This Type of Cancer Affects 1 in 8 Women.

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women?! Yup. In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 😳

Since breast cancer is so common, it’s important to learn more about it and take steps of prevention before onset is possible! 💕

Here are some facts about breast cancer that you might not already know.

  1. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but can occur in men. 99% of breast cancer cases occur in women. This means that while breast cancer in men is very rare, it does occur.

  2. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US and the first leading cause of cancer death among women globally. Although deaths from breast cancer have declined over time thanks to early detection, each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die

  3. Family history increases your risk. Having a mother, sister, or daughter (first-degree relative) diagnosed with breast cancer approximately doubles the risk of you getting breast cancer. The risk is higher the more close relatives of yours have breast cancer, or if a relative developed breast cancer under the age of 50.

  4. Symptoms aren’t the same for everyone. Breast cancer warning signs and symptoms can vary greatly. Most actually don’t notice any signs at all. The most common symptom is a lump in your breast or armpit; others include skin changes, pain, a nipple that pulls inward, and unusual discharge from your nipple.

So what’s the most important thing to know? You CAN decrease your risk for breast cancer! ❤️ Although it might not be able to be completely prevented, there are things such as diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices that can help decrease your risk.

Here are 4 preventative measures you can take to help lower your risk of breast cancer!

  1. Keep weight in check. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important goal for everyone. Being overweight can increase the risk of many different cancers, including breast cancer, especially after menopause!

  2. Be physically active. Women who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise is also one the best ways to help keep weight in check! 💪

  3. Eat your fruits & vegetables, and limit alcohol (zero is best!). A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and limit alcohol.

  4. Get routine mammograms and perform monthly self-checks. Breast cancer screening with mammograms saves lives. It doesn’t help prevent cancer, but it can help find cancer when it’s more treatable. Most women should get yearly mammograms starting at age 40. You should also be familiar with your breasts and tell a healthcare provider right away if you notice any changes in how your breasts look or feel.

Overall, breast cancer in women is declining in numbers - thank goodness! However, many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence your breast cancer risk. You can’t change some factors, but you can help lower your risk by taking care of your health. ✨

Staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer, and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs. 💖

Please stay tuned for more healthy living tips for women, as we celebrate International Women’s Month in March! 🥰

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