Every Month Should be Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Every Month Should be Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.


1.  Mammogram

Screening should begin by age 40, unless there is a family history. In that case screenings should be earlier.


2.  Self-Exams

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:

    -Vitamin D

    -Folate (orange juice, spinach, asparagus, etc.)

    -Vegetables

    -Omega-3 Fatty Acids (salmon, walnuts, etc.)

    -Antioxidants (blueberries and green tea)