One person is diagnosed approximately every 3 minutes and one person dies of breast cancer approximately ever 14 minutes.
People over the of 50 account for 76% of breast cancer cases; while only 5% of breaset cancer diagnoses are in people under the age of 40 and 18% are in their 40's.
The majority of breast cancers found today are "hormone receptor positive", and excellent treatment exists. Nearly 1 out of 5 breast cancers diagnosed will be HER 2 -Positive, a form that tends to grow and spread more aggressively than other breast cancer.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Self breast exam routinely, mammograms at age 40 and every year after that. Know your history.
Reduce Alcohol use(one or more drinks a day is associated with increased risk of breast cancer).
Diet and Nutrition; Being overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer especially after menopause
Exercise 3-4 times a week
2/3 of your plate should be plant based
Eat small, frequent meals
Use principle of 2/2/2/ + snacks (fruit and vegetable0
Don't smoke or quite smoking- tobacco smoke is known carcinogen and risk factor. Exposure to smoking and secondhand smoke should be avoided.
These are a few of the facts around breast cancer. The upside is we are finding it earlier with better outcomes and treatment has improved with new interventions coming out each day. This is not the end....this is the beginning and I am here to help.
Know your cancer risk and what you can do about it and be pro-active, do your monthly breast exams, do your mammograms and follow those steps to a healthier lifestyle.
And MAKE IT A GOOD DAY! Sue