When I think about my girlfriends, aunts, cousins, and sister, and think that of every 8 of us, 1 of us could be diagnosed, that's a very scary statistic.
So far, my family and I have been lucky. For this I'm very thankful. Unfortunately, I know too many friends and co-workers who have not.
While breast cancer is largely related to genetics, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances - or at least catch it early.
- Limit alcohol, don't smoke and control your weight.
- Be physically active.
- Breast feed.
- Limit the duration of hormone therapy.
- Reduce exposure to radiation and environmental toxins.
- Take advantage of early detection examinations - most insurance companies cover regular physicals and mammograms. I just had mine and am blessed to have received a clean bill of health! If they don't, there may be agencies in your area which will cover them for uninsured women. You just have to do your research.
- Know your own breasts. Take note of any visible changes. Do breast self-exams. If you have any suspicion that something seems "off" - see your doctor. (source, source)
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