Though it sounds horrific, Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. As October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is the best time to raise your voice about the importance of breast cancer awareness. It is the time to spread the word so that one can diagnose this lethal disease earlier to get the best treatment. Encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to help each other in knowing more and more about this disease. Apt information followed by real-time treatment can make a lot of difference.
How to detect it early?
As the proverb goes, “Prevention is better than cure” one should be more alert to observe this upcoming threat. Every woman should have the knowledge about the breast health. Although self-checkups are useful but it cannot give results like regular mammograms and screening tests. Screening tests help to detect the breast cancer in its early stages. Hence, it is suggested to every woman that they should get their full body check-up done once in a month.
Possible warning signs of breast cancer:
- Breast swelling or a part of it get swelled up
- Skin irritation or lumpiness
- Pain in breast or nipple
- Nipple retraction
- Nipple or breast skin thickens or becomes red
- Nipple discharge
At times, a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes even before you can detect the original tumor in the breast. This leads to a lump or swelling under the arm or around the collar bone. Therefore, it is necessary to examine the swollen lymph nodes by a health care professional. It may be possible that these symptoms are due to some other things but still you need to get it checked to find the real cause.
Exercise reduces the risk of Breast Cancer
Exercise is must for every individual to lead a healthy life. Talking about women (especially in late 40’s & 50’s), they get so busy with their daily routine that their own health takes a back seat. It is high time to change this perspective by making yourself important too. Your health should be your priority and you need to take care of it by your own. Exercise is one of the healthiest ways of keeping your body and soul relaxed and fit.
- It decreases your body fat percentage resulting in low levels of estrogen and estrogen is one of the strongest risk factors.
- It strengthens your immune system so that your body can fight against the breast cancer cells.
- It keeps you stress free & relaxed.
Other than this, there are so many support groups that you can join to get information:
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It is our small effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and precautionary measures to be adopted in the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. However, we wish everyone to live a healthy & happy life forever.