With National Breast Cancer Awareness month just around the corner (coming up in October), it’s important to have an understanding of the disease, how it affects people around the globe and how you can stay in tune with early detection. Here’s a look at Breast Cancer awareness and what you need to know.
What is Breast Cancer? The second leading cause of death for women and with rare cases in men, Breast Cancer is a group of cancer cells (abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells) that start in the breast. Those cancer cells can spread to other areas of the body.
What causes it? While no one knows the exact causes of cancer, there are some things that can put a person at a higher risk of cancer. Some risk factors like excessive alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity, a diet high in saturated fat and obesity are lifestyle related and can be easily changed and modified. While other risk factors, like genetics, race & ethnicity and dense breast tissue cannot be changed.
Things like cellphones, caffeine, microwaves and deodorant do not cause breast cancer. And, you cannot catch breast cancer from another person.
How do I put together an early detection plan? Breast Cancer that is detected early is typically very treatable and an early detection plan should be part of every woman’s lifestyle. Watching for changes in breast tissue, lumps and skin is the first step. Taking the time to perform a self breast exam each month is a simple task that can help detect any changes that may need to be examined by a physician. Mammograms may also be necessary for some women.
How can I help raise awareness? There are so many ways you can help raise awareness for breast cancer – and the first step starts with your own early detection plan. By participating in Breast Cancer awareness fundraisers, joining a nationally recognized charity like the Susan G. Komen foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or simply volunteering to help educate other women about Breast Cancer – you can help raise awareness.