This is a very personal cause for me, as I lost my darling Mother to this horrible disease nearly 30 years ago. At that time, women were not as informed and in fact, treatment was probably still in ‘trial’ stages. The long term prospects were not good, although my mother did not give up for 10 years. She suffered radiation and so much chemo that her hair never grew back.
Now having Breast Cancer is not necessarily a death sentence as it was in previous generations. However, you need to be aware.Today, we are fortunate to have screening available for Mammograms and Ultrasounds. Genetic testing is also available for those who want to know if they carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. We are educated to self-check for lumps or changes to our breasts so there are more positive outcomes for those who develop breast cancer. Breast cancer is highlighted much more in the media and we ourselves are much more open about our bodies than our mothers were.
However, some of us are still complacent and that is why I am writing this post to urge you to be aware and don’t ignore the warning signs.
[bctt tweet=”#Breast Cancer can be conquered if treated early. Don’t forget your #mammogram and check for any changes to your breasts.”]
Did you know….
- Two out of three women with invasive breast cancer are diagnosed after age 55
- Men can also develop breast cancer
- Lack of exercise and leading a sedentary lifestyle can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
- Poor diet containing saturated fats and little fruit and vegetables can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
- Being overweight and especially if you have been through menopause can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
- Drinking alcohol regularly over the recommended levels can increase your chances of Breast Cancer
Just because you find a lump doesn’t mean you have Breast Cancer, however, YOU NEED TO STILL GET IT CHECKED OUT!
[bctt tweet=”Fact: 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with #Breast Cancer in their lifetime”]
The Good News is that Death Rates for Breast Cancer have been declining since the 1990s.
The attached infographic from Bankers Healthcare Group provides Facts, Myths and Information on Breast Cancer.
Download the pdf version here Breast Cancer Awareness
The McGrath Foundation in Australia has some great information on how to check your breasts so click here http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/OurMission/BreastAwareness.aspx
Once you have finished reading my post, I hope you will book in for your Mammogram or at least make a habit of self-checking each month. Why not also remind your mother, sister, girlfriend, daughter to book as well?