Breast cancer is among the most serious health concerns for women, leading the way as the most common type of cancer in women. If you haven’t checked your bosoms in a while, you should definitely take a look because a little bit of awareness can go a long way to prevent breast cancer. Here are the top tips for beating breast cancer.
Almost 90% of breast tumors can be detected by personal evaluation. Check your breasts every month for any possible lumps or tumors. Stand in front of the mirror and look for any changes in the breast shape and size. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider right away if you detect any type of lump. That being said, do not panic. Non-cancerous breast conditions are quite common and are never life threateing.
MAINTAIN GOOD HEALTH
A healthy lifestyle is the key component to avoiding cancer. Make sure that your body mass index is in a positive range, which should ideally be under 25. Being physically active is also an important step. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on 5 or more days per week. It is advisable to quit smoking and avoid alcohol, both of which are known to contribute to breast cancer risks in some women.
BREASTFEED YOUR BABY
Yes, you heard that right! Research shows that mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer. In order to take advantage of the benefits of breast feeding, the American Institiute for Cancer Research recommends breast feeding your child exclusively for at least six months. In a study by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, researchers found that for every 12 months a woman breasfed, her risk of breast cancer was decreased by 4.3% compared to those who did not breastfeed.
If you have gone through menopause or are close to it, it is a good idea to avoid oral estrogen and progestin (which is the synthetic form of progesterone) replacement therapy, which can increase the risks. In case your doctor has advised hormones for dealing with the symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is suggested. Literature suggests that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is not associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.
GO FOR SCREENING
If anyone in your family history has breast cancer, make sure that you go for a screening every couple of years, and for women over 50, mammograms every two years are a must. Healthcare providers may advise you to take an estrogen-blocking drug, but make sure that you discuss this option in detail, especially if you are taking other medicines.
REDUCE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE
Finally, do not stress. A number of hormonal and stress related concerns can increase the risk of cancer. Be sure to lead a healthy lifestyle, watch what you eat and keep checking your breasts for a good life ahead. Early detection provides for a much better success rate in beating breast cancer.
Urgent Clinics Medical Care offers breast exams for women and if needed, we will order a mammogram, ultrasound and/or MRI if a lump is found. No appointment is necessary at any of our clinics which are open 8 am to 9 pm daily and are conveniently positioned in Champions Forest, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. Our Pearland Clinic is open 8 am to midnight 7 days a week.