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How to minimize the risk of breast cancer

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Curious fact: Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women.

October is the month in which we shed light on breast cancer, since it is well known that breast cancer is the type of cancer that affects women most in the United States, and one that affects men as well. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2022, 287,850 new cases of breast cancer will have been diagnosed. These alarming figures show us how important it is for us to talk about this serious disease, but above all, how vital it is to raise awareness on the issue: let us remember that breast cancer is curable if it is detected in time.

Risk factors 

The first thing we need to be able to recognize are the risk factors that increase the likelihood of breast cancer. Below, you will find a list of some things to consider, as they could save your life: 

– Being a woman: Men are much less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, as 99 out of every 100 people diagnosed are women 

– Older age: As people get older, the chances of developing breast cancer also increase. 

– Reproductive history: The more “exposure” you have had to hormones, the greater the chances of having this disease. Having started menstruating before age 12 and going into menopause after age 55 exposes you to more hormones. 

– Family or personal history of breast cancer: The risk increases if you have already had the disease, as well as it increases if your first-degree relatives have had it.   

– Among others. 

Prevention

Needless to say, our health depends on ourselves, and we can reduce the risk of disease through our habits. This is no exception with breast cancer. There are three main habits and simple actions that can help you in the long run.

First, it is important to stay physically active, so it is recommended to exercise at least 150 minutes a week. This will help you maintain a healthy weight, which will lower your chances of suffering breast cancer. 

On the other hand, it is also important to be careful with excessive alcohol consumption, as it has proven to be a risk factor. The more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to get this disease. 

Finally, we have an action that will help you lower your risk of any type of cancer: avoid exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer, including cigarettes and tobacco smoke.

How is breast cancer detected?

As mentioned earlier, it is important to detect breast cancer as quickly as possible, as this increases the patient’s chances of survival. 

You can take action from home by conducting a monthly self-examination. Remember to look for the following warning signs: 

– Changes in breast shape, surface area, or size. 

– Lumps 

– Pain in some area of the breasts

– Swollen areas

– Redness or ulcers

– Discharge of fluid from the nipple

– “Orange peel”

If you notice any changes or abnormalities, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Likewise, it is recommended to have a mammogram every year, which involves X-rays of the breasts to look for abnormalities. If a potential cancer is found, it will be diagnosed with a biopsy, in which doctors will get a sample of the breast cells. 

Treatment

There are several ways to treat breast cancer. The choice will depend on the type of breast cancer, stage, and desires of the patient. The most common are:

– Surgery: The cancerous tissue of the breast is removed.

– Chemotherapy: Cancer cells are reduced and killed with medicine.

– Hormone therapy: Prevents cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. 

– Biological therapy: It strengthens the patient’s immune system so that it can fight cancer. 

– Radiation therapy: Treatment in which cancer cells are killed by high-energy rays. 

It is important to emphasize that often more than one of the above methods will be used to combat breast cancer. Likewise, these treatments have numerous side effects for patients.

Real story

Richard Williams, who lives in Dallas-Fort Worth, is an American citizen who survived a breast cancer diagnosis. He discovered that he had cancer in his late 40s, thanks to a self-breast exam while he was taking a shower. There he discovered a lump in his armpit. He had a mastectomy, which saved his life, nevertheless, this wouldn’t have happened if he had not paid attention to his health. 

Richard has shared his story with the purpose of raising awareness and proving that breast cancer is not a female illness and fighting against the stigma that surrounds male breast cancer. Read more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJUxy-kE3lc&ab_channel=WFAA

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Conclusion 

Breast cancer affects a lot of women, and some men as well. Even though it is a critical disease, it is important to remember that if we adopt healthy habits, and know our body, we will be able to detect cases of this disease in a timely manner, and thus be able to treat them with more success. Remember to explore yourself and let’s all fight breast cancer.

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