Okay, ladies, let’s talk Breast Cancer.
The tragic reality is that around 1 in 8 American women will become a victim of Breast Cancer, with over 400,000 expected to succumb to it in one year alone. These numbers, though alarming, are actually significantly lower than they used to be, which is very likely the result of increased awareness and pro-activity. Knowledge is power and so, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like to encourage you to arm yourself with as much information as possible, starting with these helpful tidbits.
- Women are almost twice as likely to develop breast cancer if an immediate relative has been diagnosed. That being said, around 85% of patients have no family history of breast cancer. Receiving regular checkups and mammograms is important for all women, regardless of genetics.
- While some risk factors, such as age, gender and even ethnicity, are beyond our control, there are lifestyle changes women can make to reduce their risk of contracting breast cancer. These include exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight and limiting smoking and alcohol consumption. Some studies also suggest that breastfeeding for at least one year as well as child bearing at a younger age can lower a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer.
- Just as it is crucial to learn the facts, it is also important to know the non-facts. As with everything fearsome, breast cancer has become the subject of a large number of myths and unfounded theories. Contrary to the rumors you may have heard, studies have demonstrated that neither bras nor abortions, breast implants and antiperspirants increase an individual’s likelihood of contracting breast cancer.
- When something is wrong, our bodies tend to communicate this to us, which is why it is vital to maintain an intimate relationship with our physical selves. Breast Cancer often yields symptoms such as lumps, swelling, pain, redness and nipple discharge. If any of these conditions appear in the area of the breast, make an appointment with a health professional immediately.
People often feel helpless when they hear the word, “cancer.” But being on top of your health can make all the difference in the world. Early detection of cancer can significantly reduce a patient’s risks and is estimated to save thousands of lives each year and transform victims into survivors.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to help you turn your awareness into action! During the month of October, a percentage of our proceeds will be donated to Sharsheret, a national not-for-profit organization, supporting young women and families facing breast and ovarian cancer, at every stage – before, during, and after diagnosis.