Ladies: You ARE In Control For Preventing Breast Cancer
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
At some point in your life, you may be affected by cancer.
It may be you or someone close to you.
It may be a co-worker or the woman down the street.
No matter who it is, cancer may touch you.
But ladies, you may want to pay close attention to this article.
It may save your life.
Breast cancer is a cancer that affects your breast tissue.
There are two types: one that affects your ducts and the other affects your lobules.
Lobules are cells in your breast that make milk.
Ducts are tubes in your breast which transport milk from your breast to the nipple.
In most cases, breast cancer tumors have receptor sites that allow estrogen to bind to it.
This makes the tumor sensitive to estrogen.
When your estrogen levels increase, they may stimulate
and speed up the growth of tumor cells
The statistics for both women AND men are SCARY!
For women, breast cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer.
This year alone, over 230,000 new cases have been diagnosed.
And there will be almost 40,000 deaths from breast cancer.
And ladies, you are not alone.
Guys can even get breast cancer.
And this year, over 2,100 NEW cases have been diagnosed.
Almost 450 of those MALES died this year.
But there is HOPE on the horizon.
Let me explain…
Prevention of Breast Cancer
A new report released shows that environmental factors that you are exposed to may INCREASE your risk for developing breast cancer.
But some of these conditions CAN be changed.
However, there are some risks that you can’t change.
Age, gender, genetics, and when you started your menstrual cycle all cannot be changed.
And of course, there are other risk factors.
However, these risk factors may be MODIFIABLE.
You may reduce your risk factors by changing
or eliminating environmental risk factors
Just like other diseases, genetics play a very large role in the development of breast cancer.
But environmental conditions may also INCREASE your risk factors.
Environmental risk factors are risks
not attributed to your DNA
Environmental risk factors may be modified to REDUCE your risk for breast cancer.
Here is a list of modifiable risk factors:
• Smoking and passive smoking
• Avoiding overexposure to medical radiation
• Postmenopausal drugs
• Limiting alcohol consumption
• Increasing physical activity
• Shift work (late night shifts may increase your risk)
• Exposure to environmental chemicals
• And for post-menopausal women, reducing weight
Of course, not everyone will experience the same results if they modify these risk factors.
For some, modifying your risk may not benefit you.
MOST women may see dramatic effects by REDUCING risk
factors associated with developing breast cancer
Changing certain aspects may lead to a healthier life, and may possibly lead one to be free from breast cancer.
How Can You Help?
There are certain risk factors which you cannot change.
Age, gender, genetics, and your menstrual cycle all determine your risk for developing breast cancer.
And you can’t change these risks.
But there is GOOD NEWS!
By changing certain aspects in your life which may increase your risk, you may be SAVING YOUR LIFE.
By reducing your exposure to smoke and medical radiation, increasing physical activity, and losing weight you may reduce your risk factors.
Breast cancer is a very deadly form of cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may prevent you from becoming another sad statistic in the fight against breast cancer.
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IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Breast cancer and the environment: A life course
approach. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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