October is the National Breast Cancer awareness month. Therefore, it is time we got to spread the word to educate women about this issue. Awareness on this issue has become is an active theme in today’s society.
Every year millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer, however thankfully even the survival rates have been increasing as well. As per the latest data, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed amongst women. The chance of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer in her life is 1 in 8. In the year 2008, around 1.38 million women have been diagnosed with the disease. Estimates even say that 5% to 10% breast cancer cases are attributed to genetic predisposition.
Therefore, it is very important to educate and remind people to take precautionary measures by learning about the risk factors. There are millions of women around the world who do not have complete information about this deadly disease. They might not have access to early detection, nor would they have much information about the preventive measures. Therefore, it is important to educate women about this program through awareness programs. Some of the most common Breast Cancer awareness items are buttons, pink ribbons and apparels are important items used in awareness campaigns.
This life threatening disease if diagnosed at an early stage holds high chances of recovery. Researchers are constantly developing medicines to bring out new and improved ways of fighting against the disease.
The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you to detect the disease at an early stage. This will also help you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to monthly breast self-exams and also schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.
Ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer
- Stay physically active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Consume fruits and vegetables
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Quit smoking
For women in their 20s and 30s are recommended to undertake a clinical breast exam as a part of their health examination. For women 40 and above, annual clinical breast exam can be an important complement to mammography. Women 40 and above should undergo a screening mammogram.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk group. Statically, 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.
The most important truth about breast cancer is that it cannot be transferred to somebody else’s body. Breast cancer is a result of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that spread into other tissues within the breast. So there is no harm when you touch someone suffering from this deadly disease.
Some people in the society are ashamed to talk out with people or discuss with their family and friends. Well in such cases, people should be told about the consequences of this serious life threatening disease. In such cases, there are a lot many health care units where in they can get good and easy services. Women need to be educated about the same, so that they do not stop themselves from taking assistance in such complicated situations.
This month, all you women out there are responsible to bring out the power of pink. You got to come out to recue women from falling under the trap of this deadly disease. Go out and indulge yourself in the various campaigns happening around where in you got to educate people, create funds else volunteer in for a range of other services offered by various organizations.