October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease and the steps necessary to protect yourself. Early detection is key to survival.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause to death in women, but is the most common type of cancer found in women.
If you have a family history of breast cancer then that increases your risk factors in developing the disease yourself. This risk cannot be changed or altered. However, there are some risk factors that can be changed. This means that you need to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes being active and eating healthy. Alcohol consumption can increase your risk, too.
Women should be taking precautions to make sure that there is early detection. This means doing breast self-exams once a month. A mammogram should also be performed on a regular basis starting at the age of 40. This is usually on a yearly basis or as directed by your doctor.
I have a personal connection to breast cancer. I have a family history of this disease. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have mastectomy. Then, about 10 years later they found a tumor in the other breast and had to have another mastectomy. I worry about how this can increase my risk factor.
Please love yourself and loved ones enough to take care of your health. Perform those self-exams and follow up with a doctor if you are ever concerned about anything.