Even though October is named breast cancer awareness month, we at Prairie Lakes think it is a topic that needs to be brought up more than a month a year. By taking these steps, early detection is possible when the cancer is the most treatable.
Screening should begin by age 40, unless there is a family history. In that case screenings should be earlier.
Look for swelling, warmth, redness, darkening of breast tissue, change in breast shape or size, itching, sores, inverting nipples and new or acute breast pain.
3. Genetic Testing
If patients have family history, undergoing these tests that search for “cancer gene” is a good idea.
4. Healthy Weight
People who are overweight produce more estrogen which is associated with increased risk for breast cancer.
5. Wholesome Diet
Here is a breast cancer-fighting diet to go by:
-Folate (orange juice, spinach, asparagus, etc.)
-Omega-3 Fatty Acids (salmon, walnuts, etc.)-Antioxidants (blueberries and green tea)