Considering that October is celebrated as the Breast Cancer Awareness month, many efforts are being made to address this issue, because this disease is the second most common form of cancer, after skin cancer, among women across the United States.
Based on the statistics, around 40,450 women will most likely die because of breast cancer throughout the US. Although such numbers are alarming, the mortality rate has dropped off significantly during the past twenty years thanks to several influencing factors such as advances in the medical field, awareness, and early detection.
According to nurse practitioner Jodene Burkhart with the Panhandle Health Group, when women come for a check, she thoroughly informs them about breast exams and how to reduce the risks of breast cancer.
She adds that if women educate themselves, they have higher chances to prevent or early detect this disease. Also, the ideal time when women should do breast exams is within five to seven days after the menstrual cycle, while it is best to make it a habit of it and do it every month.
Women should examine their breasts in order to detect any lumps or bumps that might occur in time as this is the first and most important prevention step. Based on experts’ opinion, women should start having mammograms at around 40 years of age.
There are women who have mammograms every year and thanks to this habit, they discover lumps early, and although they are cancerous, doctors can contain them and address this issue in no time.
One in five women develop lumps on their breasts, so it is essential for them to do a self-exam every month and immediately see their physicians to seek preventive treatment in case they find any little bump.
According to scientists, age is the leading cause of breast cancer, and that is why yearly mammograms are essential because, besides early detection, they reduce the mortality rates across the United States.
Other prevention methods consist of improving your lifestyle with healthier dietary habits, weekly physical exercises, and weight-control. Also, women should stay away from life-threatening habits such as smoking, and reduce the red meat consumption.
It is worth mentioning that family history cannot be regarded as a deciding factor in the breast cancer development because just about five to ten percent of women develop breast cancer due to inherited genes.
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