Did you know that other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women? It’s so important to take care of yourself and be screened for this disease. Keep in mind that breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, but it can help by allowing it to be found early, when it is easiest to treat. The American Cancer Society has shared that there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Screening for this disease does save lives.
Some Facts About The Disease
The leading risk factor of breast cancer is simply being a woman. A woman has approximately a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. Most women, which is eight out of ten who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. However, if a woman has a first-degree relative such as a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer, the risk almost doubles. Also, keep in mind that as one ages, the risk of breast cancer goes up as most breast cancers are found in women who are 55 and older.
Yes, Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too
Even though breast cancer is rare amongst men, it is still very important to share that men do get breast cancer. Only approximately 1% of breast cancer diagnoses are given to men, but men carry a higher mortality than women, primarily because of a lower awareness among men that leads to delayed treatment. It’s important that men be aware of risk factors and get themselves checked, too.
Preventative Measures To Stay Healthy
There are preventative measures that can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Here are a few:
- Keep in mind that it’s important to maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer.
- An active lifestyle helps you maintain a healthy body weight which reduces your risk of breast cancer.
- Limit your alcohol intake. Research has confirmed a link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption.
- There are overwhelming amounts of research and evidence that suggest a relationship between smoking and breast cancer risk as well.
- Some research has suggested a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. Limit your exposure to radiation by only having x-rays taken when absolutely necessary.
How We Raise Awareness
Like many types of community-centric businesses, our team of HVAC experts is dedicated to helping raise awareness of breast cancer. In October, our technicians swap their regular shoe covers for pink ones to show their support and to remind our customers to take the steps to be tested and stay healthy.
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