The Breast Cancer Awareness Month Campaign was started in 1985 with a simple goal to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. It seems to have worked as death rates form breast cancer have been steadily falling in the past few decades.
But almost everybody knows someone who’s been affected by breast cancer which is the most common cancer among women. At some point in their life 12.3% of women or 1 in 8 will diagnosed with the disease.
1. Overweight or Obesity Increases Breast Cancer Risk
One Major factor that increases the risk of breast cancer incidence in women aged 18 years old and beyond in weight again. According to the American Cancer Society weight gain of at least 20 Pounds boost one’s chances of developing breast cancer by 40%
2. Synthetics Cause Breast Caner
Chemicals that are used in the manufacturing of common products and food items contribute to the rising incidence of breast cancer. Phthalates parabens and sulfates that are ingredients found in beauty products used by women have been proven to further increase an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer.
3. Prevention is Better Than Cure
To ultimately end our battle with breast cancer women should implement ways to prevent its development. Regular breast self examination annual mammography in older women and early consultation in the presence of warning signs are proven ways to halt the progression of the disease through early treatment and effective management.
4. Women Who are Physically Active Have Reduced Risk For Breast Caner
Women who exercise at least three times a week are known to have reduced chances of developing cancer by 30%. On the other hand women living sedentary lifestyles gain unnecessary weight which in turn leads to increased risk for breast cancer.
5. Not All Breast Cancer Cases Are Familial In Nature
A large number of breast cancer patients do not have a history of breast cancer running in their family. in fact over 75% of female patients diagnosed with cancer reported that they do not know of any relatives that have been struck with breast cancer in the past.