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According to Breastcancer.org, an average woman has a 12-13% chance of getting breast cancer in her lifetime. While there are factors that can increase this number, there are also ways to reduce it.
What are some risk factors? (As found at BreastCancer.org)
- Being a woman
- Family/Personal History
- Certain Breast Changes
- Being Overweight
- Pregnancy history
- Breastfeeding and Menstrual Histories
- There are even more factors that can increase your risk, but I don't want to focus on the negative too much.
- Maintain a Healthy weight
- Limit alcohol
- Exercise regularly
- Don't smoke (or quit if you do)
- Reducing your exposure to certain chemicals
What are some things you can do this month?
- Be aware of your risks
- Perform a self-exam
- Go and get a Mammogram done - If you have never had one, or it has been over a year, get checked.
- Help support research/awareness - you can make a donation to an organization or purchase Pink Ribbon products. One thing, when purchasing pink ribbon items, I always like to make sure that part of my purchase is going towards research or awareness.
- Wear Pink! If you have pink in your wardrobe or pink ribbon items, wear it.
Until next time... Know your risks, and love on those in your life...