cancer is about you and your loved ones. You wouldn’t risk your life by walking in front of a speeding car. Why would you risk your life by ignoring the measures to decrease the probability of having breast cancer?
References cited: The American Cancer Society
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