Breast Cancer Awareness: Three Things Every Woman Should Know
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we recently asked Dr. Mel what every woman should know about breast cancer, the most common cancer among women. Here is what she told us:
Tip #1: Choose healthy behaviors can help prevent breast cancer.
Healthy behaviors include eating a nutritious diet, limiting the use of alcohol, refraining from smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active (both aerobic activity and strength training), and avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.
Need support in knowing which healthy behaviors most apply to your personal scenario? Or, do you know what healthy habits you should practice but need support in consistently doing them? Well, you are not alone! Learn about our 360-Wellness Programs HERE.
While there are many healthy behaviors that can benefit everyone, there are certain preventive options that are appropriate for special circumstances. This leads to Dr. Mel’s second tip…
Tip #2: Understand your cancer risk factors and follow risk-appropriate screening guidelines.
Your risk of developing breast cancer involves several factors. Some – like those mentioned above – are within your control. Others include getting older, your reproductive history, having dense breasts, previous high-dose radiation exposure, a personal history of breast disease, a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, and the presence of certain genetic mutations. But even these seemingly non-modifiable risk factors have modifiable components. In other words, there is a lot that is under your control to prevent cancer! To find out about your individual risk factors and what you can do about them, take our Know4No Quiz HERE.
Tip #3: If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, learn about your markers and subtype, as that will direct what treatments will work best for you…
There are three very different subtypes of breast cancer – hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive, and triple-negative. Treatment recommendations vary greatly depending upon subtype, as well as the stage of the cancer. Stage is based on several factors, including the size of the tumor and spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs. Stage 4 cancer, though treatable, is generally incurable. So, it is of utmost importance that, if you have cancer, you find it as early as possible.
…and, when you’re done with your treatment, make sure you refocus right away on cancer prevention!
We at the Cancer Prevention Movement work very hard to empower men and women to do all that they can to live a cancer-free life. Through a 1:1 consultation, Dr. Mel will perform a detailed analysis of your cancer risk factors and design a personalized risk-based screening and prevention program just for you. Not only will this inform you how you can best avoid cancer, it will also make sure that you are well equipped, so that even if cancer should occur, you will most likely discover it so early that can be cured with minimal treatment. Learn more about our Outsmart Cancer Consultations HERE.
If you are a cancer survivor, and you have a story that could help or inspire others to be proactive and prevent cancer before they have it, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line HERE.
To your health!
The Cancer Prevention Movement Team