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#StrongInPink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

INDIAN CANCER SOCIETY RADIANTBAY Fighting Cancer Since 1951 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS -WHAT IS BREAST CANCER? Cancer that develops in the breast tissues. -HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE IT? Lumps that feel different from the rest of the breast tissue are typically the first noticeable symptom of cancer. Changes in breast size or shape Change in how the nipple looks Redness of the breast Clear or bloody discharge from the nipple Swelling in the armpit Thickening and ridged or dimpled skin texture -HOW DO I LEARN IF I'M AT RISK? These are the important risk factors that women generally have no control over, so knowing which one applies to you will help understand your risk and what you can to do to lower it. FAMILY HISTORY OLDER FIRST FIRST AGE MENSTRUAL CHILDBIRTH especially 60 of breast cancer period before after age 35 years or over age 12 NO MENOPAUSE TALL HEIGHT DENSE CHILDREN BREASTS at age 55 or 5'8" or taller over -HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF? STAY AWAY EXERCISE FROM ALCOHOL REGULARLY • Regular consumption of alcohol can raise the risk of cancer. • The more body fat you have, the more estrogen your body stores,` and estrogen stimulates tumor growth. • Maintain a balanced diet and • Even one drink per day can raise that risk. do at least 30 minutes of • The risk gets higher if you started drinking from a younger moderate physical activity for five or more days a week. • If you are overweight after menopause, it can increase your risk of postmenopausal cancer or having a recurrence. age. • Women, who drink regularly, prior to their first pregnancy are also likely to develop breast abnormalities associated with later cancer growth. EAT MORE FRUITS BREASTFEED AND VEGETABLES YOUR BABY • Mothers experience hormonal changes when they are breastfeed, reducing the exposure to estrogen, the hormone that promotes cancer cell growth. • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, they also shed breast tissue, and this shedding can help remove cells with potential DNA damage. • It is recommended that you breastfeed your baby for at least the first 6 months. • A balanced diet is one of the most powerful ways to reduce the risk of cancer. • Nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E etc, will help protect against and repair damaged DNA, mopping up harmful chemicals and even blocking the formation of cancer-causing chemicals. • Consume more fiber (beans, pulses, nuts etc) and whole grain foods (pasta, whole meal bread, brown rice, cereal etc), • Have less red meat, processed meat, saturated fat and sugar. AVOID ENVIRONMENTAL LIMIT DOSE AND DURATION TOXINS OF HORMONE THERAPY • Combination hormone therapy for more than 3-5 years increases the risk of breast cancer. • If you're taking hormones for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor for other options. • You may be able to manage symptoms with non hormonal therapies, so if you decide that the benefits of short-term therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that work for you. Exposure to toxins like radiation, pesticide and other man-made chemicals will increase the risk of cancer. Avoid this risk by washing fruits and vegetables and grains thoroughly with water, peeling waxed fruits and consuming organic produce whenever possible. AVOID POST-MENOPAUSAL AVOID HORMONES SMOKING • These hormones should not be taken to prevent chronic diseases as they have mixed effect on your health. If you do take these hormones, it: should be for the shortest time Cigarette smoke causes chronic inflammation in your body and long-term exposure to secondhand smoke too can increase your risk. possible. -HOW DO I GET TESTED FOR BREAST CANCER?- GET A MAMMOGRAM GET A SCREENING Screening is the best way to protect yourself from breast cancer. Regular mammograms are important as they can detect cancer early on, when it is most treatable, nearly 1-3 years before you feel a lump. Though it does not prevent it, screening will help with early detection, especially if you have a family history with cancer. --WHEN DO I GET TESTED?- All women over the age of 20 should get scanned regularly for breast cancer. The right screening tests mainly depend on your age. If you are If you are If you are BETWEEN 20 & 39 AT HIGH RISK 40 OR OLDER you may need to have mammograms more often, along with other types of screening tests. get a clinical breast exam about every 3 years get a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year

#StrongInPink - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

shared by millniece-radiantbay on Oct 25
While October is dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer, the month shouldn't be the end of our fight against the disease. In association with the Indian Cancer Society, we are sharing an inf...


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