National Road Pharmacy shares their tips and know-how on this hot topic.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women, with a lifetime risk of one in every 33 women in South Africa being diagnosed with breast cancer (2009 National Cancer Registry). Most women want to know what they can do to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. There are some factors that one cannot do anything about. These include:
- Being a woman
- The ageing process
- Family history and genetics
- Personal history of breast cancer – if one has been previously diagnosed with breast cancer, one has a 3 to 4 times increased risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast or a different part of the same breast.
- Menstrual history – women who started menstruating early (before age 12) and those who go through menopause late (after age 55) have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
There are other ways in which one can help reduce oneÕs chances of developing breast cancer.
- Manage your weight – overweight women are at higher risk than those who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause.
- Breastfeeding can lower the risk of breast cancer.
- Try to avoid using HRT – current or recent users of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Avoid alcohol – research repeatedly shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
- Make time to exercise – research shows a link between moderate exercise and a lower risk of breast cancer.
- Smoking has been linked to a number of diseases, including breast cancer, especially in younger, pre-menopausal women.
Early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer. Regular breast self examination is one way for women to get to know how their breasts usually look and feel, and to notice any changes. The goal is to report any changes to a doctor or nurse straight away.
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