Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, but how much do you really know about it? Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some critical facts about breast cancer and what you can do to help prevent it.
Key Facts About Breast Cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. has provided these important breast cancer facts:
- One in eight American women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer for women – every 13 minutes, one woman will die of breast cancer.
- Even men can get breast cancer – over 2,00 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
- There are more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today.
- Breast cancer death rates have been declining since 1990 due to improved treatments, increased awareness, and better screening for early detection.
While some of these facts may seem disturbing or threatening, the most significant are the last two. With millions of breast cancer survivors and declining mortality rates, you can have hope for a long and healthy life.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself
Protecting yourself against cancer is about both awareness and healthy living. Awareness of what to look for leads to early detection, which ensures a strong chance for cancer eradication and survival. Healthy living can reduce your risk of developing cancer of any kind, including breast cancer.
Getting regular mammograms is one of the best ways to detect cancer before it becomes very serious. We recommend the following places to help you schedule a mammogram:
Touchstone Imaging Wheat Ridge
7615 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Invision Sally Jobe
400 Indiana St, Golden, CO 80401
The Breast Center at Lutheran Medical Center
8300 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
The Breast Center at St. Anthony’s Hospital
11600 W 2nd Place, Lakewood, CO 80028
The Breast Center at Parker Adventist Hospital
9395 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker, CO 80138
Even without a mammogram, being aware of visual changes to your breasts can provide clues that something may be amiss. Examine your breasts regularly for signs such as:
- Changes or irregularities in nipple size
- Nipple retraction/inversion
- Nipple discharge
- Noticeable dimpling of the breast tissue
- Bumps or lumps appearing on the breast
- Changes to the skin color of the breast
If you observe any of these changes, contact your primary care physician and call to schedule a mammogram. Referrals are NOT needed to schedule a mammogram; you can schedule your appointment as soon as you need to.
To guard against cancer, you should live a healthy lifestyle and provide your body with essential nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants to ensure healthy cellular function and development. Of course, regular exercise and a nutritious diet are essential components. Regular physical check-ups with both your primary care physician and your OBGYN are also important and can potentially be life-saving.
According to nutrition experts, you can reduce your risk of certain cancers by giving your body at least two and a half cups of fruits and vegetables every day. This cancer-preventative, antioxidant juice recipe is a wonderful way to supply your body with cancer-fighting nutrients. Combine into your juicer and enjoy one glass per day of the following:
- 5 Carrots
- 5 Celery Stalks
- 1/4 of a whole Beet
- Quarter-size amount of Ginger Root