Learn How You Can Prevent Breast Cancer
While reducing your risk is an impactful part of a proactive lifestyle, it is equally important to know as to how you can detect breast cancer symptoms as early as possible- for the sooner you can detect it, the greater is your chance for survival.
Breast self-awareness is the foremost thing when it comes to early detection of breast cancer symptoms in women. However, it must be noted over here as every woman’s breasts are different, so it’s necessary to know the normal look and feel of your breast. Although the most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump, but then again many women have naturally lumpy breasts and soft mobile lumps that comes and goes away with their period. This is totally normal, as it has been noticed that the breast tissue respond’s to our body’s hormones and so if you notice a lump or change in your breasts that goes after the period is over, chances are it’s nothing to worry about such feeling of tenderness.
For self-detection, touch your breast from several angles with varying pressure to feel the surface and deep layers from the interior by your ribs and don’t forget that your breast tissues extends up to your collarbone, around to your armpits and into your breastbone.
Here are a few most pertinent tips that you can count on to ensure that you lead a breast cancer-free future for yourself and your loved ones.
Get regular Mammograms
Although this may sound quite obvious, but you will be surprised to find how many women’s don’t do it even once in their lifetime. In a study done on breast cancer, it has been found that women who get regular Mammograms have 4% risk of dying of breast cancer compared to those who don’t do it regularly.
Ask your doctor to recommend other tests
It has been found that although Mammograms are necessary for early detection of breast cancer, studies show that only 16 to 40 percent of the Mammograms are accurate. So if you find discomfort in your breast in spite of a negative Mammogram get an ultrasound or an MRI done which are almost 100% accurate in detecting breast tumors even on dense breasts.
Exercise 30 minutes every day
As exercise keeps our hormone levels healthy, doing exercise for half an hour everyday prevents the development of hormone-fueled breast cancers in women. Doing exercise also helps in keeping your weight down.
Don’t take birth control pills, or limit how long you take them
Medical experts agree that long term use of estrogen and progesterone combination hormone therapy boosts the risk of breast cancer. So always ask your doctor to prescribe the lowest possible dose and plan to use it as a six month respite and then reevaluate. It has been observed that 5 years is the maximum time that a woman should be on hormones.
Know your BMI (Body Mass Index)
Know and lower your BMI if it is necessary. Studies have shown that women whose BMI is at the lower end of the scale for their height, lowers the risk of breast cancer.
Last but not the least even if you find a lump, don’t panic. Always remember 80% of lumps found in the breasts end up not being cancerous.