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Empowering Knowledge: Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a vital reminder of the importance of understanding breast cancer, its prevention, and early detection. Focusing on prevention empowers us to make positive changes in our lives and reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Prevention: Knowledge is Power

  1. Lifestyle Choices: Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a balanced diet with more vegetables and fruits, and regular exercise. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, especially in postmenopausal women. Engaging in regular physical activity and adopting a balanced diet can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Alcohol consumption is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Reducing or eliminating alcohol intake can lower this risk. If individuals choose to drink, it’s advisable to do so in moderation.
  2. Regular Screening: Mammograms and clinical breast exams are crucial for early detection. Self-examinations at home also play a role in spotting any changes in breast health. Breast cancer can be found by the person themselves through breast self-examination. Regular breast self-exams are an essential part of breast health awareness. While breast cancer is often detected through routine screening mammograms or clinical breast exams by healthcare professionals, self-exams can also play a crucial role in early detection.
  3. Know Your Family History: Understanding your family’s history of breast cancer can help assess your risk. A family history of breast cancer may lead to earlier and more frequent breast cancer screenings, such as mammograms and clinical breast exams. This vigilant monitoring is crucial for early detection, which can improve treatment outcomes. It’s important to note that while family history is a significant risk factor, most individuals diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. Many cases of breast cancer occur sporadically, without a known genetic predisposition.
  4. Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding can offer several protective benefits when it comes to reducing the risk of breast cancer. The protective effect of breastfeeding appears to be dose-dependent, meaning that the longer a woman breastfeeds, the more significant the reduction in her breast cancer risk. Studies have shown that the risk reduction is more pronounced for women who breastfeed for an extended duration, such as a year or more.

“During the month of October INS Hospice is spreading awareness in the prevention of breast cancer. It’s a time to support those affected and empower ourselves with knowledge, ultimately working towards a world where breast cancer is less threatening.” ~ Phyllis Burr RN

This blog is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on INS Hospice’s blog.

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