October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are happy to participate in raising awareness! Breast cancer is a disease that affects all of us in different ways. While there isn’t a cure for cancer, there is a great deal of awareness we should all be knowledgeable of. These are some of the facts that we found fascinating.
- Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, however it is 100 times more likely to happen with women.
- Many people believe that if their relative had cancer that they could be more likely to get it themselves. However, data shows that 85% of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- Only about 2 percent of women meet the guidelines for genetic breast cancer screening. Do not confuse this with getting a regular mammogram.
- Minimizing alcohol will control your risk for cancer. It is advised that one drink of liquor or wine per day is okay. Anything in excess is not recommended.
- More than 80% of women with breast cancer discover lumps in their breasts themselves. It’s recommended to do a monthly self exam.
- It’s reported that only one third of cancer survivors met recommended activity levels. Exercise can’t prevent cancer, but it certainly helps keep better odds in your favor!
- Mammograms on a yearly basis are recommended after the age of 40. However, each person is different. Be sure to discuss how often you need to get one with your personal doctor.
While these facts are great to know, there is still a lot of mystery revolving around all types of cancer. It’s important to stay aware of the potential risks, and to ensure you’re participating in recommended screenings.