October is breast cancer awareness month!
Did you know that for every 8 women in the U.S., 1 will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime?
In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883
6 things you can do to reduce breast cancer risk:
1. Control your weight – Maintain a healthy weight and nourish your body with high-quality nutrients. Studies have shown that breast cancer risk increases with obesity or being overweight for both men and women
2. Limit your alcohol intake – Women who drink 3 or more drinks per week of any type of alcohol have a 15% increase in their breast cancer & should consume less than 3 drinks per week
3. Avoid tobacco – smoking causes a number of diseases and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women
4. Getting moving – studies conclusively show physical activity helps in maintaining a healthy weight and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors live longer when physically active. Any form of activity – swimming, walking, biking, dancing – at a moderate intensity a few times per week can go a long way in preventing and managing breast cancer.
5. Know your family history – You may be at higher risk if family members have developed breast cancer especially at an early age. Consider genetic counseling
6. Self-examination will not help prevent cancer but can help find cancer at the earliest stages when most treatable.
Sending positive vibes, love, and light to breast cancer fighters. Remember your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does?