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Hey ladies, I know we have been discussing relationships and loving our partners for a while; however, this time, I would like us to discuss another type of love which is loving yourself.This is because if you haven’t love yourself, you wouldn’t be able to love another person properly and a part of loving yourself is caring for your body and guarding yourself against any bodily harm. In that regard, let us talk about breast cancer and how to prevent it:

According to Medical News;breast cancer is a common invasive cancer in women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.Advances in screening and treatment have improved survival rates dramatically since 1989. There are around 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States (U.S.). The chance of any woman dying from breast cancer is around 1 in 37, or 2.7 percent.In 2017, around 252, 710 new diagnoses of breast cancer are expected in women, and around 40,610 women are likely to die from the disease.

Also, according to Wikipedia (2017), breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin.In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.

There are different ways to guard or prevent breast cancer which was explored in an article by a Mayo Clinic staff which is stated below:

  1. Limit alcohol.The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation — based on research on the effect of alcohol on breast cancer risk — is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk.
  2. Don’t smoke.Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
  3. Control your weight.Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause.
  4. Be physically active.Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week.
  5. Breast-feed.Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
  6. Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy.Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. If you’re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. You might be able to manage your symptoms with non-hormonal therapies and medications. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.
  7. Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Medical-imaging methods, such as computerized tomography, use high doses of radiation. While more studies are needed, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. Reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary. (Mayo Clinic Staff)

 

So, having learned about breast cancer, and how to guard yourself against it, please share this article with your loved ones to enlighten them too.

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