October is best known for being Breast Cancer Awareness month.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among American women. Every year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed, and as of March 2017, there are over 3 million women who have battled with breast cancer.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that if you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. – CDC
One of the biggest myths about breast cancer, is the thought that women who are related to a woman who has had breast cancer, will also get it. The truth is, less than 10% of cases are of women with a family history of the disease. If you have no history, there are many steps that can be taken to reduce your risk.
Some of those steps are listed below.
- Keeping a healthy diet, full of Superfoods
- No smoking
- Daily exercise
- Breast feeding
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Avoiding unprotected exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
- Regularly scheduled mammograms
Even though it’s not nearly as common, 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s about 1% of American men. Although their chances are much lower than women, the survival rate is about the same with the same stage of breast cancer at the time of diagnosis. Visit Susan G. Komen’s foundation site to learn more about men’s perspective with breast cancer.