- Women's Health
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer is it preventable?
Breast cancer is a word that most women don’t really think about unless they are
diagnosed with it. It is something that men and women could get. I’m sure men never think about it. They have mammalary glands just like women but just not as dominant. Women’s breast have a function that men’s breast don’t have and that is to supply milk to infants when they are born. Women’s breast have milk-producing sacs, passageways for carrying the milk, and for supporting the tissue, they have lymph nodes, glands and tiny muscles and fat. It is quite in contrast to a mans breast which just has muscle and fat. They are both susceptible however, to breast cancer.
A normal healthy body has cells that grow and divide and each perform a specific function and have their place within the body. Cancer or cancer cells are cells that have mutated or changed form because of environmental, nutritional or genetic factors. Cancer are cells that have mutated and have began to divide and multiply within that area of cells and have begun to metastasis or spread. They are no longer contained in the area where they originated.
There are different rates of breast cancer. It depends on where you live, what you are exposed to and what your genetic factors are. According to the Komen website in 2011, it is estimated that among U.S. Women there is be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer. There will be 57,650 new cases of in situ breast cancer, and lobular carcinoma in situ, of those about 85 percent were DCIS . DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and breast cancer risk. There will be 39, 520 breast cancer deaths. In 2003 it was recorded that the lowest rate of invasive breast cancer occurred in the state of Arizona and the highest rate occurred in the District of Columbia. This is not recording deaths, its just recording invasive breast cancer.
The specific populations of women that have an increased chance of contracting breast cancer are Lesbian women, transgender people and pregnant women. African women make the list of contracting the cancer at a higher percentage though the death rate is higher among white women.
In African American woman, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of death. Lung cancer is the only cancer that exceeds that.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are all kinds of walks to raise money for the awareness and the journey to find a cure. There are more women and now even men getting involved in the fight and making people aware. It is imperative that women at the age of 40 begin to go for regular screenings and to start to take the steps to self examine. A regular breast examination in the shower takes five minutes to do. It is very important to catch the cancer in the early stages to prevent permanent damage, like removal of the breast. This cancer can spread to the lymph nodes or to the bladder. The most important thing for people to remember is not to be afraid of it, but to start to take preventative measures now to ensure a productive healthy life. The things we eat are taken for granted. Its important to fill our diet with a variety of foods that are highly nutritional. Things like fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and the right kind of protein, plenty of water, exercise. These things all play a role in taking preventative measures. It’s not a difficult thing, it’s a behavior change that goes with how you decide you want to live your life for the rest of your life.
It is up to you to educate yourself and be aware and take the steps that you need to take in order to lead a more productive and healthy lifestyle.