The month of October brings us many things, a transition into fall, Halloween, and a friendly reminder to pay a visit to our trusty ob-gyn. October is the official month for breast cancer awareness and it’s a great opportunity to make that appointment to get a check-up; after all, regular visits are very important in the battle against breast cancer. You may be surprised to learn that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed over the course of their lifetime. With the advance in science and medicine there have never been more methods of cancer prevention, however, with that said being in control of your health is always the primal first step. In honour of breast cancer awareness month, here are some preventative measures you can take.
Understand your Family History
If your family has a history of cancer, unfortunately, you’re slightly more prone to acquire the disease. That’s why it’s important to gain as much information about your family as you can. If possible try to piece together a clear history of both parents, going at least three generations back. If your a mother had cancer before menopause, you should aim to start getting tested 10 years before her age when cancer was identified. It’s important that when this is being done, to include all variations of cancer. Providing your doctor with a clear family history is a great step in prevention.
Detecting breast cancer early will greatly increase your chance of survival, so being proactive is absolutely crucial. You may have been taught how to do a self-breast examination at some point in your life, but because a woman’s body often goes through many physical changes, it can sometimes be a little difficult to know what you’re looking for. Doing a self check every month isn’t necessarily needed, however it is important that you understand your own breasts. Understand how they feel and look at all times. This means that anything abnormal such as changes in colour, nipple discharge, or sudden pain and change in both breasts can be noticed much quicker. If any of the above occurs, it would be highly recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor. If you’re unsure of how to do a self-check this infographic will help you out.
Take a Blood Test
A blood test can reveal many things regarding personal health. Once again, by understanding the possibilities you’re able to take charge of your health. If you’re someone who carries a genetic history of cancer, make an appointment with your doctor to get a personalised screening specific to their genetic variants. These tests generally need extensive analysis and examination, so make sure you go to a doctor your trust. But more information is always helpful.
Lead a Healthy lifestyle
We all hold the ability to reduce the risk of disease by changing our habits. Being self-aware of the life will lead is important. This means by exercising for about 40 minutes three times a week and limiting alcohol intake will help promote a healthy lifestyle and in turn possibly reduce the risk of cancer. It is important to note, however, that living a clean and healthy lifestyle is not a guarantee for a disease-free life, but it definitely helps.
In honour of Breast Cancer Month, Source Beauty has partnered with the Baheya Foundation for Early Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer. The non-profit foundation provides women across Egypt the facilities and resources to detect and treat breast cancer. We couldn’t think of a better organization to help spread the word about breast cancer. With every purchase from Source Beauty, you can make a donation that will go directly to Baheya.
Image Credit: Pinterest