Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness & Tips
Breast cancer has become one of the most common diseases affecting a growing number of American families. Second only to skin cancer, breast cancer is most often diagnosed in women. Approximately 230,000 women and 2,300 men are diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer each year in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
As stated in an “Everyday Guide to Breast Cancer” at Everydayhealth.com, “Breast cancer is cancer that begins with the formation of a malignant tumor in the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into nearby tissue or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.”
KNOW THE SIGNS:
Women or men may discover a lump, a mass, or other changes to their breast, which prompts a medical visit for further testing. Whether irregular in shape, rounded, painless, or painful – it is important to have any breast changes professionally evaluated.
The American Cancer Society lists symptoms to discuss with your healthcare provider:
-Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
-Skin irritation or dimpling
-Breast or nipple pain
-Nipple retraction (turning inward)
-Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple
-Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
-Breast pain or heaviness
KEYS TO PREVENTION:
Take action today to reduce your risks for developing breast cancer and other diseases. In addition to maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and a healthy diet, experts agree that it’s imperative to STOP smoking. Smoking, obesity, and a lack of exercise are key risk factors, according to the NCI.
Studies show that the food we eat affects our health, and scientists have discovered that certain foods can promote breast health. As noted at Everydayhealth.com, recommended foods and tips for nutritional healing include:
-Eat an array of vitamin-rich VEGETABLES, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or radishes.
-Enjoy GREEN TEA for potent antioxidants to protect your body from disease.
-An APPLE a day provides cancer-fighting phytochemicals in addition to fiber.
-POMEGRANATES, which are rich in polyphenols, may potentially prevent breast cancer.
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