October has rolled in and this post is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness!!
Breast Cancer has hit close to home for me as well as so many others. If you don't personally now someone living with or that has lived with with this evil disease, I'm sure you know someone that knows someone affected by Breast Cancer!
The key is EARLY detection!!! Take time out for your health and get checked! Early detection can save your life! The goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers BEFORE
they start to cause symptoms.
Here are some breast cancer risk factors you cannot change:
Gender: Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100 times more common among women than men. This is probably because men have less of the female hormones estrogen and
progesterone, which can promote breast cancer cell growth.
Aging: Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
Family history of breast cancer: Breast cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood relatives have this disease. Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer almost
doubles a woman's risk. Having 2 first-degree relatives increases her risk about 3-fold. Although the exact risk is not known, women with a family history of breast cancer in a father or brother also have an increased risk of breast cancer. Overall, less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a family member with this disease. This means that most (85%) women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease.
Personal history of breast cancer: A woman with cancer in one breast has a 3- to 4-fold increased risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast or in another part of the same breast. This is different from a recurrence (return) of the first cancer.
Race and ethnicity: Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than are African American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer. In women under 45 years of age, however, breast cancer is more common in African American women. Asian, Hispanic, and Native American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
If you don't already, please self check!! If you're not aware of how to, see the chart below showing you how to properly self check monthly!
This chart is not only helpful but also easy to do! So, do this monthly! Tell each and every woman you know to also do this very important self check, you could be saving a life!
Until next time and as always...Thanks for checking out my blog: TwithTally!